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Article: The impact of cancer on the physical, psychological and social well-being of childhood cancer survivors

TitleThe impact of cancer on the physical, psychological and social well-being of childhood cancer survivors
Authors
KeywordsCancer
Chinese children
Physical
Psychological
Social
Survivors
Issue Date2013
PublisherChurchill Livingstone. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ejon
Citation
European Journal Of Oncology Nursing, 2013, v. 17 n. 2, p. 214-219 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose: Notwithstanding the advances in medical treatment, childhood cancer survivors are at risk of adverse physical, psychological and social effects of the cancer treatment. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of cancer and its treatments on the physical, psychological and social well-being of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. Method: A total of 137 childhood cancer survivors (aged 9-16 years), who had their medical follow-up in an oncology out-patient clinic were invited to participate in the study. Participants were asked to respond to the standardized measures of depressive symptoms and self-esteem. Additionally, 15 participants from the group were selected for a semi-structured interview. Results: The results revealed that more than half of the participants presented depressive symptoms. Results also found that the mean depressive symptom scores for childhood cancer survivors were statistically significant higher than those of school children without cancer (p = 0.01), while the mean self-esteem scores for the survivors were statistically significant lower (p < 0.01). Additionally, qualitative interviews indicated that cancer and its treatments have great impact on the daily life of childhood cancer survivors. Conclusion: The study reveals that cancer and its treatments have a great impact on the physical, psychological and social well-being of survivors. It is essential for healthcare professionals to develop appropriate interventions with the aim of promoting physical, psychological and social well-being for these children. Most importantly, it is crucial to help them develop a positive view of the impact that the cancer experience has upon their lives. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/165476
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.618
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.890
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dc.contributor.authorLi, HCWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLopez, Ven_HK
dc.contributor.authorJoyce Chung, OKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, KYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChiu, SYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-20T08:18:55Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-20T08:18:55Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal Of Oncology Nursing, 2013, v. 17 n. 2, p. 214-219en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1462-3889en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/165476-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Notwithstanding the advances in medical treatment, childhood cancer survivors are at risk of adverse physical, psychological and social effects of the cancer treatment. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of cancer and its treatments on the physical, psychological and social well-being of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. Method: A total of 137 childhood cancer survivors (aged 9-16 years), who had their medical follow-up in an oncology out-patient clinic were invited to participate in the study. Participants were asked to respond to the standardized measures of depressive symptoms and self-esteem. Additionally, 15 participants from the group were selected for a semi-structured interview. Results: The results revealed that more than half of the participants presented depressive symptoms. Results also found that the mean depressive symptom scores for childhood cancer survivors were statistically significant higher than those of school children without cancer (p = 0.01), while the mean self-esteem scores for the survivors were statistically significant lower (p < 0.01). Additionally, qualitative interviews indicated that cancer and its treatments have great impact on the daily life of childhood cancer survivors. Conclusion: The study reveals that cancer and its treatments have a great impact on the physical, psychological and social well-being of survivors. It is essential for healthcare professionals to develop appropriate interventions with the aim of promoting physical, psychological and social well-being for these children. Most importantly, it is crucial to help them develop a positive view of the impact that the cancer experience has upon their lives. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherChurchill Livingstone. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ejonen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursingen_HK
dc.subjectCanceren_HK
dc.subjectChinese childrenen_HK
dc.subjectPhysicalen_HK
dc.subjectPsychologicalen_HK
dc.subjectSocialen_HK
dc.subjectSurvivorsen_HK
dc.titleThe impact of cancer on the physical, psychological and social well-being of childhood cancer survivorsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLi, HCW: william3@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailJoyce Chung, OK: joychung@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ejon.2012.07.010en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid22898653-
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dc.identifier.hkuros206867en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000316509600013-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridLopez, V=7103022537en_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridJoyce Chung, OK=26321415000en_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridHo, KY=36174800600en_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridChiu, SY=37012041700en_HK

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