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Parental Experiences with Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia among Childhood Cancer Patients in Indonesia
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Parental Experiences with Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia among Childhood Cancer Patients in Indonesia
Gunawan, Stefanus; Broeke, Chloe ten; Ven, Peter van de; Arnoldussen, Marijn; Kaspers, Gertjan; Mostert, Saskia;
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Background: This study assessed parental experiences with chemotherapy-induced alopecia among children with cancer treated at an Indonesian academic hospital. Materials and Methods: Fifty parents of childhood cancer patients were interviewed using semi-structured questionnaires. Results: The moment that hair fell out was the moment that parents (84%) had to admit their child had cancer. Alopecia was a traumatizing painful experience (46%). Active strategies to hide alopecia, mainly hats, were used by 66% of children, while 34% never covered their bald head. If money had not been an issue, 40% would use another strategy. Alopecia made children limit outdoor daily activities (78%) and engagement with others (60%). Significantly more children from high-educated (95%) than low-educated (60%) parents received sympathy from other people (P
Childhood cancer;alopecia;low-income country;Indonesia;
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