Psychological Intervention for Pain in Pediatric Cancer Patients

  • Susan M. Jay
  • Charles H. Elliott
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 17)

Abstract

Pain is a frequently encountered experience for the child with cancer. The diagnosis of malignancy is accompanied by a panoply of bloodtests, injections, vena punctures, and periodic bone marrow aspirations and lumbar punctures (spinal taps) which are administered at frequent intervals over a period of years. In addition, the disease process, particularly in the final stages, can cause severe pain for the pediatric cancer patient. The coping capacities of pediatric cancer patients are challenged and sometimes overtaxed by this arduous series of aversive events which must be mastered during the adjustment process if the child is to emerge from this life-threatening situation with emotional and physical well-being. Psychology, as a discipline, has much to offer pediatric oncology in the area of assessment and management of pain.

Keywords

Fatigue Depression Leukemia Influenza Aspirin 

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  • Susan M. Jay
  • Charles H. Elliott

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