Playing Performance Among Children With Cancer in Indonesia Undergoing Chemotherapy

Ita Pursitasari, A. Allenidekania, Nur Agustini

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Introduction: Cancer causes problems in children both physically and psychologically. Therefore, it is necessary to assess the quality of life by looking at the playing ability of children with cancer that are receiving chemotherapy. Methods: This is a descriptive study design that was carried out by observing the playing abilities of children with cancer before, during, and after chemotherapy was carried out between the ages of 1 to 16 years. The Lansky play performance is an instrument used in assessing the quality of life of children based on their daily play activities. Results: The total number of samples used in this study were 100 patients, however, 2 dropped out because they died during the treatment process, most of them were between the ages of 7 to 12 years (31.6%). In addition, there were 69.4% more males than females. Almost all the patients received chemotherapy, while most of them that came to the hospital were able to carry out normal activities and no special treatment was needed (60.2%). while 9.2% that were able to move preferred to play relaxed games. In addition, there were differences in the abilities of children suffering from cancer before, during, and after chemotherapy. Conclusion: There were differences in the level of the children’s playing activities before, during, and after chemotherapy. Supports from families, peers, and the environment are needed by children with cancer during chemotherapy. In addition, the performance level is very helpful in determining the kind of treatment to give.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-125
Number of pages5
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Ability to play
  • Chemotherapy
  • Children with cancer


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