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The Influence of Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis and Illness Complication Factors on Parental Distress
Astrid Lindgren Childrens Hospital.
Astrid Lindgren Childrens Hospital.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics in Linköping.
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2008 (English)In: Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology (Print), ISSN 1077-4114, E-ISSN 1536-3678, Vol. 30, no 11, 807-814 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: We investigated how primary diagnosis and risk for diagnosis-related complication factors influence parental distress after a childs cancer diagnosis

Methods: We used a model in which "complicated childhood cancers" were grouped into 1 category after identifying a set of potentially influential illness complication variables. This category included central nervous system tumors, acute myeloid leukemia, and bone tumors. Parental distress in that category (n = 144) was compared with distress after acute lymphoblastic leukemia (n = 177) in the child. In addition, comparisons were made between parents of the specific diagnosis groups. A multidimensional questionnaire assessing symptoms of distress was used.

Results: Parents in the complicated cancer category showed significantly heightened disease-related fear, anxiety, depression, loss of control, late effects-related uncertainty, and poorer self-esteem compared with parents of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Significantly heightened parental distress was associated with the child having been treated with cranial irradiation.

Conclusions: Relatively heightened distress in parents of children with complicated cancer is influenced by diagnosis-related factors like an intricate prediagnostic phase, and uncertainty about late effects. Heightened vulnerability to distress signals exceptional needs for support and information among parents of children treated for central nervous system or bone tumors.

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2008. Vol. 30, no 11, 807-814 p.
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parental distress, CNS tumors, bone tumors, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, complicated childhood cancer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16189DOI: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e31818a9553OAI: diva2:133400
Available from: 2009-01-09 Created: 2009-01-09 Last updated: 2014-08-08

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