Carma Bylund and Carla Fisher Record Podcast on Blood Cancer Communication to Young Adults
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications scholars Carma Bylund and Carla Fisher recorded “Communicating with the Young Adult with Blood Cancer” for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Treating Blood Cancer Podcast Series for Professionals. It was posted on Aug. 13.
Bylund is Public Relations Professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Professor in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the UF College of Medicine. Fisher is an Advertising Associate Professor, faculty affiliate in the UF Center for Arts in Medicine and a member of the UF Health Center’s Cancer Population Sciences research program.
In the podcast, Bylund and Fisher discuss how best to communicate with young adults who are grappling with unique issues when faced with a cancer diagnosis. They talk about how young adults are navigating physical, cognitive, and psychological changes, and transitioning into a more independent time of their life including social life and making more decisions on their own. They describe techniques and tips for caregivers and health care professionals when discussing topics such as fertility, intimacy, sexuality, LGBTQ specific needs, and how to encourage them to be involved in the decision-making process for their care.