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January 24/31, 2001

Cancer Stress Continues

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JAMA. 2001;285(4):401. doi:10.1001/jama.285.4.401-JQU10000-4-1

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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