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Books, Journals, New Media
November 17, 2004

Pediatric Oncology

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(19):2403-2408. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2403

There can be few more daunting challenges facing a family than a diagnosis of cancer in a child. The child is abruptly removed from familiar surroundings and thrust into a terrifying hospital environment filled with painful procedures, strangers, disfiguring surgery, and chemotherapy. Parents, suddenly confronted by a potentially fatal illness, are overwhelmed with uncertainty, fear, guilt, anger, confusion, and loss of control. Siblings may feel alienation, jealousy, anger, guilt, or indifference. The family routine is replaced with new priorities—hospitalizations, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and medical bills.

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