Rehabilitation for adolescent brain tumour survivors
Nicki Fitzmaurice Paediatric Macmillan Nurse, Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital NHS Trust
Sharon Beardsmore Paediatric Macmillan Nurse, Dip Palliative Care, Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital NHS Trust
Kath Hill Sargent Social Worker, The Children’s Hospital, Birmingham
Adolescent patients who recover from treatment for brain tumours can be left with both physical and psychosocial problems (Mostow et al 1991, Plowman 1992). The neuro-oncology rehabilitation team based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital has formulated a project that seeks to address these issues within a structured process combining an arts exercise programme. A review of the literature revealed that the use such a programme in the rehabilitation of adolescent survivors of brain tumours had previously not been explored. This article reports on the results of the initial pilot project for this programme.
Cancer Nursing Practice.
2, 5, 26-30.
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