What could a stuffed sock toy named Cellie have to do with pediatric cancer patients? A lot, for many of the pediatric cancer patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Cellie is part of a larger coping kit developed to help kids deal with the stress related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Cellie Cancer Coping Kit includes the stuff toy, Cellie, as well as cancer coping cards and a book for caregivers. The cards, found inside Cellie's zippered mouth, provide tips for coping with many cancer related stresses, such as medical procedures or fears and worries. The caregiver book not only provides tips on how parents can help their child cope, but also gives tips regarding siblings and interacting with the medical team. In a recent published study, children and parents found Cellie easy to use, helpful, and engaging.
Does your hospital or clinic use a toy similar to Cellie to help patients and their families cope with cancer?