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Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing 2012;18(1):19-28.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4094/jkachn.2012.18.1.19
Childhood Cancer Survivor's Services Needs for the Better Quality of Life.
Min Ah Kim, Jae hee Yi
1School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
2College of Social Work, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. minahkim@usc.edu
Abstract
PURPOSE: The study aimed to identity specific needs for services and programs to help childhood cancer survivors adjust and adapt to life after treatment. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with 31 childhood cancer survivors, diagnosed with cancer before the age of 18 and currently between 15 and 39 years of age. Each survivor had completed his/her cancer treatment. RESULTS: The participating cancer survivors reported needs for services related to psychological counseling, schooling and learning, social skills, mentorship, integrated health management, self support activities, families of survivors, and public recognition and awareness. CONCLUSION: The results of the study indicate a need to better understand childhood cancer survivors, provides a basis for developing various services and programs to improve the quality of life among childhood cancer patients, survivors, and their families, and supports the importance of psychosocial adjustment.
Key words: Cancer; Community services; Health services needs; Survivorship; Qualitative research
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