Spiritual aspects of care for Adolescents with cancer

Tullio Proserpio, Andrea Ferrari, Laura Veneroni, Barbara Giacon, Maura Massimino, Carlo Alfredo Clerici

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Abstract

Aims and background: Adolescents with cancer have psychosocial issues that need to be adequately addressed. Spirituality is a fundamental aspect of their psychological well-being.

Methods: A chaplain is a daily presence in the Youth Project ward for adolescents at the Pediatric Oncology Unit of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan. The chaplain conducts daily visits to the ward and the outpatient clinic/day hospital, holds daily meetings with the psychologists on staff, and attends biweekly meetings with doctors and/or nurses. The cases of patients referred for spiritual assistance between January and December 2012 were analyzed by patient age and reasons for consultation, and were compared with cases referred for psychological consultation.

Results: A psychological consultation was offered to 84% of patients/families, and further support was needed for 23% of children and 45% of teenagers. Spiritual support was provided for 2 children and 20 adolescents (24% of the sample considered).

Conclusions: Acknowledgment of their spiritual needs helps patients to battle with their disease. The reasons patients and parents ask for spiritual assistance only partially overlap with the motives behind requests to see a psychologist. The care of adolescents with cancer should include catering for their spiritual needs by assuring the constant presence of a chaplain on hospital wards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTumori
PublisherIl Pensiero Scientifico Editore s.r.l.
Pagese130-e135
Volume100
Edition4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2014

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Clergy
Psychology
Neoplasms
Referral and Consultation
Hospital Outpatient Clinics
Spirituality
Parents
Nurses
Pediatrics

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Cancer
  • Psychosocial
  • Spiritual assistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

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Proserpio, T., Ferrari, A., Veneroni, L., Giacon, B., Massimino, M., & Clerici, C. A. (2014). Spiritual aspects of care for Adolescents with cancer. In Tumori (4 ed., Vol. 100, pp. e130-e135). Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore s.r.l.. https://doi.org/10.1700/1636.17926

Spiritual aspects of care for Adolescents with cancer. / Proserpio, Tullio; Ferrari, Andrea; Veneroni, Laura; Giacon, Barbara; Massimino, Maura; Clerici, Carlo Alfredo.

Tumori. Vol. 100 4. ed. Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore s.r.l., 2014. p. e130-e135.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Proserpio, T, Ferrari, A, Veneroni, L, Giacon, B, Massimino, M & Clerici, CA 2014, Spiritual aspects of care for Adolescents with cancer. in Tumori. 4 edn, vol. 100, Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore s.r.l., pp. e130-e135. https://doi.org/10.1700/1636.17926
Proserpio T, Ferrari A, Veneroni L, Giacon B, Massimino M, Clerici CA. Spiritual aspects of care for Adolescents with cancer. In Tumori. 4 ed. Vol. 100. Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore s.r.l. 2014. p. e130-e135 https://doi.org/10.1700/1636.17926
Proserpio, Tullio ; Ferrari, Andrea ; Veneroni, Laura ; Giacon, Barbara ; Massimino, Maura ; Clerici, Carlo Alfredo. / Spiritual aspects of care for Adolescents with cancer. Tumori. Vol. 100 4. ed. Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore s.r.l., 2014. pp. e130-e135
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