Psychiatric sequelae of surviving childhood cancer

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1979 Oct;49(4):608-616. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1979.tb02646.x.


Increasing survival rates for children with cancer raise questions about the long-term psychosocial impact of the disease and its treatment. Psychiatric evaluations of 114 survivors of childhood malignancies suggest a high rate of adjustment problems, with 59% indicating at least mild psychiatric symptomology. Interviews with former patients highlight the importance of adaptive denial in the face of the uncertainty connected with cancer survival.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adjustment Disorders / psychology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology*
  • Child Reactive Disorders / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Neoplasms / mortality
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Self Concept
  • Social Adjustment