Coping with Waiting: Psychiatric Intervention and Study in the Waiting Room of a Pediatric Oncology Clinic

  • Irwin Hoffman
  • Edward H. Futterman
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


Medical advances have prolonged the lives and decreased the morbidity of children with fatal malignancies and have made it possible to treat these illnesses primarily on an outpatient basis. For example, children with acute leukemia, who commonly survive 2 or more years from the time of diagnosis under current medical regimens, are likely to visit the outpatient clinic about once a month during remissions and once a week when in relapse or when suffering other complications. Periods of hospitalization lasting from a few days to a few weeks are usually only necessary at the time of diagnosis, in the terminal phase, and a few additional times during the course of the illness. When in remission, a child is often symptom-free and able to carry on normal activities.


Sick Child Leukemic Child Waiting Room Fatal Illness Adaptational Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irwin Hoffman
    • 1
  • Edward H. Futterman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Abraham Lincoln School of MedicineUniversity of IllinoisIllinoisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illnois College of MedicineIllinoisUSA

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