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Pediatric PsychooncologyPsychological Perspectives on Children with Cancer$
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David J. Bearison and Raymond K. Mulhern

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195079319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195079319.001.0001

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Pediatric Oncology: A Medical Overview

Pediatric Oncology: A Medical Overview

(p.9) 1 Pediatric Oncology: A Medical Overview
Pediatric Psychooncology

David J. Bearison

Raymond K. Mulhern

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the medical aspects of pediatric cancer, valuable to readers with little or no background in biomedical sciences and medical practice. It considers the etiology, clinical symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and different kinds of treatments of childhood cancers, and discusses the characteristics and late effects of the most common kinds of pediatric malignancies, including leukemias, brain tumors, lymphomas, and bone tumors. It helps those who are relatively unfamiliar with medical issues in pediatric oncology to better appreciate the nature of this disease and to establish a context for the discussion of psychological issues in the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   childhood cancer, cancer history, leukemia, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, pediatric malignancy, brain tumor, lymphoma

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