The Long-Term Stress of Chronic Illness: An Illustration from Pediatric Oncology

  • Gregory K. Fritz
  • Judith R. Williams


Major advances in treatment over the past decade have dramatically improved the outlook for children with cancer. Malignancy in childhood now implies an arduous course of therapy and the very real possibility of a cure. Increasing numbers of children are successfully completing treatment and entering the period of off-treatment follow-up. Although termination of treatment brings release from years of pain and anxiety for the child and family, our experience suggests that the time after termination is a vulnerable period.


Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Survive Childhood Cancer Extend Family Member Central Nervous System Prophylaxis Pediatric Cancer Survivor 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory K. Fritz
    • 1
  • Judith R. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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