A considerable number of childhood cancer patients and survivors experience disrupted sleep, with known consequences to their health and well-being. Unfortunately, there has been a history of limited funding and research to understand and intervene upon the varied sleep issues experienced by this population. Rate limiting steps for researchers have been due to the relatively few childhood cancer diagnoses (relative to adults), the varied nature of treatments for different childhood cancers, and the challenges of intervening in a population with different sleep across their natural development from birth to 18 years (and above). Children are not simply little adults and warrant the attention of additional NCI funding to study an essential component of their daily lives.
Idea No. 954