Support for Young Adult Cancer Patients: Perspectives of Patients and their Mothers

  • Nathanael B. Stanley
  • Gwendolyn Quinn
  • Damon Reed
  • Andrew Galligan
  • Maija ReblinEmail author


The shift from adolescence to adulthood is marked by increased independence from parents. The purpose of this research is to describe types of beneficial support and concordance between young adult cancer patients/survivors and their parents. One-on-one phone interviews were conducted. Data were analyzed with constant comparison and linguistic methods. Fifteen patients and eight mothers participated. Support types most cited included informational, tangible, and emotional. The greatest difference between patients and mothers was in mention of emotional or tangible support. Continued attention to the role of parental support for young adult cancer patients is important for care.


Adulthood AYA Support Psychosocial 



Moffitt Cancer Center Department of Health Outcomes & Behavior Innovation Funding (PI Reblin); American Cancer Society MRSG 13–234-01-PCSM (PI Reblin).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Statement of Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health Outcomes and BehaviorMoffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA
  2. 2.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Moffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA

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