Priority from the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What can young people do to help their recovery after chemotherapy or radiotherapy?
Overall ranking This was one of the 20 questions at the workshop that fell outside of the Top 10. These were not ranked in any order of priority
JLA question ID 0060/13
Explanatory note Self-management has become a focus of care for young people who have a long-term condition. This question explores what young people can do to help their recovery, this might include maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and having regular exercise. Such behaviours can help improve a person's sense of well-being as well as lowering the risk of getting other illnesses and cancers. 

1) Cohen JE, Wakefield CE, Cohn RJ. Nutritional interventions for survivors of childhood cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD009678. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009678.pub2. ; 2) Braam KI, van der Torre P, Takken T, Veening MA, van Dulmen-den Broeder E, Kaspers GJL. Physical exercise training interventions for children and young adults during and after treatment for childhood cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD008796. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008796.pub3.

1) The partipants had cancer under 18 years. Conclusion: Due to a paucity of studies, and the heterogeneity of the studies included in this review, we are unable to draw conclusions regarding the effectiveness of nutritional interventions for use with childhood cancer survivors. 2) The participants were under 19 years old, concluded effects of exercise not convincing.

Health Research Classification System category Cancer
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples How can a patient help their recovery after chemo/radiotherapy 
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PSP information
PSP unique ID 0060
PSP name Teenage and Young Adult Cancer
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 185  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 19 January 2018