The Cancer Center at CHOP launched a webinar series in 2013 called First Steps Toward Healing. This series will cover topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, coping, siblings, community resources, medical late effects and more. A recording of each webinar will be published here for those who weren't able to attend live, or for those who want to watch again. This series is sponsored in part by the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Social workers Dana Dombrowski and Susan Pultman discussed the resources available to families facing a cancer diagnosis. There are many people and places at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and other cancer treatment centers, and in the community and online, that families can turn to for help managing the financial, emotional, and family stressors that come along with a childhood cancer diagnosis.
Psychologist Lynne Kaplan and child life specialist Sarah Pajak discussed the experience of siblings of a childhood cancer patient. The focus of this webinar was on rate of post-traumatic stress symptoms in siblings, and coping strategies that parents can use to reduce these symptoms in their healthy children.
Dr. Lamia Barakat discusses the ways childhood cancer affects the child, parents and siblings, focusing on the experience of post-traumatic stress symptoms and post-traumatic growth — the perceived benefits that come out of the experience of childhood cancer. This was the first event in the First Steps Toward Healing webinar series, developed by the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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