Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 119–123 | Cite as

“Coming through the fog, coming over the moors”: The impact on pediatric oncologists of caring for seriously ill children



Background. Pediatric palliative care has made substantial strides in the past decade; less attention has focused on providing emotional support to the pediatric oncologist.Methods. I interviewed a total of 30 pediatric oncologists throughout the United States using a semistructured interview guide; anxiety and depression scales were administered. Major themes were identified.Results. Most (57%) had experienced serious illnesses during their own childhood or adolescence; 77% had experienced significant medical events in their parents or siblings prior to adulthood.Conclusions. Pediatric oncologists need help mastering their own healing so they can be helpful to patients and families.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hood Center for Children & Families Department of Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical SchoolDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterLebanon
  2. 2.Sibling CenterCalifornia Pacific Medical CenterSan Francisco

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