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Session #5 – Substance Use and Abuse in AYA Oncology Patients

Presented by Karen Effinger, MD

Adolescence and young adulthood is a developmental period marked by experimentation and development of habits that can impact long-term health. Substance use and abuse in this age is a well-known problem in the general population; however, it is an area that is often not discussed in AYA oncology. Most oncology providers do not receive training on how to address substance use and abuse in their patients. This session will focus on data regarding substance use and abuse in oncology patients and survivors, the importance of addressing substance use in oncology, and how to address these topics with patients.

**Don’t have time to watch the full recording? Check out this 7-minute Lightning Lesson for a condensed version focusing on the major highlights and takeaways.

Landmark Articles

Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

Substance Use, Substance Use Disorders, and Treatment in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors – Results from a National Survey

Early Posttherapy Opioid Prescription, Potential Misuse, and Substance Use Disorder Among Pediatric Cancer Survivors

Sexual Activity and Substance Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults Receiving Cancer Treatment: A Report from the PRISM Randomized Controlled Trial