BACKGROUND & AIMS: Pain is very prominent during childhood cancer treatment as children with cancer undergo numerous invasive medical procedures. These procedures are necessary in the treatment, but they often provoke significant pain and distress for the child. In line with this, it seems interesting to investigate whether children with cancer show decreased widespread pain thresholds compared to healthy children. Indeed, widespread hyperalgesia is characteristic of central nervous system hypersensitivity. Besides, children with cancer often have decreased physical activity (PA) levels and altered body composition compared to healthy peers. Given the bidirectional associations between pain and PA demonstrated in adolescents and the associations between pain and body composition in adults, it seems interesting to look at such associations in children with cancer, as well in order to increase our understanding about pain in childhood cancer and its relationship with lifestyle factors. METHODS: Participants consist of 30 cancer patients and 30 healthy controls (8-12yo). Pressure pain thresholds (measured with a digital pressure algometer), body composition (determined by TANITA MC-780SMA) and energy-balance related behavior (based on a selection of questions of the ENERGY Cross-Sectional Survey), will be compared between childhood cancer patients and healthy peers. HYPOTHESES & IMPLICATIONS: We hypothesize that children with cancer have decreased pressure pain thresholds and are less physically active compared to healthy peers. Furthermore, we hypothesize that certain body composition parameters, such as lower muscle index, are associated with more pain in children with cancer. Findings of this study might have important implications for physical rehabilitation goals in childhood cancer patients.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 5 Mar 2020
EventBelgian Pain Society 1st Young Researchers Day - UCLouvain, Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 5 Mar 2020 → …


ConferenceBelgian Pain Society 1st Young Researchers Day
Abbreviated titleBPS-YRD
Period5/03/20 → …
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