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Loes van Erp

PhD Student
Loes van Erp
Managing age-specific challenges of young adult childhood cancer survivors (YACCS)

Young adulthood can be a challenging developmental phase, because it centers around the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This developmental phase has many age-specific challenges, such as choosing a career path, becoming financially independent, obtaining mortgage and insurance, establishing romantic relationships and starting a family. These age-specific challenges can be further complicated by one’s history with childhood cancer and/or late-effects of treatment. Previous research has shown that survivors are generally well adapted, but there are specific groups at risk for diminished quality of life. Relatively little is known, however, about age specific challenges young adult childhood cancer survivors (YACCS) face. This project focuses on the psychosocial well-being of YACCS and their need for psychosocial support to tackle age specific challenges that may come with childhood cancer survivorship.

Loes is supervised by Prof. Dr. M.A. Grootenhuis, Prof. Dr. R. Pieters, Dr. H. Maurice-Stam (Máxima and AMC) and Dr. G. Huizinga (UMCG).