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AYA Patients With Cancer Want to Know More About Prognosis

Jason Harris
Published: Monday, Apr 30, 2018

Jennifer W. Mack, MD

Jennifer W. Mack, MD
Adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer placed a high importance on prognostic information, and obtaining that knowledge was associated with improved well-being, according to survey results published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Investigators found that 83% of AYA patients felt that knowing the odds on whether their cancer could be cured was “extremely or very important.” The research team was surprised to learn that, among AYA patients, age apparently had no impact on patients’ desire for more prognostic information (P = .56). They had expected younger patients to be less concerned.

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