Even though many child and adolescent cancer survivors remain well-adjusted during their younger years, a new study reports that about one fifth will experience posttraumatic stress as they become young adults. "Young adulthood is normally a time of increased vulnerability to stress, but especially so with cancer survivors, who are negotiating interpersonal relationships, their ability to have children, and the need to focus on a career," said Wendy Hobbie, CRNP, of Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.
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