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ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Bringing Back Smiles

Published September 6, 2013 1:41 PM by Danielle Bullen

Cancer. It's a scary word for someone of any age, but especially for a child. Great strides have been made in research and treatment, and the long-term survival rate across the board for pediatric cancers stands at roughly 80%.

But going into remission is not the end of the battle. Just like their adult counterparts, young cancer patients can face issues with cognitive and fine-motor skills.

Luckily, concentration, memory, handwriting, social skills, and other issues fit right into the OT wheelhouse. In children's hospitals across the country, occupational therapists are a vital part of a multidisclipinary treatment team. Before and after surgies, chemotherapy and radiation, they work to get their patients back to being themselves again.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Do any of you work with pediatric cancer patients? Share how you help bring back their smiles.

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