Jennie Kernahan

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The development of a scale to measure perceived illness experience in young people with cancer is described. Areas of concern were first identified through semistructured interviews conducted with children and adolescents. As a result, 78 items were generated to cover the main areas identified (physical appearance, interference with activity, peer(More)
Fifty-two children in remission from childhood cancer and 41 siblings underwent a full clinical and radiographic dental examination. All the children had received chemotherapy. The leukaemic patients had received radiotherapy also, but not involving the jaws. There was no significant difference in dental caries experience between the treated children and(More)
Fifty-two long-term survivors of childhood leukemia or solid tumors had a clinical dental examination along with 49 of their sibling. The 52, with an additional 30 examined in a previous study, were studied radiologically with a panoramic tomogram. All children with leukemia had received chemotherapy for 2 or 3 years and irradiation on standard protocols(More)
In order to determine the validity of the Rotterdam Symptom Checklist (RSC) for use with paediatric patients, a sample of 47 mothers with a child with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) was asked to complete the RSC, the Play Performance Scale for Children PPSC and a measure of daily activity (HDI: Questionnaires were completed during routine outpatient(More)
Over eight years, eight cases of childhood myeloproliferative disease were recognised in the northern region of England (population 3.1 million). Five were classic chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and the three others, forms of myeloproliferative disease. No case of juvenile CML was recognised. With the exception of CML, "adult" type myeloproliferative(More)
Fifteen children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in remission receiving maintenance chemotherapy and 12 ALL patients off treatment and in remission were tested for natural killer (NK) cell activity in vitro. Compared with a control population the children with ALL receiving maintenance chemotherapy had low levels of NK cell activity. This effect(More)
Modern intensive chemotherapy has dramatically improved the prognosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in children. However, once remission has been established, quality of life and even survival may be threatened by exacerbation of viral infections in the prolonged period of continuation therapy necessary to prevent relapse. Often the viruses(More)
Nasal concentrations of leucocyte interferon measured immunoradiometrically were appreciably higher in children infected with influenza viruses than those infected with paramyxoviruses. Regardless of the infecting virus, leukaemic children produced normal amounts of interferon, but this appeared to have little effect on the duration of excretion of virus.
Gonadal function was assessed in 15 boys with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) who had received testicular irradiation. The dose to the testes was 12 Gy in 12, 15 Gy in 1, and 24 Gy in 2 cases. All of those who had received 12 or 15 Gy had normal Leydig cell function, although high levels of gonadotropins suggest subclinical Leydig cell damage. The 2 who(More)