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Conference Paper: The impact of cancer and its treatment on Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors’ psychosocial well-being and quality of life

TitleThe impact of cancer and its treatment on Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors’ psychosocial well-being and quality of life
Authors
KeywordsPediatrics
Issue Date2011
PublisherMedcom Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkjpaed.org/index.asp
Citation
Joint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011. The Hong Kong Paediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with Hong Kong Paediatric Nurses Association, Hong Kong, 4-5 June 2011. In Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics, 2011, v. 16 n. 3, p. 223 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: Notwithstanding cancer survival rates are higher than before as a result of advances in cancer screening and breakthroughs in cancer treatment, childhood cancer survivors are at risk of adverse physical and psychosocial effects of the cancer treatment, severely affecting their quality of life. Whilst much of the attention has focused on the physiological care of childhood cancer survivors, the consequences of cancer and its treatments on psychosocial well-being remain relatively underexplored. AIMS: The aim of the study was to shed light on the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being and quality of life of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was employed. A total of 137 childhood cancer survivors (9-16-year olds) who had their medical follow-up at the out-patient clinic were invited to participate in the study. Participants were asked to respond to the Chinese version of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children, short form of the State Anxiety Scale for Children, Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale, Coping Behaviour Checklist for Chinese Children and Paediatric Quality of Life Inventory. RESULTS: This study showed that a significant number of childhood cancer survivors in Hong Kong were potentially at risk of depression, or at least presented some depressive symptoms. The study also indicated that greater symptomatology of depression in childhood cancer survivors was associated with higher state anxiety, lower self-esteem, and poor quality of life. CONCLUSION: This study has addressed a gap in the literature by examining the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. The study reveals that cancer and its treatments have tremendous impact on the psychosocial well-being, in particular the quality of life of childhood cancer survivors. It is essential for health care professionals to develop and evaluate appropriate interventions with the aims at promoting psychosocial wellbeing and quality of life for childhood cancer.
DescriptionThis journal issue contain Proceedings of the Joint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011
Open Access Journal
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/141286
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.194
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.123

 

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dc.contributor.authorLi, WHCen_US
dc.contributor.authorChui, SY-
dc.contributor.authorHo, KY-
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-23T06:30:01Z-
dc.date.available2011-09-23T06:30:01Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationJoint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011. The Hong Kong Paediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with Hong Kong Paediatric Nurses Association, Hong Kong, 4-5 June 2011. In Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics, 2011, v. 16 n. 3, p. 223en_US
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/141286-
dc.descriptionThis journal issue contain Proceedings of the Joint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011-
dc.descriptionOpen Access Journal-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Notwithstanding cancer survival rates are higher than before as a result of advances in cancer screening and breakthroughs in cancer treatment, childhood cancer survivors are at risk of adverse physical and psychosocial effects of the cancer treatment, severely affecting their quality of life. Whilst much of the attention has focused on the physiological care of childhood cancer survivors, the consequences of cancer and its treatments on psychosocial well-being remain relatively underexplored. AIMS: The aim of the study was to shed light on the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being and quality of life of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was employed. A total of 137 childhood cancer survivors (9-16-year olds) who had their medical follow-up at the out-patient clinic were invited to participate in the study. Participants were asked to respond to the Chinese version of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children, short form of the State Anxiety Scale for Children, Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale, Coping Behaviour Checklist for Chinese Children and Paediatric Quality of Life Inventory. RESULTS: This study showed that a significant number of childhood cancer survivors in Hong Kong were potentially at risk of depression, or at least presented some depressive symptoms. The study also indicated that greater symptomatology of depression in childhood cancer survivors was associated with higher state anxiety, lower self-esteem, and poor quality of life. CONCLUSION: This study has addressed a gap in the literature by examining the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. The study reveals that cancer and its treatments have tremendous impact on the psychosocial well-being, in particular the quality of life of childhood cancer survivors. It is essential for health care professionals to develop and evaluate appropriate interventions with the aims at promoting psychosocial wellbeing and quality of life for childhood cancer.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherMedcom Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkjpaed.org/index.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Journal of Paediatrics (New series)en_US
dc.subjectPediatrics-
dc.titleThe impact of cancer and its treatment on Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors’ psychosocial well-being and quality of lifeen_US
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dc.identifier.emailLi, WHC: william3@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailHo, KY: devilbb2@hku.hk-
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