Kids with cancer
Children being treated for cancer are likely to develop psychosocial problems during the initial intensive treatment period, according to a Greek study that compared 132 children with cancer to a control group of 100 children without it.
Data collected from parents and teachers at one, three and six months after diagnosis showed that children with cancer were most likely to experience neurosis and hyperactivity, and that the problems often persist through the entire intensive six-month treatment period. Behavioural difficulties did not seem to be an issue.
Younger children with cancer had higher scores in the end of the first month of treatment but showed the biggest improvement in the course of therapy.
Cancer Nurs 2011; 34(4):269-76