Navigation Links
Parents, Doctors Often Differ on Chemo for Incurable Kids
Date:10/18/2011

TUESDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children with incurable cancer tend to prefer to continue aggressive chemotherapy rather than pursue supportive end-of-life care, researchers have found.

The study findings revealed that if given the choice, the health care professionals treating these very sick children under the age of 18 would opt for supportive care alone to alleviate their patients' discomfort, according to the report published in the Oct. 17 issue of CMAJ, the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"The choice between palliative chemotherapy and supportive care alone is one of the most important and difficult decisions for parents of children whose disease cannot be cured," Dr. Lillian Sung, of the division of hematology/oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, said in a journal news release.

In conducting the study, the researchers compared the treatment preferences of 77 parents whose children had little chance of surviving cancer to those of 128 health care professionals, including the doctors, residents, nurses and social workers, who care for children diagnosed with cancer.

The investigators found that 55 percent of parents preferred chemotherapy over supportive care. In contrast, only 16 percent of health care professionals would make the same choice.

Although parents placed a high value on their child's quality of life, the study also revealed that parents would choose chemotherapy for their child even if it reduced their quality of life and survival time.

The researchers pointed out that one reason for this discrepancy is the health care professionals viewed supportive care more positively than parents. The professionals' previous experiences with other children in similar circumstances may have something to do with that, the study authors suggested in the news release. Meanwhile, parents may remain hopeful that their child has a chance for survival regardless of their poor prognosis, the researchers added.

"This study is important because it highlights the incongruity between the preferences of parents and health care workers," Sung's team explained. "However, it may be that this incongruity masks a greater concern: miscommunication or unrealistic expectations."

The study authors concluded that health care professionals should be aware of parents' views on aggressive chemotherapy and communicate information about the child's quality of life and survival when making treatment decisions. They noted, however, that parents can remain hopeful while still optimizing their child's quality of life.

More information

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization provides more information on palliative care for children.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: CMAJ, news release, Oct. 17, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Overzealous Parents, Coaches Take the Fun From Kids Sports
2. Rest Assured, Parents, Teens Really Do Get Smarter With Time
3. Parents, Saying Um and Uh May Aid Learning
4. Imaging technology might help doctors determine best treatment for Crohns disease patients
5. Parents who go online for pediatric health information are open to doctors website recommendations
6. Researchers track number of doctors disciplined and why
7. Mine-hunting software helping doctors to identify rare cells in human cancer
8. Survey reveals reasons doctors avoid online error-reporting tools
9. Doctors Consider Nonverbal Cues in Medical Decisions
10. The witch doctors gift: Potential new drugs from a cup of tea
11. Cancer Patients Should Ask Doctors to Use Simple Terms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Parents, Doctors Often Differ on  Chemo for Incurable Kids
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... United Nations Foundation President ... the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, last enacted ... prohibits foreign non-governmental organizations from receiving any U.S. foreign assistance for family planning ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Texas Home Health, an AccentCare, Inc. ... care service companies: Padre Home Health in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Royalty Personal ... regarded in their respective markets, these two agencies align with Texas Home Health’s ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... men who support them, Dr. Carol Francis, Psychologist in the South Bay ... pay, humane respectful governing for all people and by all people shines as ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... , ... The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence ( NCADD ), ... communities to designate the last full week of January as National Drug and Alcohol ... Myths.” As a community, we can advocate for effective treatment, but also especially ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... ... PKF O’Connor Davies , LLP, the nation’s 26th largest accounting and ... will participate in the 40th Annual "Empire State Building Run Up" on Feb. 1 ... a vertical distance equal to about a fifth of a mile, to reach the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... SAN FRANCISCO , January 23, 2017 The global  ... USD 18.3 billion by 2025. The rising incidence of depression worldwide is anticipated ... and psychotherapies has resulted in the declining demand for antidepressants in the recent ... ... Grand View Research Logo ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... Januar 2017  ResMed (NYSE: RMD ), ... Medical ( Winter Haven, Florida ) gaben ... die Beilegung aller globalen Rechtsstreitigkeiten zwischen den Parteien geeinigt ... ihrer bestehenden Produkte im Tausch gegen Lizenzgebühren an ResMed ... leisten, um das in Florida ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... , Jan 23, 2017 NeuroVive Pharmaceutical ... has signed a preclinical collaboration agreement with the Children,s Hospital ... J. Falk , M.D., a US key opinion leader in ... ... will evaluate compounds from NeuroVive,s research program, NVP015, in certain ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: