Childhood Leukemia: A Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers

Childhood Leukemia: A Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers

by Nancy Keene
Childhood Leukemia: A Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers

Childhood Leukemia: A Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers

by Nancy Keene

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Approximately 4,500 children and teens are diagnosed with leukemia in the United States and Canada each year. The illness and its treatment can have a devastating effect on family, friends, classmates, and the larger community. This newly updated edition of Childhood Leukemia contains the information and support parents need during this difficult time, including:
  • New treatments such as immunotherapy, tailoring drugs dosages to children's genetic profiles, and ways to deal with side effects.
  • Advice on how to cope with procedures, hospitalization, school, family, and financial issues.
  • Tips for forming a partnership with the medical team.
  • Poignant and practical stories from family members.
  • Updated resources for medical information, emotional support, and financial assistance.
Parents who read this book will find understandable medical information and emotional support.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941089040
Publisher: Childhood Cancer Guides
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Fifth Edition, Fifth edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Nancy Keene is the mother of a long-term survivor of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A well-known writer and advocate for children with cancer, she has written and co-authored many books on topics ranging from childhood cancers to working with your doctor. Her work has appeared in publications such as Reader’s Digest, Journal of the American Medical Association, Exceptional Parent, and Coping Magazine. Nancy has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), frequently speaks to professional and parent groups, and has participated in online support groups for parents of children with cancer.

Table of Contents


  1. Diagnosis 
  2. Overview of Childhood Leukemia 
  3. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia 
  4. Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  5. Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia 
  6. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  7. Telling Your Child and Others 
  8. Choosing a Treatment 
  9. Coping with Procedures 
  10. Forming a Partnership with the Medical Team 
  11. Hospitalization 
  12. Venous Catheters
  13. Chemotherapy and Other Medications 
  14. Common Side Effects of Treatment
  15. Radiation Therapy 
  16. Stem Cell Transplantation
  17. Siblings 
  18. Family and Friends 
  19. Communication and Behavior
  20. School 
  21. Sources of Support 
  22. Nutrition
  23. Insurance, Record-keeping, and Financial Assistance 
  24. End of Treatment and Beyond
  25. Relapse 
  26. Death and Bereavement

Appendix A: Blood Tests and What They Mean Appendix B: Resource Organizations Appendix C: Books, Websites, and Support Groups Index

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