Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Activity Preferences, Engagement and Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Activity Preferences, Engagement and Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Article excerpt

Obesity is assuming epidemic proportions in the general population of industrialized nations. In the growing population of childhood cancer patients and survivors, a primary yet understudied concern is the association between obesity, relapse, and adverse physical and psychosocial outcomes. Childhood cancer patients and survivors are less physically active than healthy controls during treatment, with this pattern continuing even after treatment is completed. Increasing physical activity among childhood cancer patients and survivors may be associated with improvements in response to cancer therapy, overall survival, and health-related quality of life. However, before effective intervention strategies can be developed to improve physical activity and mange weight effectively, understanding patient activity levels and preferences during and after treatment is necessary. This information will be necessary for the effective tailoring of intervention to meet individual patient needs, and thereby improve health and survival.

This presentation will review the development and pilot testing of a new scale, the Activity Preferences and Participation Scale (APPS), in pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Original data will be presented describing patient and parent reported activity preferences and participation in children and adolescents with ALL, the most common form of childhood cancer, and the association of this measure with body mass index (BMI), stage of therapy, age, gender, ethnicity, and quality of life. …

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