It is well established that a diagnosis of childhood cancer and its treatment can lead to psychosocial distress in the affected child and the family, particularly during the early stages of treatment. Identifying early warning signs of psychosocial risk in this population may lead to a reduction of psychosocial distress and better allocation of resources. This presentation provided an overview of psychosocial distress and risk in this population; guidelines and standards for psychosocial services in pediatric oncology; barriers to psychosocial screening, assessment, and care; psychosocial screening tools and recommendations for psychosocial screening and follow-up plan.
Maru Barrera, PhD, MA, CPsych
Psychologist, Dept. of Psychology, Division of Haematology/Oncology
Senior Associate Scientist
The Hospital for Sick Children