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    Study highlights resilience of young cancer patients

    Despite having life-threatening illnesses, children and teens with cancer were no more likely than their healthy peers to report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    Cancer diagnosis doesn’t increase a child’s risk of post-traumatic stress disorder

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study suggests previous research overestimated PTSD in young cancer patients; new findings highlight the ability of children to adjust and even thrive in response to challenges. (Sean Phipps, PhD)

    Personality an important predictor of coping with cancer stress

    Children with anxious personalities are more likely to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress than childhood cancer survivors, St. Jude researchers report.

    Surprising results show that kids with cancer are flourishing population

    Children under treatment for cancer are generally emotionally well-adjusted and no more depressed or anxious than other children their age, according to St. Jude researchers. In studies of depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress and quality of life, children with cancer do as well as—and often better than—their healthy peers.

    Sidestepping Stress

    Psychologists at St. Jude are studying parents of children undergoing stem cell or bone marrow transplants to predict those who are at high risk for increased distress. Caregivers can then help these parents find ways to cope.

    Is "posttraumatic stress disorder" model wrong?

    A St. Jude study questions the use of the term "posttraumatic stress disorder" to describe the impact that pediatric cancer has on children and their parents, despite the fact that its use is supported by the official psychiatric diagnostic manual.

    Predicting Parent Distress

    Guidelines help predict distress in parents of children getting stem cell or bone marrow transplants.

    Spa Kids

    A new study brings massage into the patient's room. But this treatment involves more than just back rubs. Think whoopee cushions. Think Three Stooges. Think relief from pain and anxiety.