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This study evaluates the effect of self-selected distracters (ie, bubbles, I Spy: Super Challenger book, music table, virtual reality glasses, or handheld video games) on pain, fear, and distress in 50 children and adolescents with cancer, ages 5 to 18, with port access or venipuncture. Using an...
Oral mucositis continues to be a common and debilitating side effect of the conditioning regimens that use high-dose chemotherapy with or without radiation for pediatric bone marrow transplantation. Limited interventions have demonstrated success in preventing or treating it. Administration of...
Complementary and alternative medicine is increasing in use in the pediatric oncology population. Although there is a multitude of herbal therapies used, the focus of this article is a review of the literature addressing some herbal therapies used to treat the symptoms of cancer and side effects...
This article describes the use and effectiveness of adjuvant propofol for pain control for pediatric oncology patients at the end of life. All patients experienced severe pain and agitation, not well controlled by continuous infusion opioids and benzodiazepines. Upon starting propofol, most...
Needle phobia—fear of medical devices—is a significant problem in pediatric and adult chemotherapy patients. Stress-reducing medical devices is a new, effective cognitive therapy for needle phobia. Twenty-five pediatric and 25 adult chemotherapy patients were randomly exposed to conventional...
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