Peer and Romantic Relationships among Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Hematological Cancer: A Review of Challenges and Positive OutcomesFoster R.H.a, b · Stern M.c
aDepartment of Psychology, Winona State University, Winona, Minn., bBehavioral Health Department, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisc., and cDepartments of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Psychology, Pediatric Epidemiology Center and Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla., USA
Do you have an account?
- Rent for 48h to view
- Buy Cloud Access for unlimited viewing via different devices
- Synchronizing in the ReadCube Cloud
- Printing and saving restrictions apply
Rental: USD 8.50
Cloud: USD 20.00
This review focuses on peer and romantic relationship experiences of adolescent and young adult (AYA) survivors of childhood cancer, highlighting those surviving leukemia or lymphoma. While most AYA survivors adjust well to life following a hematological cancer diagnosis and treatment, many unique experiences, both positive and challenging, have been documented with respect to successfully navigating developmentally normative social goals. Therefore, the social implications of surviving childhood leukemia or lymphoma are explored. Specifically, the development of peer and romantic relationships, perceptions of social acceptance, parental influences and attachment, perceived vulnerabilities and body image, and risks to fertility are discussed.
© 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel
National Cancer Institute: A snapshot of adolescent and young adult cancers: cancers affecting adolescent and young adults (AYAs). Cancer snapshots: disease focused and other snapshots. 2013. http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/snapshots/adolescent-young-adult.
- Patenaude AF, Kupst MJ: Psychosocial functioning in pediatric cancer. J Pediatr Psychol 2005;30:9-27.
- Gurevich M, Devins G, Rodin G: Stress response symptoms and cancer: conceptual and assessment issues. Psychosomatics 2002;43:259-281.
- Absolom K, Eiser C, Michel G, Walters SJ, Hancock BW, Coleman RE, Snowden JA, Greenfield DM: Follow-up care for cancer survivors: views of the younger adult. Br J Cancer 2009;101:561-567.
- Gerhardt CA, Vannatta K, Valerius KS, Correll J, Noll RB: Social and romantic outcomes in emerging adulthood among survivors of childhood cancer. J Adolesc Health 2007;40:462.e9-462.e15.
- Campbell LK, Scaduto M, Van Slyke D, Niarhos F, Whitlock JA, Compas BE: Executive function, coping, and behavior in survivors of acute lymphocytic leukemia. J Pediatr Psychol 2009;34:317-327.
- Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Well RJ, Noll RB: Intensity of CNS treatment for pediatric cancer: prediction of social outcomes in survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2007;49:716-722.
- Collins WA, van Dulmen M: Friendships and romance in emerging adulthood: assessing distinctiveness in close relationships; in Arnett JJ, Tanner JL (eds): Emerging Adults in America: Coming of Age in the 21st Century. Washington, American Psychological Association, 2006, pp 219-237.
- Maggiolini A, Grassi R, Adamoli L, Corbetta A, Charment GP, Provantini K, Fraschini D, Jankovic M, Spinetta J, Masera G: Self-image of adolescent survivors of long-term childhood leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2000;22:417-421.
- Forsbach T, Thompson A: The impact of childhood cancer on adult survivors' interpersonal relationships. Child Care Practice 2003;9:117-128.
- Thompson A, Long K, Marsland A: Impact of childhood cancer on emerging adult survivors' romantic relationships: a qualitative account. J Sex Med 2013;10(suppl 1):65-73.
- Klosky JL, Foster RH, Nobel A: Pediatric oncology and reproductive health; in Quinn G, Vadaparampil S (eds): Reproductive Health and Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults. New York, Springer Publishing Company, 2012, pp 151-164.
- Zebrack BJ, Casillas J, Nohr L, Adams H, Zeltzer LK: Fertility issues for young adult cancer survivors of childhood cancer. Psychooncology 2004;13:689-699.
- Langeveld N, Grootenhuis M, Voute P, De Haan R, Van Den Bos C: Quality of life, self-esteem and worries in young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Psychooncology 2004;13:867-881.
- Leena-Riitta P, Sammallahti P, Siimes M, Aalberg VA: Childhood leukemia and body image: interview reveals impairment not found with a questionnaire. J Clin Psychol 1997;53:133-137.
- Bellizzi K, Smith A, Schmidt S, Keegan THM, Zebrack B, Lynch CF, Deapen D, Shnorhavorian M, Tompkins BJ, Simon M: Positive and negative psychosocial impact of being diagnosed with cancer as an adolescent or young adult. Cancer 2012;118:5155-5162.
