Caregivers need help and emotional support.
A caregiver responds in his or her own way to the cancer patient's diagnosis and prognosis. The caregiver may feel emotions that are as strong as or stronger than those felt by the patient. The caregiver's need for information, help, and support is different from what is needed by the patient.
The life of a family caregiver changes in many ways when cancer is diagnosed. These changes affect most parts of life and continue after treatment ends.
Treatment Options for Newly Diagnosed Childhood Craniopharyngioma
Added Clark et al. as reference 8.
Revised text to state that the surgical procedure is followed by radiation therapy, with a 5-year progression-free survival rate of about 70% to 90% and 10-year overall survival rates higher than 90% (cited Merchant et al. as reference 12 and level of evidence 3iDiii). Also added text to state that transient cyst enlargement may be noted soon after radiation therapy but generally resolves without further intervention (cited Shi et al. as reference 14 and level of evidence 3iDiv).
Added Kickingereder et al. as reference 24 and level of evidence 2A.
Treatment Options for Recurrent Childhood Craniopharyngioma
Added text to state that although systemic therapy is generally not utilized, a small series has shown that the use of subcutaneous pegylated interferon alpha-2b to manage cystic recurrences can result in durable response (cited Yeung et al. as reference 7 and level of evidence 3iiiDiii).
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