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March 25, 1998

Parents With CancerWhen a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Wendy Schlessel Harpham (includes the children's book Becky and the Worry Cup), 164 pp, $24, ISBN 0-06-018709-3, New York, HarperCollins, 1997

JAMA. 1998;279(12):961. doi:10.1001/jama.279.12.961

For some time now, I have been looking for a book that I might recommend to my patients with cancer who are raising children. I have found such a book in When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children, by Dr Wendy Schlessel Harpham. The book, according to the author, "discusses the difficulties of raising children when a parent has cancer and proposes approaches for preventing and responding to common problems in a healthy way. " At its heart is conscious parenting, which has allowed Harpham, an internist, and her husband to raise healthy children despite her several battles with cancer. Included as a package is a book for children by Dr Harpham, Becky and the Worry Cup, about a girl whose mother has cancer.

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