In Part 2 of Pediatric Cancer, we discuss the following topics with Dr. Christine Trask (see the show notes for Part 1 for Christine’s bio):
- Issues pertaining to neuropsychological testing with pediatric cancer patients
- Is it necessary to postpone testing until after acute cancer treatment?
- How to account for academic factors when scheduling the testing session
- The neuropsychological battery in pediatric oncology – which cognitive domains should we focused on?
- Other environmental considerations (e.g., disinfecting test materials to protect immunocompromised children)
- Effects of high degrees of childhood neuroplasticity on cognitive outcomes following localized brain tumors
- The academic effects of cancer symptoms and treatment
- Neuropsychological recommendations for children with cancer
- Processing speed and executive functioning recommendations
- Academic accommodations and collaborating with school systems
- The utility of psychostimulants and cognitive remediation
- Neuropsychological report writing for multiple consumers (physician, parent, teacher, etc.)
- How to deliver neuropsychological feedback to parents and when to consider providing feedback to the child/adolescent
- Differences in the cognitive effects of cancer treatments in adults compared to children
- Chemo brain and… “radiation brain?”
- Longitudinal investigations of survivors of childhood cancer
- Training in pediatric oncology for students of neuropsychology
- Biggest challenges to working with this population
- Abrams, A., Muriel, A., & Weiner, L. (2016). Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology. Springer
- Mukherjee, S. (2010). The emperor of all maladies: a biography of cancer. Simon and Schuster.
Kahalley LS, Conklin HM, Tyc VL, Hudson MM, Wilson SJ, Wu S, Xiong X, & Hinds PS (2013). Slower processing speed after treatment for pediatric brain tumor and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Psychooncology.
Cheung YT & Krull KR. Neurocognitive outcomes in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated on contemporary treatment protocols: A systematic review (2015). Neurosci Biobehav Rev.
Liu W, Cheung YT, Conklin HM, Jacola LM, Srivastava D, Nolan VG, Zhang H, Gurney JG, Huang IC, Robison LL, Pui CH, Hudson MM, & Krull KR (2018). Evolution of neurocognitive function in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with chemotherapy only. J Cancer Surviv.
Iyer NS, Balsamo LM, Bracken MB, Kadan-Lottick NS (2015). Chemotherapy-only treatment effects on long-term neurocognitive functioning in childhood ALL survivors: a review and meta-analysis. Blood.
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