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Pediatric Psycho-oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-99883-9
328 pages
August 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Like the ground-breaking first edition, Pediatric Psycho-oncology, Second edition puts the child at the centre of medical and psychological care.  It broadens the focus beyond treatment and cure to consider the quality of life of the child and their family.  Written by an international group of pediatric oncologists and psychologists/psycho-oncologists brought together by an expert editorial team, it focuses on the real-life practical aspects of children undergoing treatment for cancer.

This edition has been restructured and opens with a major section on Active treatment, which includes chapters addressing quality of life, pain, psychosocial aspects of treatment and interventions, art therapy and different fantasy-based techniques, palliative care, communication and education, as well as a new chapter on psychopharmacology. Shorter sections then discuss survivorship and care of the dying child, including a new chapter on bereavement.  The final section comprises new chapters on ethical considerations and on addressing the emotional needs of children whose parents have cancer, as well as a case study on international collaboration.  An appendix provides a comprehensive overview of tools for evaluation and assessment in pediatric psychooncology.

This book is a highly practical resource that will be invaluable for all health care professionals looking after children and adolescents with cancer. 

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Foreword xiii
Jimmie Holland

Introduction: Embedding Psychosocial Care in Medicine: Pediatric Psycho-oncology as a Model xv
Gary M. Kupfer

Preface xvii

Part A Active Treatment 1

Chapter 1 Cancer in Children: an Overview 3
Shai Izraeli, Gideon Rechavi

Chapter 2 Comprehensive and Family-Centered Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology: Integration of Clinical Practice and Research 7
Lori Wiener, Maryland Pao

Chapter 3 Quality of Life in Children with Cancer 18
Shulamith Kreitler, Michal M. Kreitler

Chapter 4 Pain in Pediatric Oncology 32
Richard D. W. Hain

Chapter 5 Psychiatric Impact of Childhood Cancer 43
Margaret L. Stuber

Chapter 6 Psychosocial Effects of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Children 52
Ronit Elhasid, Michal M. Kreitler, Shulamith Kreitler, Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush

Chapter 7 Psychosocial Aspects of Radiotherapy in Pediatric Cancer Patients 62
Shulamith Kreitler, Elena Krivoy, Amos Toren

Chapter 8 Communicating with Children: their Understanding, Information Needs, and Processes 71
M. Louise Webster, Jane E. Skeen

Chapter 9 Psychosocial Interventions:a Cognitive Behavioral Approach 92
Bob F. Last, Martha A. Grootenhuis

Chapter 10 Education in Pediatric Oncology: Learning and Reintegration into School 104
Ciporah S. Tadmor, Rivka Rosenkranz, Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush

Chapter 11 Psychopharmacology in Pediatric Oncology 118
Elizabeth G. Pinsky, Annah N. Abrams

Chapter 12 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Children with Cancer 135
Subhadra Evans, Laura Cousins, Lonnie Zeltzer

Chapter 13 Fantasy, Art Therapies, and Other Expressive and Creative Psychosocial Interventions 143
Shulamith Kreitler, Daniel Oppenheim, Elsa Segev-Shoham

Chapter 14 Palliative Care for Children with Advanced Cancer 160
Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, Lonnie Zeltzer

Part B Survivorship 175

Chapter 15 Neuropsychological Sequelae of Childhood Cancer 177
Matthew C. Hocking, Melissa A. Alderfer

Chapter 16 Survivorship in Childhood Cancer 187
Elena Krivoy, Meriel E.M. Jenney, Amita Mahajan, Monique Peretz Nahum

Part C Death and Bereavement 197

Chapter 17 Care of a Child Dying of Cancer 199
Sergey Postovsky, Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush

Chapter 18 Psychological Intervention with the Dying Child 209
Shulamith Kreitler, Elena Krivoy

Chapter 19 Providing Support for Families Experiencing the Death of a Child 223
David J. Schonfeld

Part D Additional Considerations 231

Chapter 20 Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Oncology: a Case-Based Psychosocial Overview 233
Ryan W. Blum, Andres S. Martin

Chapter 21 When a Parent has Cancer: Supporting Healthy Child Development During Challenging Times 246
Susan D. Swick, Andres S. Martin, Paula Rauch

Chapter 22 Collaborations in Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology: the Middle East as a Case Example 260
Aziza T. Shad, Maria E. McGee, Matthew G. Biel, Michael Silbermann

Part E Appendix 269

Appendix A Assessment Tools in Pediatric Psycho-oncology 271
Dafna Munitz-Shenkar, Michal M. Kreitler, Shulamith Kreitler

Appendix B Additional Resources 298

Index 301

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Author Information

Dr Shulamith Kreitler studied psychology, philosophy and psychopathology in Israel, Switzerland and the USA. She studied for her PhD at the University of  Bern, Switzerland and is a certified clinical and health psychologist. She has been Professor of Psychology at  the Universities of Harvard, Princeton and Yale in the USA, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Vienna, Austria. Since 1986 she has been Professor of Psychology at Tel-Aviv University and currently also teaches at the University of Haifa. She is Head of the Psychooncology Research Center at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. She has published about 200 papers and 10 books on motivation, cognition, psychopathology and health psychology, and is known especially for her work in health psychology, particularly psychooncology, the theory of meaning, and the cognitive orientation theory for the prediction and change of behavior.

Dr Myriam Ben-Arush is Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the Technion Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Department, Rambam Health Care Campus, and Deputy Director of the Meyer Children's Hospital, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel.  She is past Chair of the Israel Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, and received a bursary from the Israel Society of Oncology for the creation of the Pediatric Oncology Unit in Northern Israel.  The World Medical Association recognised her as ‘Caring Physician of the World’, and she is ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’.  Dr Ben-Aurush is Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology,  a member of the National Council of Oncology and Pediatric Health and of the Israel Cancer Association.  She sits on the Research Committee of the Israeli Ministry of Health and the advisory committee for treatment outside Israel.  She is also a Principal investigator in Israel of the European Soft Tissue Sarcoma Protocol.

Dr. Andres Martin is the Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor of Pediatric Oncology Psychosocial Services at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. He is the consulting psychiatrist to the Section of Pediatric Oncology of the Children’s Hospital and the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, where he also co-leads the Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) program. Dr. Martin is editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and co-editor of  ‘Pediatric Psychopharmacology: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition’ and ‘Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, 4th edition’.


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“This is a highly practical resource book for health professionals dealing with children and adolescents with cancer . . . There is also a new appendix providing a comprehensive overview and details of research tools in paediatric psycho-oncology.”  (Journal of Analytical Psychology, 1 May 2013)

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