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Pain in childhood cancer survivors

Understanding the pain experience in childhood cancer survivors

Pain is a common experience during cancer treatment, but for some children and adolescents, the pain isn’t over when the cancer ends. This research seeks to better understand the pain experience in childhood cancer survivors.

Having cancer can affect the way children experience different sensations like pain, the sense of touch and the sense of temperature. We are looking for childhood cancer survivors (8-17 years old) and their parent for a one-visit research study. The goal of this study to learn more about how children and teens experience different sensations after cancer treatment.

Recently, we completed another study with youth (ages 8-18 years old) living in Nova Scotia who have completed treatment for cancer and were interviewed about their experiences with pain. Thank you to all those who participated!

These studies have been approved by the IWK Health Centre Research Ethics Board.


News and Media

Pain in Survivors of Childhood Cancer: CCSRC Research Rounds

May 21st, 2019

PhD trainee, Perri Tutelman, was invited to present her research as part of the Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium (CCSRC) Research Rounds in March 17, 2019. Click here to watch the webinar on YouTube

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Pain After Childhood Cancer: A New Research Frontier

May 1st, 2018

"For the 1,000 Canadian children who are diagnosed with cancer every year, pain is a common experience." Perri Tutelman and Dr. Christine Chambers' research on pain in childhood cancer survivors is featured by Childhood Cancer Canada. Click here to read...

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Paper: When “A Headache is Not Just a Headache”

July 5th, 2019

A new paper related to our research on pain in childhood cancer survivors led by PhD student, Perri Tutelman has been published in Psycho-Oncology, When “A Headache is Not Just a Headache”: A Qualitative Examination of Parent and Child Experiences...

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Research Team


Perri Tutelman

Co-Principal Investigator (Trainee)

Dalhousie University

Dr. Christine Chambers

Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Conrad Fernandez

Co-Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Gregory Guilcher

Co-Investigator

University of Calgary & Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Melanie Noel

University of Calgary & Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Fiona Schulte

Co-Investigator

University of Calgary & Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Jennifer Stinson

Co-Investigator

Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto

Dr. Robin Urquhart

Co-Investigator

Dalhousie University

Dr. Lauren Heathcote

Co-Investigator

Stanford University

Patient Partners


Sitara de Gagne

Julia MacLeod

Maya Stern

Funding and Support

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University