ABSTRACT

Exploring the work of a psych-oncology team in an inpatient and out-patient setting, this powerful, interesting and engaging book is about teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer.

As part of the few multi-disciplinary teams of this type in the United Kingdom, the authors offer helpful insights into supporting young people and their families as they navigate this complex and devastating disease, writing on key areas such as trauma, the effects of early childhood cancer in adolescence and beyond, the social and cultural effects of cancer treatment, hope and hopelessness, and questions of mortality. Each chapter contains a mixture of clinical reflections and vignettes from patients, along with clear guidance about how to support patients and their families both during and after treatment, and at the point of death too.

With a compassionate approach to understanding the challenges for patients, their families and clinicians alike, this is a book for nurses, doctors, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, for parents, carers and for young people who find themselves in this position and who can easily feel as though they are alone with overwhelming feelings.

Introduction;  1 Overview: cancer in teenagers and young adults and psycho-oncology;  2 The cancer journey;  3 Adolescents with cancer: a journey interrupted;  4 Keeping young adults with cancer connected: a psychologist’s reflections;  5 Cancer in adolescence from a trauma perspective;  6 Reverberations through the mind: explorations of emotional complexities arising from childhood cancer and its "late effects";  7 Hope and despair in the face of life-threatening disease;  8 Working with families where a young person is facing death