Evaluating Supportive Care for Children With Cancer: A Multi-Institutional Survey Study of Pediatric Oncology Patients and Parents
- Palliative care, also known as comfort care, is intended to keep a patient comfortable by focusing on pain and symptom management to improve quality of life. Although palliative care has been demonstrated to be beneficial, it is underutilized in children who have been diagnosed with cancer, because current trends favor palliative care primarily at the end of life and in only a small number of patients. Children with cancer likely would benefit from the incorporation of palliative care from the time of diagnosis, but both doctors and families are often reluctant to include it for a variety of reasons. Researchers are interested in understanding these reasons to determine better ways to include palliative care as part of cancer treatment methods in children with cancer.
- To collect information on pediatric oncology patients and their parents attitudes towards palliative care, along with cancer treatment, from the time of diagnosis.
- Children and adolescents between 10 and 17 years of age who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past year.
- Parents of eligible children.
- Participants will complete a 30-minute survey about experiences with pain, symptom management, and focus on quality of life in the first month following cancer diagnosis. Child participants will be asked about their views on the importance of quality of life in the beginning of their illness, as well as their attitudes toward symptom-oriented care. Parent participants will be asked questions about their child s illness, which includes understanding, discussion, and impact of illness.
- Treatment will not be provided as part of this protocol.
|Official Title:||Evaluating Supportive Care for Children With Cancer: A Multi-Institutional Survey Study of Pediatric Oncology Patients and Parents|
|Study Start Date:||December 2010|
|United States, Maryland|
|Johns Hopkins University|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|
|United States, Tennessee|
|St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital|
|Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38105|
|Principal Investigator:||David Wendler, Ph.D.||National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)|