Kathleen S. Ruccione

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PURPOSE This study assessed the prevalence of posttraumatic stress symptoms in young adult survivors of childhood cancer and the association of posttraumatic stress with anxiety, adjustment, perceptions of illness and treatment, and medical data extracted from oncology records. PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventy-eight young adults (ages 18 to 40 years) who had(More)
PURPOSE Survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer are at risk for long-term effects of disease and treatment. The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study assessed overall and cause-specific mortality in a retrospective cohort of 20,227 5-year survivors. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eligible subjects were individuals diagnosed with cancer (from 1970 to 1986) before the(More)
CONTEXT Most children diagnosed as having leukemia become research subjects in randomized clinical trials (RCTs), but little is known about how randomization is explained to or understood by parents. OBJECTIVE To investigate physicians' explanation and parental understanding of randomization in childhood leukemia RCTs. DESIGN AND SETTING A multisite(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To explore the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and quality of life (QOL)/psychological outcome in young adult survivors of childhood cancer. DESIGN Cross-sectional, descriptive study. SETTING A large comprehensive pediatric cancer center on the West Coast. SAMPLE Fifty-one young adult survivors of childhood(More)
The Children's Oncology Group Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancers are risk-based, exposure-related clinical practice guidelines intended to promote earlier detection of and intervention for complications that may potentially arise as a result of treatment for pediatric malignancies. Developed(More)
While a number of epidemiological studies of childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) have been conducted, separate analysis of risk factors for ALL subtypes has generally not been possible. We report the results of an analysis of data obtained from parents of children with ALL (and a control group of children without cancer), linked to a clinical(More)
OBJECTIVES High birth weight has been associated with a number of childhood cancers. This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that elevated birth weight is associated with an increased risk of diagnosis-specific and age-specific groups of childhood cancers. METHODS A case-control study, using a large Children's Cancer Group database, examined birth(More)
This study investigates how cancer survivors construct their identities and the impact on their psychological health, as measured by depression and survivor self-efficacy. Fourteen young adult survivors of pediatric cancer participated in a customized social networking and video blog intervention program, the LIFECommunity, over a 6-month period. Survivors(More)
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism 301D, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281, USA Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism G6, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281, USA Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA Center for Cancer and Blood(More)
Parents of 75 children with hepatoblastoma, registered with the Childrens Cancer Study Group, and 75 age-matched controls, who had been identified through random digit dialing were interviewed. No evidence was found to support the primary study hypotheses relating to hepatitis infection, maternal estrogen exposure, alcohol consumption, smoking, or potential(More)