Teens and Young Adults

Young people never imagine that they can become critically ill, as they commonly feel they are invincible. Even for those who have a regular source of medical care, sometimes their diagnosis with cancer can be delayed because they and others (including health care providers) may not take complaints of aches and pains seriously at first. The whole BMT experience adds another layer of complications as the young people become again very physically and emotionally dependent on the parent(s), yet they also need to be able to actively participate in their own care, including being involved in making decisions.