College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-14 09:32:12



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Winter 2020


Children with cancer frequently suffer from depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, and psychological stresses related to knowledge of potential risks, associated treatments, and the illness itself. These psychological problems can cause many additional physiological problems for these already chronically ill patients and may be detrimental to their overall health. The purpose of this systematic review is to review and critically appraise the evidence to determine if the use of Complementary and Alternative Methods (CAM), along with standardized care, affects mental health outcomes in pediatric cancer patients. Twenty-one primary source publications between 2013 and 2019 were analyzed for this systematic review. Within the pediatric oncology population, up to 84% are using some form of complementary and alternative therapies as an adjunct to standard medical treatment. Complementary and Alternative Methods have been found to decrease levels of stress, depression, and anxiety (Sanchez, Karlson, Hsu, Ostrenga, and Gordon 2015). These therapies also have been found to increase oxygenation saturation as well as decrease pain and irritation (Uglow, 2019).

Research Sponsor

Linda Shanks

First Reader

Lori Kidd

Second Reader

Pamela Bonnett

Honors Faculty Advisor

Christine Graor



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