dr. Nathalie Belpame (PhD)

CRIG member
Nathalie Belpame

AYA-care coordinator, Ghent University Hospital 
Board member Care4AYA vzw
Member ARCH research group, UGent


Research focus

Research concentrating on the perspectives of AYAs (‘Adolescents and Young Adults’-16-35y), who either face a life-threatening or chronic illness (e.g. cancer) or need to deal with the long-term consequences of a childhood illness experience.  Other research aim to provide insight in the experiences and needs of the network of the AYA, such as their parents, partner, siblings etc. Based on these insights, age-appropriate care interventions and experience-oriented tools are developed and implemented in clinical care, societal awareness is strengthened in focusing on education and policy making. 

Key publications

  • “The AYA Director”: a synthesizing concept to understand psychosocial experiences of adolescents and young adults with cancer. Cancer nursing, 2016 (PMID: 26496517)
  • The 3-phase process in the cancer experience of adolescents and young adults. Cancer Nursing, 2018 (PMID: 28481777)
  • Living as a cancer survivor: a qualitative study on the experiences of Belgian adolescents and young adults (AYAs) after childhood cancer. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 2019 (PMID: 31401013)
  • Coping strategies of adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer: a qualitative study. Cancer Nursing, 2021 (PMID: 32740325)

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