Intervention Helps Cancer Patients's Moms

HOUSTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) — Researchers in Texas and California say an intervention can help mothers cope with their child’s cancer.

Mothers of newly diagnosed patients at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, as well as at Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach in California, decreased their stress level sooner and sustained that level longer with the intervention known as Problem-Solving Skills Training.


The multi-institutional randomized trial, conducted through the Psychosocial Adaptation to Childhood Cancer Research Consortium, found three months after their child’s initial diagnosis, the stress levels of mothers who received the intervention had decreased twice as much as mothers who had no intervention.

The study also showed mothers who spoke Spanish had the most significant response to the training compared with English-speaking and Arabic-speaking mothers.

“The new certified intervention has proven to be more effective long term compared to other psychological methods,” the study authors say in a statement.

The findings were reported at the 42nd Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology.

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