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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Arja Harilla-Saari


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Arja Harilla-Saari
First Name: Arja

Last Name: Harila-Saari

Position Title: Associate professor in pediatric hematology

Job Responsibilities As above: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Clinical pediatric hematology and oncology, and research

About Me/My interests: I’m working as a pediatric hematologist and oncologist and leading a research group focusing in various aspects of late effects of pediatric cancer. We have conducted register-based studies regarding scholastic achievements in survivors of childhood cancer, and we are continuing with register based studies on educational achievement, employment, income, sick leaves and military service after cancer in childhood. We are currently studying quality of life after treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the Nordic countries in children and their parents. We are also interested in the experience of informed consent process in the NOPHO ALL2008 treatment protocol patients. On of my PhD students is addressing the late effects among irradiated adult survivors of brain tumors in childhood with special emphasis on the skeletal, endocrinologic and neurological outcomes.

Training Opportunities: Not at the moment, but possibly in the future

My Contact Information:

Address: Department of Pediatrics and adolescence, Oulu University Hospital, P.O.BOX 231, 90029 Oulu, Finland
2nd Address: Childhood cancer research unit Q6:05, Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden
E-mail: or
Phone: +46 722073530 (Sweden) and +358400684524 (Finland)

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Brain tumors, Quality of life, Educational achievements, Register based studies

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Harila MJ, Niinivirta TI, Winqvist S, Harila-Saari AH. Low depressive symptom and mental distress scores in adult long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 Apr;33(3):194-8. PubMed PMID: 21325971.

Harila MJ, Salo J, Lanning M, Vilkkumaa I, Harila-Saari AH. Highhealth-related quality of life among long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Aug;55(2):331-6. PubMed PMID: 20582965.

Harila MJ, Winqvist S, Lanning M, Bloigu R, Harila-Saari AH. Progressive neurocognitive impairment in young adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009 Aug;53(2):156-61. PubMed PMID: 19405135.

Harila-Saari AH, Lähteenmäki PM, Pukkala E, Kyyrönen P, Lanning M, Sankila R. Scholastic achievements of childhood leukemia patients: a nationwide, register-based study. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Aug 10;25(23):3518-24. PubMed PMID: 17687156.

Lähteenmäki PM, Harila-Saari A, Pukkala EI, Kyyrönen P, Salmi TT, Sankila R. Scholastic achievements of children with brain tumors at the end of comprehensive education: a nationwide, register-based study. Neurology. 2007 Jul 17;69(3):296-305. PubMed PMID: 17636068.

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