Psychosocial challenges and health-related quality of life of adolescents and young adults with hematologic malignancies

Olga Husson, Peter C. Huijgens and Winette T.A. van der Graaf


Adolescents and young adults (AYA) occupy a unique place within the hematologic malignancy community due to the challenges they face related to their disease biology, physical, psychosocial and economic circumstances, and issues related to access to care and long-term follow-up. Efforts to define age-specific (supportive) care needs and targets for intervention in these areas are evolving. This review discusses the psychosocial issues AYA with hematologic malignancies are dealing with, how these might affect their health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and the challenges in delivering high quality supportive care to this underserved population.

  • Submitted November 30, 2017.
  • Accepted March 5, 2018.