Young Adults

 

 

Young Adults are Lacking in Trials

The relative improvement in the survival rate in young adults has not kept pace with that achieved in younger patients.

Why?

bulletYoung adults are different biologically than children; might need different treatments.
bulletYoung adults delay in seeking medical attention; they might feel that they are invincible or not covered by medical insurance.
bulletYoung adults get different cancers than other age groups; over 50% of the cancers are "pediatric", yet the oncologists are adult.  For example, adult oncologists may be less willing to be aggressive with dosing that can be tolerated by the younger patient.
bulletAbout 50% of children with cancer participate in trials; < 1% of young adults do.
bullet90% of children with cancer receive care at a institution which participates in NCI-sponsored trials; in the 20- to 29-year olds, this is only 10%.
bulletThere are fewer clinical trials for young adults.
bulletYoung adults are unwilling to participate in clinical trials.

 

 

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