Pediatric oncology has many successes in the treatment of children and adolescents with cancer. Much has improved thanks to research, more children reach the adult age today thanks to therapy . Nevertheless, the treatment of children is difficult because it is a very emotional issue - for the families, the affected persons and the treating physicians and carers.
When children suffer from a critical or terminal illness, the first impulse of adults is often to not tell the children and sugarcoat the situation. Yet it is just this type of behavior that frequently causes children to emotionally withdraw. Professor Dietrich Niethammer promotes honest communication with critically ill and dying children and explains why is it so important to always tell the truth – even if it seems very difficult to do.