Reviewer: Michele None Pantle, RN, MS (Indiana State University)
Description: This short book provides readers with an understanding of dealing with the diagnosis of cancer in children, the fears of treatment, and the uncertainty of what lies ahead for patients and families. The book also gives healthcare providers a better understanding of patients and families who are dealing with cancer in children.
Purpose: The purpose is to give families and practitioners a better understanding of the fears and feelings of those who are facing the diagnosis of cancer in children.The book also refers to the many relationships that are formed and nourished after the time of diagnosis.
Audience: The book is written for parents and loved ones of children who have been diagnosed with cancer. The book could also be used by anyone in the healthcare arena to get a better understanding of the families' fears and the uncertainties that they will encounter throughout their years of therapy.
Features: The book covers a period of four years from the time of diagnosis to a period of remission for a two-year-old with a neuroblastoma. The book discusses fears, hospitalizations, testing, periods of remissions, and long-term relationships that are formed over an extended period of time. The book contains children's illustations, black-and-white photos, and a glossary to define medical terminology.
Assessment: This very well wriiten book could be in any library, doctor's office/clinic, or home of a family that has a loved one with cancer. The book conveys caring across all disciplines.