Sprituality in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer
The Need For Greater Research
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. There are over 100 types of cancer that can affect anyone regardless of their gender, race, age and/or social status. Adolescents and young adults (AYA) 18-39 years old account for approximately 2% of the Canadian population with cancer. The AYA population is a new and upcoming population facing the physical, mental and emotional effects of the disease of cancer. It appears that insufficient research and resources exist for this understudied population. Cancer is a tragedy at any age but for the AYA population it occurs at a period that should be the one of most active stages of development, family and social life. The purpose of the proposed research is to reflect on how AYA cancer survivors can use spirituality to develop a better outcome and enhance life. A methodology and research design is provided for the further exploration of the population in the field.