Quality of Life in Children with Cancer

Shulamith Kreitler*, Michal M. Kreitler

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPediatric Psycho-Oncology
Subtitle of host publicationPsychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions: Second Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781119998839
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Quality of life
  • Treatment


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