Psychological late effects of leukemia in children and their prevention

D. Schuler, Alaine Polcz, T. Révész, Rozália Koó, Márta Bakos, Nóra Gál

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The psychological and intellectual sequelae of childhood leukemia and its treatment were examined in 48 children with acute leukemia in long remission. Verbal and performance IQ values were determined in addition to full scale IQ. Performance was worse than the verbal IQ in children who were less than six years old at the time of diagnosis. Cranial irradiation even in repeated doses of 2,400 rads had no effect on these children's intellects. Most of the patients, however, showed severe emotional problems when constructing their “world” from given objects. The frequency and severity of these emotional problems could be much alleviated by regular psychological care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalMedical and pediatric oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1981



  • childhood leukemia
  • emotional problems
  • intelligence
  • psychological care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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