Covid-19 adds to worries for parents of kids with cancer

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While the pandemic has impacted everyone, the isolation, job losses, reduced wages, school closings, and other effects of the pandemic have hit families whose children have cancer especially hard. Photo: Pexels

(Sarah Avery-Duke/ Futurity) — Researchers surveyed 360 parents and caregivers of children currently in treatment or still being monitored for cancer and found that half had to cancel or delay appointments, 77% reported increased feelings of anxiety, and, of those who had lost jobs or wages, 11% struggled to pay for basic needs.

“Parents and caregivers of children who have cancer are already under tremendous stress,” says lead author Kyle Walsh, associate professor in the neurosurgery department at the Duke University School of Medicine.

“And while the pandemic has impacted everyone, the isolation, job losses, reduced wages, school closings, and other effects of the pandemic have hit families whose children have cancer especially hard.” (…)

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