PSYCHIATRIC SEQUELAE OF SURVIVING CHILDHOOD CANCER

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Abstract

Increasing survival rates for children with cancer raise questions about the long-term psychosocial impact of the disease and its treatment. Psychiatric evaluations of 114 survivors of childhood malignancies suggest a high rate of adjustment problems, with 59% indicating at least mild psychiatric symp-tomology. Interviews with former patients highlight the importance of adaptive denial in the face of the uncertainty connected with cancer survival.

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