Marilyn J Hockenberry

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BACKGROUND Youths with coexisting learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at risk for poor academic and social outcomes. The underlying cognitive deficits, such as poor working memory (WM), are not well targeted by current treatments for either LD or ADHD. Emerging evidence suggests that WM might be improved by(More)
BACKGROUND Dexamethasone improves the cure rate of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) but causes physical and behavioral adverse events. The objective of the current study was to determine the effect of dexamethasone exposure on sleep and fatigue in pediatric patients with ALL. METHODS One hundred pediatric patients with low-risk or(More)
This prospective, two-site, randomized, controlled pilot study assessed the feasibility of an enhanced physical activity (EPA) intervention in hospitalized children and adolescents receiving treatment for a solid tumor or for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and assessed different statistical techniques to detect the intervention's sleep and fatigue outcomes.(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop and test three instruments to measure fatigue in children with cancer from the perspectives of the child, parents and staff. The study consisted of three phases: instrument development, content validation, and estimations of psychometric properties of the three fatigue instruments. One hundred forty-nine children(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effects of once-weekly epoetin alfa (EPO) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL), hemoglobin (Hb), transfusions, and tolerability in children with cancer. METHODS Anemic patients 5 years to 18 years of age receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy for nonmyeloid malignancies, excluding brain tumors, received intravenous EPO 600(More)
Adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer rate fatigue as their most prevalent and intense cancer- and treatment-related effect. Parents and staff rate it similarly. Despite its reported prevalence, intensity, and distressing effects, cancer-related fatigue in adolescents is not routinely assessed during or after cancer treatment. We contend that the(More)
PURPOSE Fatigue in childhood cancer is a pervasive and distressing symptom described as a "lack of energy". Carnitine is a micronutrient used to transport long chain fatty acids into muscle mitochondria. Some chemotherapy drugs interfere with the carnitine network. Both carnitine and fatigue relate to physical energy and may be influenced by chemotherapy.(More)
Decision making in pediatric oncology can look different to the ethicist and the clinician. Popular ethical theories argue that clinicians should not make decisions for patients, but rather provide information so that patients can make their own decisions. However, this theory does not always reflect clinical reality. We present a new model of decision(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To describe nocturnal awakenings and sleep environment interruptions experienced by children and adolescents hospitalized for two to four days to receive chemotherapy and to assess the relationships among nocturnal awakenings, sleep environment interruptions, sleep duration, and fatigue. DESIGN Longitudinal, descriptive design. (More)
Fatigue is the most frequent symptom experienced by children/adolescents with cancer. One mechanism contributing to cancer-related fatigue involves abnormalities in adenosine triphosphate synthesis caused by carnitine deficiency. The purpose of this study was to examine fatigue and carnitine in children/adolescents before and after ifosfamide, cisplatin, or(More)