AYA-UNITE: Lessons Learned on Intervention Development Promoting Social and Physical Health of Adolescent/Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Pooja Rao, Anne E. Kazak, Shawna E. Doerksen, Laura M. Koehly, Ashton M. Verdery, Jared Heitzenrater, Brennen A. Harding, Courtney L. Byrnes, Heather J. Costigan, Liza S. Rovniak, Christopher N. Sciamanna, Lauren J. Van Scoy, Kathryn H. Schmitz

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Adolescent/young adult cancer survivors (AYACS) struggle with poor psychosocial health related to social disruptions due to cancer diagnosis, impacting long-term goal achievement and overall health. In particular, social health promotion is overlooked in AYACS’ care. AYA-UNITE, a sociobehavioral exercise intervention pilot for AYACS 15–21 years of age at cancer diagnosis, was designed to foster AYACS’ social and physical health. AYA-UNITE was a 12-week group-based virtual exercise program incorporating strength training and aerobic activity. In this brief report, we account AYA-UNITE’s conceptual design, lessons learned through AYA-UNITE intervention development, and opportunities for improvement in implementing effective AYACS psychosocial interventions (NCT03778658).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-934
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology

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