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Communication of the diagnosis of childhood cancer

R Uys


Communication of the diagnosis in childhood cancer should be the first building block in a continuously communicative process between the medical staff, parents or care givers and the patient. This compassionate conversation, conveying hope, assurance and without medical jargon, should take place in a quiet room with minimal interruptions, It is advised that the teenager patient should be present to actively take part in the discussion about their treatment. News should be conveyed to the young child in the presence of their parents. Clear and accurate information regarding etiology, diagnosis, treatment, goal of treatment and prognosis should be discussed. Creating opportunities for review discussion as well as providing printed or audio visual material will enhance a relationship of trust.

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R Uys, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Children's Hospital

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communication; diagnosis; childhood cancer

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Continuing Medical Education 2010;28(7):347.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-03-01
Date published: 2010-08-05

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