-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents of children
with advanced cancer have high to severe levels of psychological
distress, a new study finds.
The study included 81 parents of children treated for advanced
cancer at Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia and Seattle Children's Hospital between December 2004
and June 2009.
Assessments revealed that more than half of the parents had high
levels of psychological distress and 16 percent had severe
Parents' levels of psychological distress were associated with
their child's symptoms and suffering, financial problems, goals of
cancer care and understanding of their child's prognosis.
Psychological distress was much lower among parents whose
understanding of their child's prognosis matched the specific goals
of cancer care, according to the study, which was published online
April 1 in the journal
Efforts to make this match and to ease child suffering and
financial problems could help reduce parents' psychological
distress, concluded Dr. Abby Rosenberg, of Seattle Children's
Hospital, and colleagues in a journal news release.
The American Cancer Society offers advice for dealing with
cancer in children.
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