Special Issue "Leukemia and Other Types of Cancer in Childhood. Medical and Nursing Care Issues for the Improvement of Young Patients’ Quality of Life"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: pediatric oncology nursing; pediatric pain relief; pediatric nursing; quality of life for pediatric patients with chronic diseases; oral mucositis in pediatric patients; care of central and peripheral venous catheters in pediatric patients
Cancer in children and adolescents, although a relatively rare disease, is the second most common cause of death in childhood. In recent decades, a tremendous progress of new, intensive anticancer treatments as well as supportive care has improved the survival rate and prognosis and decreased mortality dramatically for children and adolescents with cancer. Even though the cure rates are higher than ever, the diagnosis and therapy of cancer in pediatric patients is still a very stressful procedure. Children with cancer deal with several stressful conditions related to cancer treatment on a daily basis. The most commonly reported are the need for hospitalization, pain, immobilization, and the aggressiveness of the treatments. These factors may have a negative impact on young patients’ quality of life.
In terms of helping children and teenagers with cancer to improve their quality of life as patients and survivors as well, we focus on medical and nursing care issues that can foster young patients to cope with the disease and its complications. The focus of this Special Issue is on the ways that medical and nursing care issues of young patients with leukemia and other types of cancer in childhood may affect their quality of life as inpatients, outpatients, and survivors. Increasing our knowledge in this topic will assist us in developing evidence-based guidelines or recommendations for the improvement of quality of life in children and adolescents with malignancies.
This issue will include original research and reviews on the relationship between nursing and medical topics and quality of life in young patients suffering from leukemia and other types of cancer. This can include epidemiological studies of the association between anticancer treatments and complications or side-effects, palliative and supportive therapy/care, and new drugs and studies examining factors associated with medical and nursing care that can help children and adolescents with cancer to gain a better quality of life.
Dr. Pantelis Perdikaris
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- Quality of life
- Palliative care
- Nursing care
- Medical care
- Supportive care
- Pediatric cancer