Psychosocial issues in adolescents with cancer

Cancer Treat Rev. 2007 Nov;33(7):622-30. doi: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2006.12.006. Epub 2007 Apr 16.


Cancer in adolescents is uncommon and when it occurs raises a number of unique challenges for both the patient and their families. Adolescence is a period of time of significant physical and emotional changes and a diagnosis of cancer during this time has a major impact on their psychological and physical development. In this review we will look at the psychosocial issues facing adolescents who have cancer. We will address adolescent development, issues related to informed consent and assent, initial responses to the diagnosis of cancer, quality of life and the experience of the adolescent with cancer, psychological adjustment, support systems, body image issues, sexuality, education, hope, and treatment compliance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Development / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / psychology
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Psychology, Adolescent / methods*