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Episode 113 - Dr. Barbara Jones: Adolescent Cancer Survivors: Identity Paradox and the Need to Belong

Monday, February 18, 2013, 8:54:38 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Barbara Jones discusses the developmental and psychosocial effects of cancer on adolescents and young adults. Dr. Jones speaks to the need to understand the unique needs of the adolescent and young adult. She also explains how these unique needs can complicate the continuum of care as well as important developmental processes. Further, Dr. Jones suggests strategies of intervention to consider when working with this population.

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Average Rating: 4stars  very interesting! would love to know more!, Wednesday, February 05, 2020

By Kerry :

I thought this podcast was very interesting. I am personally very interested in pediatric and adolescent oncology and am always looking for new ways to further my knowledge in this area. It is so important to keep in mind, as a social worker, the kind of challenges that this population faces. Helping them reintegrate into society and into a "normal" lifestyle after surviving cancer is not an easy feat, and understanding the difficulties this population is dealing with is essential to effective work. I would have loved to hear more detail about the struggles adolescent and young adult cancer survivors deal with through case examples. I would also have loved to hear further information on your experience with pediatric cancer patients. Overall, however, this podcast was very informative.


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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast 113 response, Saturday, February 01, 2020

By Aleah :

This podcast interested me because I intern at a youth program and one of my students is a recent cancer survivor. The student is younger than the age group that was discussed in this podcast, but I believe that there are similarities between how adolescents/young adults and 'pre-teens' experience the conflict of understanding their identity and the feeling of having missed out on certain experiences. Another aspect of the podcast that I found interesting is that there are specialized clinics now for adolescents and young adults who have cancer. I believe that having these specialized clinics is a good idea for this age group because pediatric oncology centers and geriatric oncology centers aren't a place where this population would feel appropriate.

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