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Hoe do cancer impact on teenagers
The most devastating effect is that a teenagers natural inclination is to be planning for a future and going to school, interacting with friends, and social networking. [ Treatment for cancer at this critical stage of development inteferes with all areas of a teens life. This is the age where a teen learns to be independent or to go away from home and find their own way. this is impossible for a teen with cancer. Just when they should be becoming independent they need to lean on their parents and others for help. Employment, school, social life, . . all are put on hold . . sometimes
indefinitely . . while everyone else goes on with their lives. Teens also have very special physcial as well as emotional needs that are rarely addressed by pediatric or adult oncologists. A teen with cancer is faced with issues about fertility and sexuality at a time when they are already confused about these issues. A teen for the first time is faced with issues of mortality . . the real possibilities that they could die and all the emotional baggage that comes with that fear. A teen with cancer often faces isolation from their peers, from the medical field, from school, from adults, and often has no where to turn. Due to treatment a teen often is unable to go to school or concentrate . . jobs are difficult to obtain . . and they become effectively uninsurable as they age. Insurance companies will drop a teen from a parent policy if they are no longer in school. There are many, many issues that remain to be addressed both socially, medically, and legally. source: yahoo ]
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