Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

by R. Grant Steen, Joseph Mirro
     
 

Approximately 20,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year. Until now, the families who receive this devastating news have had no one volume to turn to for up-to-date information, clear answers, and authoritative resource recommendations. To meet this need, clinicians and scientists at the world-famous St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have

Overview

Approximately 20,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year. Until now, the families who receive this devastating news have had no one volume to turn to for up-to-date information, clear answers, and authoritative resource recommendations. To meet this need, clinicians and scientists at the world-famous St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have compiled the most comprehensive and compassionate family reference available. From practical matters, such as what tests to expect during diagnosis, treatment options for each kind of cancer, and the value and availability of clinical trials, to the emotional needs of children battling cancer and coping with life afterward, this invaluable guide will offer immeasurable comfort to parents and patients facing the family crisis of childhood cancer.Founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, has treated more than 15,000 children from across the United States and more than sixty foreign countries. It is the first institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research into catastrophic childhood diseases, and is the largest childhood cancer research center in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Doctors and other professionals at St. Jude's Hospital have written this book to help parents and friends cope with the crisis of childhood cancer. The well-written and understandable chapters discuss what cancer is, how to treat it, and how a patient receives care. The authors also discuss another vital issue for children and their families—recovery. Specific cancers are described and resources for further information are provided. 2000, Perseus Books, $30.00. Ages Adult. Reviewer: S. Palmer SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Library Journal
Making informed medical decisions for a child with cancer is difficult, but this text--a cutting-edge textbook on pediatric cancer written expressly for lay readers by St. Jude's clinicians and scientists--provides compassionate advice and information that should help ease the process. (Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is today recognized as a leader in children's diseases and, specifically, in children's cancer.) This one-volume resource is outstanding in every way--organization, content, authority, scope, and special features. Organized around seven broad sections for the comprehensive coverage of key issues (basics, diagnosis, treatment, patient care, cancer types, and recovery), the 56 chapters are each authored by a specialist in the field. The writing is intelligent and clear but never patronizing. Information on hard-to-find topics such as the late effects of cancer treatments (e.g., adverse effects that may show up years later) and an excellent introduction to the genetics of cancer is included. A first-rate list of information resources as well as a chapter on how to find reliable web-based information (authored by a medical librarian) are added bonuses. An exceptional contribution to cancer patient information, this is essential for all consumer health collections.--Gail Hendler, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738202778
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/01/1900
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.81(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Dr. R. Grant Steen is currently studying brain cancer at the St. Judge Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an expert in tumor physiology and tumor cell biology, and his research interest is the metabolic imaging of cancer. He employs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to estimate tumor perfusion, in an effort to predict tumor drug delivery. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, and he was furthur trained in research at the California Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He taught at the University of Washington, where he was an Assistant Professor of Radiology and of Bioengineering, and he has written more than 25 papers which appeared in scientific journals.

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