Advances in Pediatric and Adolescent Psycho-Oncology

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694). This special issue belongs to the section "Pediatric Oncology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2025 | Viewed by 639

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Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
Interests: pediatric psycho-oncology; adolescent and young adult psycho-oncology; palliative and end-of-life care; psychosocial tool development; quality of life research
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Life with Cancer, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Interests: pediatric psycho-oncology; children and families impacted by cancer; the quality of psychosocial care; bereavement

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Psychosocial care is critical to supporting the adjustment, coping, and quality of life of children and families from the time of diagnosis, throughout treatment, and into survivorship or through end-of-life and bereavement. Now a standard of care in pediatric oncology, psychosocial support is considered essential for all children and families. Interprofessional team members collaborate on assessment, intervention, education, and research to advance the science and practice of pediatric psycho-oncology.

This Special Issue in Cancers will highlight “Advances in Pediatric and Adolescent Psycho-Oncology,” including but not limited to studies focusing on social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of childhood cancer; quality of life during active treatment, transition off treatment, or during survivorship; palliative care, end of life, and bereavement; and psychosocial interventions for patients and families (e.g., caregivers, siblings).  We welcome quantitative and qualitative methods, and systematic or scoping reviews. Manuscripts that elevate the patient and family voice are strongly encouraged, as is interprofessional authorship.

Dr. Lori Wiener
Dr. Amanda L. Thompson
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  • childhood cancer
  • adolescents
  • young adult
  • psychosocial care
  • emotional outcomes
  • survivorship
  • palliative care
  • bereavement

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Therapeutic Parent–Child Communication and Health Outcomes in the Childhood Cancer Context: A Scoping Review
by Heeyeon Son and Nani Kim
Cancers 2024, 16(11), 2152; - 6 Jun 2024
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Family communication has been thought to be an important area to support children’s adjustment to a cancer diagnosis. However, the characteristics of therapeutic parent–child communication that contribute to better patient outcomes and the specific patient health outcomes have been less explored. This current [...] Read more.
Family communication has been thought to be an important area to support children’s adjustment to a cancer diagnosis. However, the characteristics of therapeutic parent–child communication that contribute to better patient outcomes and the specific patient health outcomes have been less explored. This current review explored the characteristics of therapeutic parent–child communication and its physical and psychological health outcomes. A total of 5034 articles were initially identified, and only 10 articles remained for inclusion in this review after application of the exclusion criteria. Most studies used a cross-sectional design and measured verbal communication characteristics and its psychological outcomes, but no physical outcomes. The characteristics of therapeutic verbal communication (openness, maternal validation, quality of information shared, etc.) and nonverbal communication (eye contact, close physical distance, and acknowledging behaviors) were identified. The psychological health outcomes included less distress, a lower level of PTSS, less internalizing and externalizing of symptoms, increased levels of social emotional competencies, better peer relationships, and more cooperation during the procedure at the individual level. Increased family cohesion and family adaptation were family-level outcomes. Longitudinal studies are needed to identify what qualities of communication predict better psychological outcomes so that interventions can be developed and tested. In addition, physical outcomes should be evaluated. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Problem-Solving Skills Training for Parents of Children Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Feasibility Study
Author: Bemis
Highlights: • This randomized pilot study assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a problem-solving skills intervention (Bright IDEAS) for caregivers of children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). • Feasibility was supported with acceptable enrollment (56.9%) and intervention completion (73.7%), and qualitative interviews reflected acceptability with caregivers. • Preliminary outcomes suggest a larger intervention trial in the pediatric HSCT setting is warranted.

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