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