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The Meaning of Adolescents' Eating Experiences during Bone Marrow Transplant Recovery.

Baylor College of Medicine
Cheryl Rodgers, PhD, RN
Grant Type: 
Nurse Researcher Grants
Year Awarded: 
Type of Childhood Cancer: 
General Pediatric Cancer
Project Description: 

Update - 6/2014:

Results from this project were published in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing:

Rodgers C., Young A., Hockenberry M., Binder B., and Symes L. (2010). The meaning of adolescents’ eating experiences during bone marrow transplant recovery. 
Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 27(2), 65-72. 

Findings from this research led to the development of a mobile phone application which contained descriptions of symptom experiences and symptom management strategies for adolescents recovering from BMT. Dr. Rodgers obtained a grant through the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center Pilot Project Grant to test the feasibility of the mobile phone intervention and findings from that study have been published in cancer nursing journals and presented at national nursing conferences.  

Project Goal:

Bone marrow transplant (BMT) is a common treatment option for adolescents with various malignant and nonmalignant diseases; however, these adolescents can experience significant side effects as a result of the aggressive treatment.  The high dose chemotherapy and radiation therapy that is required before BMT can cause multiple, frequent, and severe gastrointestinal (GI) side effects that often lead to poor oral intake and symptom distress. There is little recognition of necessary management of ongoing GI symptoms and eating difficulties throughout the BMT recovery phase. This research study will allow adolescents an opportunity to share their experiences, describe their feelings, and tell their stories in their own terms regarding their eating experiences, eating strategies, and related quality of life issues during the first 100 days post BMT. The first 100 days after a BMT, considered the acute recovery phase, is a critical time period when multiple side effects and complications can occur. The aims of the study are to address the following three research questions:

  1. What meaning do adolescents ascribe to their eating experiences during the first 100 days post BMT?

  2. What strategies do adolescents use to facilitate their eating experiences?

  3. What impact do eating experiences have on adolescents' quality of life during the first 100 days post BMT?

Conference Poster - The Meaning of Adolescents’ Eating Experiences during Bone Marrow Transplant Recovery