10. Education in Pediatric Oncology: Learning and Reintegration into School

  1. Shulamith Kreitler3,4,5,
  2. Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush6,7 and
  3. Andrés Martin8,9
  1. Ciporah S. Tadmor1,
  2. Rivka Rosenkranz2 and
  3. Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush6,7

Published Online: 1 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119941033.ch10

Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, Second Edition

Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, Second Edition

How to Cite

Tadmor, C. S., Rosenkranz, R. and Ben-Arush, M. W. (2012) Education in Pediatric Oncology: Learning and Reintegration into School, in Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, Second Edition (eds S. Kreitler, M. W. Ben-Arush and A. Martin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119941033.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

  2. 4

    Psychooncology Research Center, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

  3. 5

    Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel

  4. 6

    Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Meyer Children's Hospital, Israel

  5. 7

    Meyer Children's Hospital, Rambam Health Care Campus, Technion Israel-Institute of Technology, the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel

  6. 8

    Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

  7. 9

    Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Meyer Children's Hospital, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel

  2. 2

    Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Meyer Children's Hospital, Rambam Health Care, Campus, Haifa, Israel

  3. 6

    Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Meyer Children's Hospital, Israel

  4. 7

    Meyer Children's Hospital, Rambam Health Care Campus, Technion Israel-Institute of Technology, the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119998839

Online ISBN: 9781119941033

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Keywords:

  • cancer;
  • children;
  • crisis;
  • perceived personal control;
  • primary prevention;
  • school reintegration

Summary

Recent advances in the treatment of childhood cancer have dramatically improved the prognosis of children diagnosed with cancer. Childhood cancer has gradually evolved from a rapidly progressing fatal disease to a life-threatening chronic illness. Today, most children survive for five years or longer and achieve long-term disease-free survival. With the increase in long-term survival of pediatric cancer patients, quality of life issues have come to assume a more prominent role in their comprehensive treatment. This trend has led to a shift from psychological emphasis on crisis intervention confronting imminent death to facilitating coping with a serious life-threatening disease to primary prevention of emotional dysfunction. In this chapter, protective factors with respect to the mental health of children with cancer are discussed, and a survey of a representative sample of school intervention programs is presented. The preventive intervention program implemented in the school at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, is discussed and evaluated, and an illustrative case study is presented.