International Journal of Hematology and Oncology 2019, Vol 29, Num 2 Page(s): 168-171
THE EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER ON SIBLINGS: A GENERAL PERSPECTIVE

LALE ALGIER1, ŞEYDA ÖKDEM1

Başkent Üniv. Sağlık Bilimleri Fak. Hemşirelik ve Sağlık Hizmetleri Bl, ANKARA

Keywords: childhood cancer, siblings, adjustment difficulties, nurse
Although the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer have a significant impact on families, the literature demonstrates that this illness experience has an even greater effect on healthy siblings of children with cancer. Siblings are particularly vulnerable to adjustment difficulties such as depression, anger, anxiety, feelings of guilt and social isolation. This article discusses the effects of childhood cancer to healthy siblings and highlight the nursing interventions that are effective in supporting siblings throughout the illness period.