An excellent and comprehensive reference guide for parents of children with cancer, written by a research librarian. Bracken...

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CHILDREN WITH CANCER: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Parents

An excellent and comprehensive reference guide for parents of children with cancer, written by a research librarian. Bracken compiled the information for this book after her infant daughter was diagnosed as having cancer (the child survived). The fruits of her labor is this in-depth, fact-filled book. In section one, she discusses different types of cancer that generally afflict children, their symptoms, treatments, risks and side effects. Part two covers treatments in further detail: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and new methods such as bone-marrow treatment and immunotherapy. She also writes here of dealing with pain, infection, and rehabilitation during treatment. The third section describes ways of coping. Bracken covers the emotional aspects, stages of acceptance, handling medical problems, dealing with the financial burden, choosing clinics or hospitals, patients' (and parents') rights, the patient at school, communicating with the patient (""Be honest""), and death. Bracken includes much helpful data, such as a list of organizations (international, national and regional), an appendix with explanations of medical tests, and a glossary. An indispensable guide for parents of children who are struck with cancer.

Pub Date: May 8, 1986

ISBN: 0195147391

Page Count: -

Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 1986