NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
This book is designed for AYAs
dults) dealing with cancer. It may also
be useful for caregivers, family, and friends.
Reading this book at home may help you absorb
what your doctors have said and prepare for
treatment. As you read, you may find it helpful to
create a list of questions to ask your doctor.
Where should I start
This depends on what you need to know! Each
topic is described at the start of Parts 1 through
9. Page numbers are listed so you can flip right
to information you need. Your treatment team
can also point out the sections that apply to you.
Does the whole book apply
According to the National Cancer Institute, an
adolescent or young adult is anyone between
the ages of 15 and 39. That’s a pretty big range,
so not all of the information in this book is for
you. For example, if you’re still in school you
might not need information on how to deal with
cancer in the workplace.
Feel free to skip over sections that don’t apply
to you. And always, keep in mind that this
book does not replace the knowledge and
suggestions of your doctors. The first and most
important rule of dealing with cancer is to talk
honestly with your treatment team. They are
there to help.
Making sense of medical
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Most of these words may
be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask
your treatment team to explain a word or phrase
that you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Words in the
are underlined when first used on a page.
Acronyms are also defined when first used
and in the
. Acronyms are short words
formed from the first letters of several words.
One example is DNA for