22. Collaborations in Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology: The Middle East as a Case Example

  1. Shulamith Kreitler5,6,7,
  2. Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush8,9 and
  3. Andrés Martin10,11
  1. Aziza T. Shad1,
  2. Maria E. McGee2,
  3. Matthew G. Biel3 and
  4. Michael Silbermann4

Published Online: 1 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119941033.ch22

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

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

How to Cite

Shad, A. T., McGee, M. E., Biel, M. G. and Silbermann, M. (2012) Collaborations in Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology: The Middle East as a Case Example, 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.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 5

    School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

  2. 6

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

  3. 7

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

  4. 8

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

  5. 9

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

  6. 10

    Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

  7. 11

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Blood, and Marrow Transplantation, Amey Distinguished Professor of Neuro-Oncology and Childhood Cancer, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 2

    Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA

  3. 3

    Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA

  4. 4

    Middle East Cancer Consortium, Halifa, 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:

  • collaboration;
  • developed countries;
  • developing countries;
  • integrative pediatric oncology;
  • MECC;
  • the Middle East

Summary

The primary objective of pediatric psycho-oncology and pediatric oncology in both developed and developing countries is to care for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a collaborative manner, with appropriate attention paid to both their physical and psychosocial needs. This involves the use of an integrative approach. Modern therapeutic strategies, adapted to the developing world's reality, are a primary necessity and can be effectively implemented through international collaborative efforts, including in countries with limited resources or in the throes of political strife. This chapter discusses the problems faced by patients in developing countries where basic problems of survival due to poverty can obscure the problem of cancer. The Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) is presented as a case study of how best practice can work to achieve collaboration internationally.