AFRAID TO ASK: A Book about Cancer by Judylaine Fine

AFRAID TO ASK: A Book about Cancer

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A highly valuable resource on a difficult subject, this book combines solid information with a graceful ability to bring complexities within grasp. Originally published in Canada, the material has been updated and expanded here, and it includes trends in prevention, palliative care, and treatment techniques. Information about more than 20 specific types of cancer is offered in a Q-and-A format. For each, there are descriptions of the body part and its function, what the particular cancer involves, who is at high risk, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Fine's gift for simile helps answer the scientific puzzlements of how cancer cells function. Her useful comparison objects are diverse, ranging from Indian corn and photocopy machines to ""multicolored marble cake before it has been baked,"" the last image describing cancer cells under a microscope. Potentially frightening and depressing material doesn't come across that way because the author sets herself up as a student. Fine's active voice is heard throughout, but she never intrudes. Instead, she asks the same logical questions her readers would ask, trying to solve the same problems and airing the same confusions. Whether relating the anguish of bereaved teens or explaining the scientific basis for pain, she is their ally. Should certainly be on hand.

Pub Date: April 9th, 1986
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard