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The siblings of childhood cancer patients need early support: a follow up study over the first year.

Authors
  • Lähteenmäki, P M
  • Sjöblom, J
  • Korhonen, T
  • Salmi, T T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2004
Volume
89
Issue
11
Pages
1008–1013
Identifiers
PMID: 15499052
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The ratings of the parents were in keeping with the self assessment of the school aged siblings only in a few aspects; the emphasis of findings can be changed when proxies are used. The siblings have symptoms and adverse feelings which probably could be relieved by targeted, early information about the illness, and possibly by group discussions or activities, soon after the cancer diagnosis. In order to obtain necessary support for the siblings with educational problems, school personnel need to be informed about the sibling distress.

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