News and Features Promoting Resilience in Stem Cell Transplant Patients

In collaboration with colleagues across the country, Kristin Stegenga, RN, PhD, is studying the symptoms that adolescents and young adults experience while undergoing stem cell transplant (SCT).

SCT has proven to be a curative treatment for cancer and a number of other blood and immune disorders. Although great strides have been made in the management of complications associated with SCT, patients often struggle with significant side effects of the treatment. This study, funded by the Children’s Oncology Group, will build our knowledge base about the unique experience of adolescents and young adults undergoing SCT and help us identify ways to further improve the recovery process.

This research is part of Dr. Stegenga’s ongoing efforts to better understand the impact that the diagnosis of cancer or blood disorders have on the quality of life of adolescents and young adults, and to find ways to mitigate the negative psychosocial effects of these diagnoses. The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) recently recognized Dr. Stegenga’s contributions and honored her with the Dr. Patricia Greene Leadership Award.

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