Psychosocial Aspects of Pediatric Oncology / Edition 1

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This book is a comprehensive text on the all-important psychosocial aspects of cancer in children. Edited by an experienced psycho-oncologist and an equally experienced pediatric oncologist, the book brings together an international group of contributors composed of pediatric oncologists and psychologists/psycho-oncologists. This unique balance of contributors gives the book a focus on the real-life practical aspects of children undergoing treatment for cancer. The book helps health care professionals, who look after children and adolescents with cancer, in dealing with the difficult and complex problems that face the child, his siblings and his parents. It deals with critical issues such as the neuropsychological impact of treatment, (including bone marrow transplantation), pain, quality of life in survivors, palliative care, talking to children and their families about death, and providing support to the dying.

An important part of the book provides tools for evaluation and methods of psychological intervention. It is thus a very practical work for psycho-oncologists, pediatric oncologists, pediatricians, psychologists, nurses, social workers and art therapists dealing with the problems that children with cancer have to confront.

  • A comprehensive book on the clinical approach to psychosocial problems of children with cancer
  • Includes evaluation tools and psychological intervention techniques
  • Contributions from both pediatric oncologists and psycho-oncologists highlight the team approach to the treatment of childhood cancers
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Recommended for specialists…as well as pediatric oncology units, medical libraries and academic libraries…" (E-STREAMS, December 2004)

"…a welcome addition to the field…I highly recommend it to all health care professionals involved in the treatment of childhood cancer patients." (Journal of the American Medical Association, November 17, 2004)

“…a very comprehensive book…every department treating paediatric oncology patients should have it on the shelf...” (International Journal of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol.16, No.3 2004)

“…contains many outstanding discussions that are all valuable to all who care for children with cancer...” (The New England Journal of Medicine, 11th November 2004)

"…a welcome addition to the field…an instructional review for a variety of health care professionals…" (JAMA – The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol.292, No.19, 17th November 2004)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Patricia D. Shearer, MD, MS (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This comprehensive book, edited by a pediatric oncologist and a psycho-oncologist, addresses psychosocial issues in children with cancer. The international authors have grasped many situations that impact on pediatric cancer patients, including diagnosis, educational strategies, quality of life, palliative care, and survivorship.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a cohesive review of psychosocial aspects of childhood malignancy. Its importance lies in the fact that these areas are always observed, but infrequently documented. The book is scholarly, academic, yet readable with appeal to providers, patients, and parents.
Audience: The book is appropriate reading for all members of the pediatric oncology multidisciplinary team. It is particularly interesting for oncologists, nurses, pediatric oncology fellows, parents, behavioral medicine specialists, and pastoral care representatives.
Features: The three sections of the book deal with medical aspects, psychosocial aspects, and psychosocial interventions. Detailed descriptions are offered on topics within these groups on such areas as neuropsychological aspects of medical treatment, the child's subjective experience with cancer, and complementary and alternative medicine.
Assessment: I know of no other book on the subject of psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer. This one is recommended because of its depth and evidence-based approach to a topic that benefits from an objective perspective.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471499398
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/14/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Foreword  (Jimmie Holland, MD, Head of Psychiatric Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering NY, USA).


1.Cancer in Children - An Introduction  (Shai Izraeli and Gideon Rechavi).

2. Neuropsychological Aspects of Medical Treatments in Children with Cancer (Raymond Mulhern, et al.). 

3. Palliative Care for Children with Advanced Cancer  (Joanne Wolfe, et al.).

4. Pain in Children with Cancer  (Richard D. W. Hain).

5. Care of a Child Dying of Cancer  (Sergey Postovsky and Myriam Weyl Ben Arush).


6. The Child’s Subjective Experience of Cancer and the Relationship with Parents and Caregivers (Daniel Oppenheim).

7. Quality of Life in Children with Cancer: Definition, Assessment and Results (Shulamith Kreitler and M ichal M. Kreitler).

8. Psychiatric Impact of Childhood Cancer  (Margaret L. Stuber and Debra Seacord).

9. The Family of the Child with Cancer  (Dafna Meitar).

10. Psychosocial Effects of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Children (Ronit Elhasid, et al.). 

11. The Survivors of Childhood Cancer (Amita Mahajan and Meriel E. M. Jenney).


12. Speaking to Children about Serious Matters  (Jane E. Skeen and M. Louise Webster).

13. Psychosocial Interventions: the Cognitive-Behavioral Approach  (Bob F. Last and Martha A. Grootenhuis).

14. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Children with Cancer (Cynthia D. Myers, et al.).

15. Fantasy, Art Therapies, Humor and Pets as Psychosocial Means of Intervention (Shulamith Kreitler, et al.).

16. Psychological Intervention with the Dying Child  (Shulamith Kreitler & Elena Krivoi).

17. Education of the Sick Child: Learning and Reintegration into the School (Ciporah S. Tadmor and Myriam Weyl Ben Arush).


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