General Session: Promoting Resilience in Children with Cancer and their Families (103)

10:15 – 11:15 am Saturday, October 30

Pediatric cancer is highly stressful for both the child-patients and their families. We wondered if resilience – the process of harnessing resources to sustain well-being – could buffer the impact of pediatric cancer and, in turn, alleviate suffering and improve quality of life.

Over a series of projects, we worked with patients and families to translate resilience theory into practice, design a patient-centered resilience coaching program, prove the program works to improve sense of resilience, hope, quality of life, and distress among both children and parents, and finally expand the program for clinical application. In this talk, Dr. Rosenberg will tell the story of over a decade studying resilience in pediatric oncology settings. She will end with lessons learned – both for our patients and ourselves, and some simple techniques for promoting resilience in children with cancer and their families.


Abby Rosenberg, MD MS MA

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