Children With Cancer: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Parents [NOOK Book]

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Children can and do survive cancer; the last decade has seen many major advancements in treatment. Written honestly, yet in a reassuring tone, by a reference librarian whose child has survived cancer, Children with Cancer draws together a wealth of up-to-date information essential for anyone who wishes to help a child or family through this ordeal--including relatives, friends, teachers, and clergymen, as well as doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. The information ranges from sophisticated, ...
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Overview

Children can and do survive cancer; the last decade has seen many major advancements in treatment. Written honestly, yet in a reassuring tone, by a reference librarian whose child has survived cancer, Children with Cancer draws together a wealth of up-to-date information essential for anyone who wishes to help a child or family through this ordeal--including relatives, friends, teachers, and clergymen, as well as doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. The information ranges from sophisticated, hard-to-find medical facts to practical tips on how to handle side effects, and much more. Describing in detail the whole range of childhood cancers, Bracken explores how they affect the child, the treatments available, how to cope with the changes this diagnosis will bring to the entire family, and where to go for both medical and emotional help. It also includes an appendix of common medical tests, a glossary of terms, and comprehensive lists of organizations, clinics, and cancer centers, complete with names and addresses.
Reviews of the previous edition:
"A remarkable job....The technical information is clearly stated, up to date and accurate.....But most of all, this is a human book."--Los Angeles Times
"Comprehensive, well written, accurate, and compassionate.... Bracken's book can serve as a primary reference for parents and can be used as well by health care professionals and teachers." --Science Books and Films

This study draws together a wealth of up-to-date information essential for anyone who wishes to help a child or family through this ordeal.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Theresa M. Bacon, MSN, RN, CPN, CPON, CNE (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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199758654
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/8/1986
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jeanne Munn Bracken is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a major in German Language and Literature and a minor in Speech and Drama. She also graduated from Simmons College with a Master of Science in Library Science. She worked at the UNH Dimond Library, at the Boston University School of Medicine Library, at the Research Library at Arthur D. Little, Inc., and at the Acton Memorial Library. She currently is Reference Librarian at the Lincoln (MA) Public Library.

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Table of Contents

Section I: What we're up against: the diseases

1. Introduction
2. Genetics of childhood cancer
3. Leukemia
4. Lymphoma
5. Hodgkin Disease
6. Neuroblastoma
7. Wilm tumor
8. Bone cancers
9. Brain and central nervous system tumors
10. Retinoblastoma
11. Soft tissue sarcoma
12. Germ cell tumors
13. Testicular cancer
14. Rare (including HIV/AIDS related cancers)

Section II: What we can do about childhood cancer: the treatments

15. Introduction: where to seek treatment; clinical trials
16. Surgery
17. Radiation
18. Chemotherapy
19. Bone marrow and stem cell transplants
20. New and experimental therapies
21. Alternative and complementary therapies
22. Supporting the child through therapy

Section III: How to Cope

23. Emotional aspects of childhood cancer
24. Siblings, other family and friends
25. Handling medical problems at home
26. Money matters
27. The patient in the clinic and the hospital
28. Rights and responsibilities
29. The patient in school
30. The adolescent cancer patient
31. The survivors
32. Death

Section IV: Where to go for help
33. Introduction
34. Internet
35. International, National and Regional organizations
36. U. S. Clinics
37. International clinics

Appendix: Medical tests
Glossary of terms
Index

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