From the online medical news service Medical News Today, “Some adolescent cancer survivors may require more comprehensive mental health screening,” posted 7-19-16. This article reports on research from the Childhood Cancer Survivors Study which identified distinct profiles in adolescent cancer survivors.
The results find it most adolescent survivors of childhood cancer are similar to their peers, with no reported psychological symptoms. Some, however, have not only significant symptoms but also the symptoms tend to occur in clusters for some cancer conditions. The article concludes, “The findings underscore the need for more robust screening,” and can present an opportunity to improve the quality of life for adolescent cancer survivors, which is a growing population.
mhconcierge’s take: this article highlights an opportunity to partner with medical colleagues, in this case oncologists, and to expand the practice of psychology.