Teenagers with cancer: A challenge to the system


For teenagers, to be diagnosed with cancer comes as a real blow. In this article, we describe the most prevalent cancers in this age group, the elements of cancer control, the effects on the adolescent patient and the challenges faced by the health system to provide comprehensive care. Certain organisations exist, which play a fundamental role in helping adolescents with cancer not to give up, and to keep up a fighting spirit.


adolescence; cancer; heath-care challenges


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