Kids and Cancer: Ethical Issues in Treating the Pediatric Oncology Patient

  • Sarah E. Friebert
  • Eric D. Kodish
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 140)


SC was 14 years old when she was diagnosed with a Ewing’s sarcoma of the left distal femur, metastatic to both lungs. She had been in her usual state of good health until three months prior to admission, when she developed intermittent leg pain near her knee. Initially the pain did not interrupt her normal activities, but over the ensuing two months, the pain worsened and began to awaken her at night. She also noticed the onset of pain on inspiration, without dyspnea or hemoptysis. SC denied any constitutional symptoms such as fever or weight loss. Two weeks prior to admission, an MRI demonstrated a left leg mass. Open biopsy confirmed Ewing’s sarcoma, and a CT scan of the chest revealed multiple bilateral pulmonary lesions.


Palliative Care Ethical Issue Pediatric Oncology Health Care Team Research Participation 
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