Parents' views of cancer-directed therapy for children with no realistic chance for cure

Title

Parents' views of cancer-directed therapy for children with no realistic chance for cure

Creator

Mack JW; Joffe S; Hilden JM; Watterson J; Moore C; Weeks JC; Wolfe J

Publisher

Journal Of Clinical Oncology

Date

2008

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; infant; Male; Adult; Parent-Child Relations; Questionnaires; Middle Aged; adolescent; Preschool; Terminally Ill/psychology; infant; Newborn; Parents/psychology; Antineoplastic Agents/adverse effects; Neoplasms/drug therapy/psychology

Description

PURPOSE: Previous literature suggests that parents often wish to continue cancer-directed therapy for their children with incurable cancer. We assessed parents' experiences with treatment for their children with cancer and no realistic chance of cure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We administered questionnaires to 141 parents of children with cancer who died after receiving care at one of two cancer centers. Parents were asked whether the child benefited and suffered from treatment administered after the parent recognized that cure was not a realistic expectation, and whether they would recommend cancer-directed therapy to other families of children with advanced cancer. RESULTS: Fifty-three (38%) of 141 children received cancer-directed therapy after the parent recognized that the child had no realistic chance for cure. Most of these parents felt that their child had experienced at least some suffering resulting from the therapy (61%, 31 of 51) and little to no benefit (57%, 29 of 51). Fifty-one (38%) of 135 parents overall would recommend standard chemotherapy and 46 (33%) of 140 would recommend experimental chemotherapy to families of children with advanced cancer. Even parents who would not recommend standard chemotherapy generally felt the physician should offer it (91%, 88 of 97). Parents who reported that their children experienced suffering resulting from cancer-directed therapy (odds ratio = 0.46; P = .02) were less likely to recommend standard chemotherapy to other families. CONCLUSION: Although many parents choose treatment for their children with incurable cancer, bereaved parents often would not recommend such therapy. Parents who felt their children suffered as a result of cancer treatment were particularly unlikely to recommend it.
2008

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. PedPalASCNET does not hold any rights over the resource listed here. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

4759-4764

Issue

29

Volume

26

Citation

Mack JW; Joffe S; Hilden JM; Watterson J; Moore C; Weeks JC; Wolfe J, “Parents' views of cancer-directed therapy for children with no realistic chance for cure,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 31, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14038.

Social Bookmarking