Seattle Children's Researcher Receives Funding to Study Resilience in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients
Funded by CureSearch for Children's Cancer, research could lead to more comprehensive treatment for this age group

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2013
Shelby Gosnell

Bethesda, MD - Abby Rosenberg, MD, MS, of Seattle Children's Research Institute has received a $100,000 grant to continue her research into the psychological and social development issues that affect adolescent and young adult cancer patients during and after treatment. The grant, awarded by CureSearch for Children's Cancer is part of the Young Investigator's Program funding researchers focused on the highest risk and poorest outcome cancers.

Evidence suggests that people who undergo cancer treatment as teenagers and young adults have more difficulties adjusting than their younger and older counterparts. These adolescents are less likely to attend college or be employed, and often experience challenges with relationships and mental health. Dr. Rosenberg hopes her research will enable these patients to become the adults they would have been, had they not experienced cancer. Ultimately, this research may translate to better quality of life in the years that follow treatment.

To conduct her research, Dr. Rosenberg will conduct both in-depth interviews and quantitative surveys of patients and parents at the time of diagnosis, three months into treatment, and at the end of therapy. She suspects that interventions and the “teaching of resilience” are most needed at these times of great transition.

Dr. Rosenberg hopes her work will lead to the creation of interventions to help identify and treat those patients at the highest risk for poor psycho-social outcomes, thus enabling better patient and family resilience after treatment ends.

CureSearch is currently funding 12 Young Investigators focused on cancers with the highest risk and poorest outcomes, who are also individuals with the potential to make noteworthy advancements in children's cancer research. Young Investigators, like Dr. Rosenberg, are in the early stages of their scientific careers and are located at universities, research institutions, and hospitals throughout the United States.

To learn more about Dr. Rosenberg and the Young Investigator program, visit


CureSearch for Children's Cancer is a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support targeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurable results, and is the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children's cancer. CureSearch raises funds for promising research conducted at more than hospitals in the United States and through the CureSearch Investigational Research Initiative, funds basic, translational and clinical research that offers the greatest potential to design treatments and improve outcomes for children with difficult-to-treat cancers.

Christine Bork
Email Christine
(800) 458-6223

Childhood Cancer

Medical Information


Coping with Cancer

Get Involved

About Us