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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Theresa M. Bacon, MSN (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This overview of pediatric cancers and treatments discusses coping and support for these patients and their families. This is an update of a 1986 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide families and children living with pediatric cancer information about common disease processes and treatments as well as resources for coping with the diagnosis. The author has done an excellent job of meeting these objectives.
Audience: Although targeted at families experiencing a diagnosis of pediatric cancer, this book also may be useful for healthcare providers wishing to create a very basic framework for understanding pediatric cancer and the associated issues regarding care. The author is a parent of a child diagnosed with cancer and a research librarian.
Features: In addition to addressing common pediatric cancers and treatments, the book discusses coping and suggests resources for both survivorship and death. A comprehensive table organizes common chemotherapy agents, their side effects and the common disease processes for which they are used. A few black-and-white illustrations are useful for clarifying anatomical locations of cancers. Resources in the appendixes are organized by geographic location.
Assessment: This is a well-written resource for families and children experiencing pediatric cancer. The compilation of resources in the book is priceless. This update is justified by the many advances in pediatric cancer care since the original publication.