- How are Ewing tumors treated?
- Chemotherapy for Ewing tumors
- Surgery for Ewing tumors
- Radiation therapy for Ewing tumors
- High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant for Ewing tumors
- Clinical trials for Ewing tumors
- Complementary and alternative therapies for Ewing tumors
- Treatment of Ewing tumors by stage
- Social, emotional, and other issues in treating Ewing tumors
- More treatment information for Ewing tumors
Social, emotional, and other issues in treating Ewing tumors
Most cases of the Ewing family of tumors develop during the teenage years, a very sensitive time in a young person's life. A diagnosis of a Ewing tumor and its treatment can have a profound effect on a person's outward appearance and how they view themselves and their body. It can also affect how they do some everyday tasks. This can have an impact on their ability to continue certain school, work, or recreational activities. The effect will probably be greatest during the first year of treatment. The treating center should evaluate the family situation as soon as possible, so that any areas of concern can be addressed.
Some common family concerns include financial stresses, transportation to the cancer center, the possible loss of a job, and the need for home schooling. Many experts recommend that school-aged patients attend school as much as possible. This helps them maintain important social connections and gives them a chance to keep their friends informed about what is happening.
Friends can be a great source of support, but patients should know that some people have misunderstandings and fears about cancer. Some cancer centers have a school re-entry program that can help in these situations. In this program, health educators visit the school and inform students about the diagnosis, treatment, and changes that the cancer patient may go through. They also answer any questions from teachers and classmates.
Centers that treat many patients with Ewing tumors may have programs to introduce new patients to children or teens who have finished their treatment. This can give patients an idea of what to expect during and after treatment, which is very important. Seeing another patient with a Ewing tumor doing well can also be a source of inspiration for a patient. There are also support groups that encourage athletics and full use of the child's limbs. Many amputees or people with prostheses are able to take part in athletics and often do.
Although the psychological impact of this disease in children and teenagers is most obvious, the challenges faced by adults with this disease must not be ignored. Adult patients should also be encouraged to take advantage of the cancer centers' physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling services.
Last Medical Review: 04/24/2012
Last Revised: 01/18/2013