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Books for Families who are Dealing with Cancer

Dear God, it's Cancer         (William Fintel)

Combining the hands-on experience of a medical doctor with the wisdom and compassion of a theologian, this book examines the medical, emotional, and financial needs of patients, as well as their deeper spiritual concerns. Reading level: all ages.


Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent's Illness    (Sue HeineyJoan HermannKatherine Bruss

Outlining valuable steps necessary to help children understand what happens when a parent has been diagnosed with cancer, this guide provides “hands-on-tools” to help those affected by cancer—as well as their loved ones—face many of the dilemmas that come with the disease. Even when a parent is sick, families can learn how to strengthen ties, provide comfort, and show loving concern for each other.


Pediatric Cancer Sourcebook          (Edward J. Prucha)

Basic consumer health information about leukemia, brain tumors, sarcomas, etc. Cancer in infants, children, and adolescents can be especially devastating to families. This book contains valuable information on alternative therapies, how to find specialized cancer centers and organizations. It has resource information for affected families and other concerned friends and caregivers.


Living with Childhood Cancer          (Leigh A. Woznick)

An excellent roadmap for families facing the shattering experience of having a child with cancer. Reading level: all ages.


Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors          (Tania Shiminski-Maher)

A guide for families, friends and caregivers. For parents, there are few childhood diagnoses more frightening than a brain tumor. This is exactly the book to have in that situation. 


Childhood Leukemia          (Nancy Keene)

A guide for families, friends and caregivers. This most complete parent guide covers not only detailed and precise medical information about leukemia and the various treatment options, but also day-to-day practical advice on how to cope with procedures, hospitalization, family and friends, school, social and financial issues, communication, feelings, and, if therapy is not successful, the difficult issues of death and bereavement.


Surviving Childhood Cancer          (Margot Joan Former)

A guide for families. This book discusses topics for the families of children on coping with cancer, such as communicating with family, friends, and the child's school, family stresses, and the financial impact as well as clinical aspects. Reading level: all ages. 


My Mother's Breast          (Laurie Tarkan)

Daughters face their mother's cancer. When a woman finds out her mother has breast cancer, her world becomes a tornado, whirling with fears of her mother's disfigurement, pain, and death. Award-winning journalist Laurie Tarkan interviewed many women whose mothers had breast cancer. 


When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children     (Wendy Harpham)

A book for families written from the heart of experience. A mother, physician, and cancer survivor, Dr Wendy Harpham offers clear, direct, and sympathetic advice for parents challenged with the task of raising normal, healthy children while they struggle with a potentially life–threatening disease.


Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick      ( Paula RauchAnna Muriel)

Based on a Massachusetts General Hospital program, Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick covers how you can address children's concerns when a parent is seriously ill, how to determine how children with different temperaments are really feeling and how to draw them out, ways to ensure the child's financial and emotional security and reassure the child that he or she will be taken care of.


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