When Cancer Affects Families with Children

Patients often post on our bulletin board about their family members’ issues surrounding mesothelioma, which can differ greatly from the patient perspective. Though we remain sensitive to the needs of the patients, caregivers and bereaved, during this year’s symposium we will also address the impact of mesothelioma in families with children (defined as being under the age of 23, including those away for college).  This session is meant for patients, their caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma, who wish to explore the effects cancer has on the emotional well-being of children in their family.

The session will begin with a slide presentation, and an interactive discussion addressing concerns and questions. I have listed below a few select studies about the topic. You can review the most up-to-date Symposium agenda here and you can register for the Symposium here.

The 2010 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will take place June 10-12, in Washington, DC.

1. Stress response symptoms in adolescents during the first year after a parent’s cancer diagnosis.
Huizinga GA, Visser A, van der Graaf WT, Hoekstra HJ, Gazendam-Donofrio SM, Hoekstra-Weebers JE.
Support Care Cancer. 2009 Nov 6. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 19894067 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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2. Parent-child communication patterns during the first year after a parent’s cancer diagnosis: the effect on parents’ functioning.
Gazendam-Donofrio S, Hoekstra H, van der Graaf W, van de Wiel H, Visser A, Huizinga G, Hoekstra-Weebers J.
Cancer. 2009 Sep 15;115(18):4227-37.
PMID: 19626654 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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3. Brief report: A pilot study of a web-based resource for families of children with cancer.
Ewing LJ, Long K, Rotondi A, Howe C, Bill L, Marsland AL.
J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jun;34(5):523-9. Epub 2008 Sep 10.
PMID: 18784185 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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