Paediatric cancer: Parents may overestimate symptom severity

Children are the best reporters of their own experiences, US researchers say

Parents and caregivers of children undergoing cancer treatment may overestimate the severity of the child’s symptoms and underestimate how well kids are able to manage despite their diagnosis, a US study suggests.

happy child with hair loss due to cancer therapy

Researchers examined data on symptoms experienced by 482 newly diagnosed childhood cancer patients before treatment initiation and again afterwards, based on responses from children and their adult caregivers on the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement