NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Learning that you have cancer is a shock. Learning that you have cancer when you’re still in
school, or just getting started in your career, or just starting a family makes the shock even greater.
This booklet is designed to help you understand what’s happening and to get the support you
need, including the best possible cancer treatment. It includes some basic information on the
cancer tests and treatments you may go through, tips for coping with the physical, social, and
emotional challenges of cancer treatment, and information on resources that can help make the
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The source of the information
NCCN is a not-for-profit network of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers. Experts from NCCN
have written treatment guidelines for physicians and other medical professionals who care for
adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer. These treatment guidelines suggest what
the best practice is for cancer care. The information in this booklet is based on these guidelines.
For more information
This booklet focuses on the overall challenges faced by AYAs with cancer. Details on specific
cancers are beyond the scope of this booklet. But, the full library of patient booklets and additional
information on specific types of cancers can be found on
About this booklet
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purpose without the express written permission of NCCN.