Obstacles in the prevention of psychological sequelae in survivors of childhood cancer.
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This article reviews some of the elements of surviving childhood cancer. It is evident that there are psychological, social, and neuropsychological sequelae of surviving cancer; and therefore there is a need for prevention of psychological sequelae in survivors of childhood cancer. This article outlines four obstacles to their prevention--the lack of adequate research, the distribution of resources, professional attitudes, and the "Damocles syndrome" perspective--and suggests some means by which these obstacles may be overcome.
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