ERIC Number: ED403715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Young People with Cancer: A Handbook for Parents. Revised Edition.
National Cancer Inst. (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
This book informs parents and families of children and young adults with cancer about the most common types of cancer in the young, treatments and their side effects, and common issues that arise with a cancer diagnosis. Aspects of the disease, including characteristics of leukemia and solid tumors, are described. Treatment issues discussed include hospitalization, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, treatment side effects, new treatments, and unconventional methods of cancer treatment. This section also addresses other common health issues including infections, activities, diet, immunizations, other medications, mouth care, dental care, bleeding, and transfusions. The second section offers tips for clinic visits and medical procedures, provides guidelines for when to call the doctor, and describes the following common medical procedures: angiogram, biopsy, blood studies, bone marrow aspiration, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, lumbar puncture, scans or radioisotope studies, and ultrasound studies. The final section is on coping with cancer. It covers dealing with the diagnosis (parents' initial reactions, accepting the diagnosis, telling the child, age-related concerns, and telling the siblings) and continuing life for all involved. Additional sources of information, support, and assistance are briefly described. A glossary defines medical and other terms used in the handbook. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Cancer Inst. (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.