Special Issue "Total Pain Management in Children with Cancer"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Oncology and Hematology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Karen Moody
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Guest Editor
Division of Pediatrics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Interests: communication; palliative care; cancer pain; pediatrics; integrative medicine; energy balance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The management of total pain remains an ongoing challenge in pediatric oncology. Pain primarily occurs as a direct effect of cancer, or due to procedures and cancer treatments. Pain (acute and chronic) is a common problem both during and after cancer treatment. Total pain management takes into account psychosocial and spiritual factors that can exacerbate the experience of physical pain. Despite the ongoing refinement of cancer treatment algorithms, pain management strategies are not commonly evaluated in prospective randomized clinical trials and therefore management remains quite variable and best practices are largely defined by expert consensus. Furthermore, the ongoing opioid crisis and resulting opioid medication regulation adds another layer of complexity to the management of both cancer and non-cancer pain in this population.

In this Special Issue, we will be emphasizing advances in and optimal strategies for managing total pain in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer across the spectrum of active treatment, end of life, and survivorship. We welcome articles pertaining to all aspects of this topic, including non-pharmacological interventions, spiritual and psychosocial distress, as well as pharmacologic and interventional pain management. Articles reflecting points of intersection between cancer pain management and the opioid crisis are also welcome, as are reports concerning newly identified effects of drug interactions, the management of side effects, and the use of novel therapeutics. Reviews, original research articles, case studies, and manuscripts that identify significant knowledge gaps are welcome. In addition, papers that describe methodology for novel interventions are also acceptable. Outcomes related to pain, fatigue, function, safety, and quality of life are all of interest.

Dr. Karen Moody
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • cancer pain
  • child
  • adolescent/young adult
  • neuropathic pain
  • psychosocial
  • palliative care
  • late effects

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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