Long Term Emotional and Social Outcomes

Although the acute experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment is stressful, both physically and emotionally, most children and families do well over the long term. For example, Zebrack et al. (2007) surveyed 2,778 survivors of solid tumors diagnosed in childhood regarding symptoms of depression, som-atization, and anxiety. They found that the vast majority of the survivors reported few, if any, symptoms of distress. Predictors of distress included poor health status, low income, less education, and lack of employment.

The specific symptoms that have been most commonly reported have been those of posttraumatic stress. Posttraumatic stress symptoms appear to be rarely reported by childhood cancer survivors while they are still children and adolescents (Gerhardt et al. 2007; Kazak et al. 1997) but appear to emerge in approximately 13%-16% of survivors in young adulthood (Lee and Santacroce 2007; Rourke et al. 2007).

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