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Psychological stress in young cancer survivors associated with higher medical costs


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Reuters Health - 11/01/2022 -Psychological distress among adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors may lead them to seek more care, which may burden them with medical expenses, a U.S. study suggests. An analysis of data from more than 1,700 AYA cancer survivors and almost three times as many matched controls with no history of cancer revealed that psychological distress was nearly twice as common among those who had been diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39, researchers report in Cancer. "We hope to inform survivorship care plans and guidelines to address the long-term psychological needs of AYA cancer survivors," said Dr. Ola Abdelhadi of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. "Our findings highlight the importance of including psychological surveillance and treatment in survivorship care plans of AYA cancer survivors," she told Reuters Health by email. "Specifically, the American Society of Clinical Oncology...


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