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Teens with cancer present unique psychological issues
Date:2/13/2009

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"We saw that those teens with cancer who reported more positive dating relationships were in a better place overall than those teens who did not have such positive relationships," Dr. Carpentier said.

Dr. Carpentier and Larry Mullins, Ph.D., of Oklahoma State University, are the authors of Adolescents With Cancer: The Influence of Close Relationships on Quality of Life, Distress, and Health Behaviors, a new book targeted to physicians, psychologists, social workers and others who treat teens with cancer.

"I study teens and their relationships with peers and romantic partners because understanding these relationships may provide us with critical information on how best to help teens deal with their cancer and its impact on their lives and the lives of those who surround them. Little work has been done in this area, despite the fact that the teen years represent one of the most challenging developmental periods and such challenges are likely to be magnified tremendously when you add in a diagnosis of cancer," she said.

In her next study, Dr. Carpentier plans to focus specifically on teen and young adult testicular cancer patients and their romantic partners to learn how testicular cancer impacts relationships, sexuality and fertility in the years following diagnosis and treatment.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
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