Effects of Childhood Cancer on Family Life and Child with Cancer

Author(s):

Ufuk Açıkbaş, Meryem özlem Kutuk, Ali Evren TUFAN, Ozgur Kutuk, Seyed Hamzeh Seddigh, Hamidreza Mahboobi

Abstract

Childhood cancer is the second cause of death among children all over the world. Although there have been positive advances in prognosis and treatment of childhood cancer, still all family members are negatively affected by it. The quality of life is decreased because of stress and anxiety. These complications affect three groups of a family member. The first group are the parents of the child who are affected by their child's cancer. The second group are the child's siblings whose lives are dramatically changed due to their brother/sister's disease. And the last group are the sick children themselves who are not only physiologically affected by cancer but also psychologically. Therefore, the aim of this article is to review the effects of childhood cancer on the lives of these three groups.

Keywords

Childhood cancer, family challenges, distress

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