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Helping young adult cancer survivors adopt a healthy lifestyle

March 31, 2016

New Rochelle, NY, March 31, 2016--A healthy lifestyle is especially important for young adult and teenage survivors of cancer, and how health behavior messages related to diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption are developed and presented may impact their effectiveness in this population, according to an article in Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO), a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free to download on the JAYAO website until April 30, 2016.

Gemma Pugh and coauthors from University College London, CLIC Sargent (London), and University College London Hospital, reviewed the medical literature and identified trends in the delivery and content of health behavior interventions specifically targeted to adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and characteristics shared by successful interventions. They highlight the potential benefits of including young cancer survivors in the design of the interventions and exploring the use of e-health technologies to support behavior change in this population. The researchers present their findings in the article "Health Behavior Change Interventions for Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review."

"The issue of healthy lifestyles is an extremely important component of cancer survivorship, and Gemma Pugh and her colleagues present an excellent framework for ongoing discussion and research into this important topic," says Editor-in-Chief Leonard S. Sender, MD, University of California, Irvine and CHOC Children's Hospital Hyundai Cancer Institute, Orange, CA.
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About the Journal

Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary research, education, communication, and collaboration between health professionals in AYA oncology. JAYAO provides a forum for AYA cancer research and practice advances for all professional participants and researchers in care for AYA-aged cancer patients and survivors. The Journal's multidisciplinary editorial board and readership includes but is not limited to: pediatric, medical, and surgical oncologists of all types and specialties; oncology nurses and advanced practice staff; psychosocial and supportive care providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers; translational cancer researchers; and academic- and community-based pediatric and adult cancer institutions. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO) website.

About the Society

The Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) is an international professional organization dedicated to improving adolescent and young adult cancer care through the promotion of interdisciplinary research, education, communication, and collaboration among health professionals. Patients and survivors aged 15-39 are a distinct patient population within oncology, and SAYAO focuses on the unique biological, clinical, psychosocial, and survivorship issues of this age group.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative medical and biomedical peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Palliative Medicine and Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, newsmagazines, and books is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

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