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Multidisciplinary care in pediatric oncology

Authors Cantrell MA, Ruble K

Published 30 May 2011 Volume 2011:4 Pages 171—181

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S7108

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Mary Ann Cantrell1, Kathy Ruble2
1College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA; 2Department of Pediatric Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Abstract: This paper describes the significant advances in the treatment of childhood cancer and supportive care that have occurred over the last several decades and details how these advances have led to improved survival and quality of life (QOL) for children with cancer through a multidisciplinary approach to care. Advances in the basic sciences, general medicine, cooperative research protocols, and policy guidelines have influenced and guided the multidisciplinary approach in pediatric oncology care across the spectrum from diagnosis through long-term survival. Two case studies are provided to highlight the nature and scope of multidisciplinary care in pediatric oncology care.

Keywords: childhood cancer, chemotherapy, leukemia

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