Childhood cancer survival rates have improved significantly over the past 50 years due to advances in treatments. But the same treatments that cure cancer in children also increase their risk of experiencing other health issues, such as chronic pain.
Dr. Nicole Alberts, Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health Intervention, aims to improve the physical and mental health of individuals across their lifespans, particularly those who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer. She and her research team are working to improve their understanding of pain during childhood cancer and survivorship. Ultimately, this knowledge will inform the development of innovative and effective digital health interventions that target both physical pain and the psychological effects of childhood cancer.