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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia D. Shearer, MD, MS (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This comprehensive book, edited by a pediatric oncologist and a psycho-oncologist, addresses psychosocial issues in children with cancer. The international authors have grasped many situations that impact on pediatric cancer patients, including diagnosis, educational strategies, quality of life, palliative care, and survivorship.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a cohesive review of psychosocial aspects of childhood malignancy. Its importance lies in the fact that these areas are always observed, but infrequently documented. The book is scholarly, academic, yet readable with appeal to providers, patients, and parents.
Audience: The book is appropriate reading for all members of the pediatric oncology multidisciplinary team. It is particularly interesting for oncologists, nurses, pediatric oncology fellows, parents, behavioral medicine specialists, and pastoral care representatives.
Features: The three sections of the book deal with medical aspects, psychosocial aspects, and psychosocial interventions. Detailed descriptions are offered on topics within these groups on such areas as neuropsychological aspects of medical treatment, the child's subjective experience with cancer, and complementary and alternative medicine.
Assessment: I know of no other book on the subject of psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer. This one is recommended because of its depth and evidence-based approach to a topic that benefits from an objective perspective.