Young Men With Cancer

A Literature Review

Heather J. Campbell-Enns, MSc; Roberta L. Woodgate, PhD, RN


Cancer Nurs. 2013;36(1):E36-47. 

In This Article


Literature was reviewed that presented research focusing on young men with cancer. The research was examined for major themes, and methodological and conceptual considerations were noted. It is of particular concern that young men with cancer are underrepresented in current literature when this age group may experience cancer differently than their older cohort. Furthermore, the complex needs of this group may be influential in the way that these men approach their illnesses and recovery. Future research using a conceptual framework influenced by a person-centered approach as well as a lifecourse perspective will encourage the development of supportive care interventions aimed at the unique needs of young men with cancer.