3. Quality of Life in Children with Cancer

  1. Shulamith Kreitler3,4,5,
  2. Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush6,7 and
  3. Andrés Martin8,9
  1. Shulamith Kreitler3,4,5 and
  2. Michal M. Kreitler1,2

Published Online: 1 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119941033.ch3

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

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

How to Cite

Kreitler, S. and Kreitler, M. M. (2012) Quality of Life in Children with Cancer, 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.ch3

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

    School of Psychology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

  2. 2

    Psychooncology Research Center, and Pediatric Institute of Hemato-Oncology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel

  3. 3

    School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of 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:

  • assessment;
  • diagnosis;
  • Quality of life;
  • treatment

Summary

The chapter deals with quality of life (QOL) in pediatric patients. It presents a definition of QOL as distinct from related constructs, dwells on the importance of assessing QOL, on getting the report of QOL from the children themselves rather than by proxy, and reviews major characteristics of the tools of assessment, such as the domains of contents they include and their generality or specificity in terms of disease, age of the children or period of assessment. The presentation of major findings concerning QOL focuses primarily on the effects of diagnosis, being on- or off-treatment, the type of treatment, stage of disease, number of symptoms and age of the children. The effect on QOL of non-medical factors, such as demographic variables and coping is emphasized. The conclusions refer to ways of improving the assessment of QOL so that it represents more completely the experience of the children and enables interventions to raise the level of QOL.