Stress, Cancer, Death—A Pediatric Perspective
The anticipated loss of a child through a potentially fatal, catastrophic illness such as cancer is one of the greatest crises a family can experience. Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death, after accidents, in children 1 to 15 years of age; however, the prognosis for most pediatric cancer patients has improved remarkably over the last 20 years. At least 50% of the 6000 children expected to develop cancer in the United States next year will become longterm survivors. This success is at least partly the result of the centralized care made available to children at large regional cancer treatment centers and cooperative research groups, such as the Pediatric Oncology Group and Children’s Cancer Study Group. Early detection of the tumor by the family physician or pediatrician and the subsequent coordinated efforts of the surgeon, pathologist, radiotherapist, and chemotherapist, all working in the same medical complex, have made cure an attainable goal in all but the most resistant childhood cancers.
KeywordsCystic Fibrosis Childhood Cancer Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Pediatric Cancer Patient Pediatric Oncology Group
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