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October 22, 1982

Young People With Cancer: A Handbook for Parents

Author Affiliations

Cook County Hospital Chicago


by Office of Cancer Communications, National Cancer Institute, and National Candlelighters Foundation (NIH Publication No. 82-2378), 93 pp, with illus, paper, gratis, Bethesda, Md, National Cancer Institute, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2057. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160095047

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An absolutely great handbook for every parent of a child with malignancy, and you can't beat the price! It was written in conjunction with the Candlelighters Foundation and keeps the parents' needs clearly in focus. The text briefly describes common malignancies, medical procedures, and chemotherapy and radiotherapy. There is an excellent chart with the side effects of the various chemotherapeutic agents.

Included also is practical advice on when to call the doctor, dietary tips, strategies for coping with clinic delays, and handling side effects. Practical advice for the parent in dealing with neighbors, friends, and siblings is extremely well done. The book concludes with a synopsis of other publications of interest to the parents as well as social resources.

This handbook provides a handy reference for families struggling through the diagnosis, workup, and therapy of a child with a malignancy. It definitely augments our counseling and reinforces that the frustrations