Cancer survivorship in children and young adults: a concept analysis

  • Shepherd E
  • Woodgate R
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Abstract

Survivorship has been described in a variety of ways. Understanding how survivorship is applied in the context of childhood cancer survivors is important to the practice of pediatric nursing because it will offer nurses new possibilities for providing guidance, support, and assistance in enhancing outcomes for childhood cancer survivors and their families. Accordingly, the purpose of this article is to provide a conceptual framework that will assist nurses in their efforts to attain the common goal of successful survivorship in childhood cancer survivors. The method of concept analysis developed by Walker and Avant is used. The result is a definition of survivorship that is relevant and useful for research and clinical practice in pediatric oncology. © 2010 by Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.

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  • childhood cancer
  • children
  • concept analysis
  • survivorship
  • young adults

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  • E.J.W. Shepherd

  • R.L. Woodgate

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