- Pendley JS, Dahlquist LM, Dreyer Z: Body image and psychosocial adjustment in adolescent cancer survivors. J Pediatr Psychol 1997;22:29-43.
- Meltzer LJ, Rourke MT: Oncology summer camp: benefits of social comparison. Child Health Care 2005;34:305-314.
- Cassano J, Negel K, O'Mara L: Talking with others who ‘just know': perceptions of adolescents with cancer who participate in a teen group. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 2008;25:193-199.
- Noll RB, Bukowski WM, Davies WH: Adjustment in the peer system of adolescents with cancer: a two-year study. J Pediatr Psychol 1993;18:351-364.
- Gray CC, Rodrigue JR: Brief report: perceptions of young adolescents about a hypothetical new peer with cancer: an analog study. J Pediatr Psychol 2001;26:247-252.
- Weekes D: Adolescents growing up chronically ill: a life-span developmental view. Fam Community Health 1995;17:22-34.
- Stern M, Krivoy E, Foster RH, Bitsko M, Toren A, Ben-Arush M: Psychosocial functioning and career decision-making in Israeli adolescent cancer survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2010;55:703-713.
- Eiser C, Hill J, Blacklay A: Surviving cancer: what does it mean for you? An evaluation of a clinic based intervention for survivors of childhood cancer. Psychooncology 2000;9:214-220.
Ainsworth MDS: The development of infant-mother attachment; in Caldwell BM, Ricciuti HN (eds): Review of Child Development Research. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1973, vol 3.
- Waters E, Merrick S, Treboux D, Crowell J, Albersheim L: Attachment security in infancy and early adulthood: a twenty-year longitudinal study. Child Dev 2000;71:684-689.
- Owens G, Crowell JA, Pan H, Treboux D, O'Connor E, Waters E: The prototype hypothesis and the origins of attachment working models: adult relationship with parents and romantic partners; in Waters E, Vaughn B, Posada G, Kondo-Ikemura K (eds): Constructs, Cultures, and Caregiving: New Growing Points of Attachment Theory. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1995, pp 216-233.
- Joubert D, Sadéghi MR, Elliott M, Devins GM, Laperrière N, Rodin G: Physical sequelae and self-perceived attachment in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Psychooncology 2002;10:284-292.
Foster RH, Stern M, Russell C, Shivy V, Bitsko MJ, Dillon R, Klosky JL, Godder K: Examining the influence of optimism and perceived health vulnerability on parent-adolescent attachment among survivors of pediatric cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol 2012;1:181-187.
- Green DM, Kawashima T, Stovall M, Leisenring W, Sklar CA, Mertens AC, Donaldson SS, Byrne J, Robison LL: Fertility of female survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol 2009;16:2677-2685.
- Critchley H, Thomson AB, Wallace WH: Ovarian and uterine function and reproductive potential; in Wallace WH, Green DM (eds): Late Effects of Childhood Cancer. London, Arnold, 2004.
- Quinn GP, Vadaparampil ST: Fertility preservation research group. Fertility preservation and adolescent/young adult cancer patients: physician communication challenges. J Adolesc Health 2009;44:394-400.
- Vadaparampil ST, Quinn GP, King L, Wilson C, Nieder M: Barriers to fertility preservation among pediatric oncologists. Patient Educ Couns 2008;72:402-410.
- Saito K, Suzuki K, Iwasaki A, Yumura Y, Kubota Y: Sperm cryopreservation before cancer chemotherapy helps in the emotional battle against cancer. Cancer 2005;104:521-524.
- Nieman CL, Kinahan KE, Yount SE, Rosenbloom SK, Yost KJ, Hahn EA, Volpe T, Dilley KJ, Zoloth L, Woodruff TK: Fertility preservation and adolescent cancer patients: lessons from adult survivors of childhood cancer and their parents. Cancer Treat Res 2007;138:201-217.
- Ginsberg JP, Ogle SK, Tuchman LK, Carlson CA, Reilly MM, Hobbie WL, Rourke M, Zhao H, Meadows AT: Sperm banking for adolescent and young adult cancer patients: sperm quality, patient, and parent perspectives. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2008;50:594-598.
- Levine J, Canada A, Stern CJ: Fertility preservation in adolescents and young adults with cancer. J Clin Oncol 2010;28:4831-4841.
Article / Publication Details
Copyright / Drug Dosage / DisclaimerCopyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.