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Child health
Developmentally appropriate social and mental health support could improve quality of life for children receiving cancer treatment
  1. Susan Neilson
  1. School of Nursing, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Susan Neilson, School of Nursing, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; s.j.neilson{at}

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Commentary on: Jibb LA, Croal L, Wang J, et al. Children’s experiences of cancer care: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. Oncology Nursing Forum 2018;45:527–44.

Implications for practice and research

  • Developmentally appropriate conversations with children receiving cancer treatment can ensure timely referrals to the wider team through early identification and understanding of impact and needs.

  • The benefits of ongoing social support during cancer treatment while wide ranging may not be optimally facilitated or utilised in care settings and therefore is an area for future research.


As the overall long-term survival rate for children’s cancer increases,1 recognition of the wide-ranging (physical, psychological, emotional and social) impacts on the quality of life for these children and young people is important.2 3 The systematic review undertaken by Jibb et al 4 focuses on the experiences of …

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  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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