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Childhood Cancer

A Parent’s Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers, 3rd ed.

By Anne Spurgeon & Nancy Keene

This comprehensive guide covers neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, Wilms tumor (and other kidney tumors), hepatoblastoma (and other liver tumors), osteosarcoma (and other bone sarcomas), rhabdomyosarcoma (and other soft tissue sarcomas). It contains essential information that families and friends need during this difficult time, including how to:

  • Understand the diagnosis
  • Get excellent treatment
  • Cope with side effects
  • Find emotional support
  • Identify helpful resources

Woven throughout the text are true stories—practical, poignant, moving, funny—from more than 150 children with solid tumors, their siblings, and their parents. The text was reviewed by renowned experts in pediatric oncology, and the foreword was written by Garrett Brodeur, MD, Co-director of the Division of Oncology, Director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research, and Director of the Hereditary Cancer Predisposition Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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“In this latest edition of the esteemed childhood cancer guide, parents of sick children will find the best information available … VERDICT Comprehensive, encouraging, and pragmatic, this essential title belongs in all libraries.”– Library Journal, *starred* review 9-1-16

“Childhood Cancer is an invaluable resource for any family going through treatment and beyond. It is easy to understand, very thorough, and full of true stories from those who have gone down that scary road. This book is a gem!!”– Denise Maxson, American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest

“Never have I read a more beautifully written book about cancer. Simply amazing! I have been blessed by reading this priceless book; I cried, I laughed, I was encouraged, and I was further educated.”– Joy McLeod, MS, RN, CPNP, CHIS, The Emily Center Family Health Library at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

“This book should be not only in consumer health collections, it belongs in the hands of all those who care for children diagnosed with cancer. Childhood Cancer provides not just information, it offers wisdom. Highly recommended.”– Kate Cheromcha, Medical Library Association, Cancer Section

“Nancy Keene’s passion to EDUCATE people who are new to childhood cancers is AWESOME!!!”– Jonny Imerman, survivor and founder of Imerman Angels

“This remarkable, outstanding, and comprehensive guide offers rock-solid guidance to parents. A valuable and highly recommended addition to any library.”– Claire B. Joseph, MS, MA, AHIP, Medical Library Association Newsletter

“Childhood Cancer is highly recommended for libraries in children’s hospitals and institutions treating children with cancer.”– Deborah Magnan, PT, MLIS, AHIP, Medical Library Association Hospital Library Section Newsletter

“This is one of the most well-crafted, honest and sensitive resources I’ve encountered…I do not believe it is too far of a stretch to say this amazing resource for parents could have meaningful impact on the outcome of a child’s cancer care.”– Ted Varkas, MSW, LMSW, Association of Oncology Social Work Newsletter (AOSW Navigator June 2017)

Praise for Previous Editions

“This practical guide will empower parents to understand the disease better and participate more actively in the treatment process. Recommended for all consumer health collections.”– Library Journal

“In my 15 years of experience as a pediatric oncology nurse, I have never come across a book as informative, easy-to-read, honest, and encouraging as Childhood Cancer. Childhood Cancer will truly empower those who read it to be better advocates for their children. I am recommending this book to all the pediatric oncology nurses, social workers, and family support personnel I know.” – Pediatrics Special Interest Group Newsletter, Oncology Nursing Society

“Childhood Cancer offers invaluable information and hope to families whose journey has just begun. A must read for parents of children with solid tumors.”– Ruth Hoffman, Executive Director, American Childhood Cancer Organization (formerly Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation)

“Having a child diagnosed with cancer is an emotional time that often leaves a family feeling helpless and without control. Written by parents who have walked in the shadow of childhood cancer, this book provides detailed information, open-armed support, and the arsenal of tools needed to fight the battle that lies ahead.” – Clarke Anderson, M.D., Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

“Childhood Cancer is an exceptional resource for parents who are forced to navigate the complex world of childhood cancer. It is invaluable for all family members.”– Eleanor Pask RN, MScN, EdD, Executive Director, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation ~ Canada

“We are eternally grateful for the invaluable information and advice found in this book! For us, a source of personal knowledge of osteosarcoma is very limited to the general public. … This project is truly a gift of guidance, hope, and comfort. Not only would I recommend it for any one in need, but it definitely should hold a proud place on the book shelf of every pediatric facility.”– Cheryl, Michael, and Shoshana Tobias (one of dozens of thank-you letters received by the authors)

“I am a physician and the parent of a child with cancer. The toll that pediatric cancer takes on families is unquantified, but includes physical and psychiatric illness in the child and in family members, divorce, and tremendous financial stress. Having a resource for coping with all the hardships is the first step toward putting the world back together, and Nancy Keene’s books are the best solution I have found.”– Catherine L. Woodman, MD, and parent of a childhood cancer survivor, University of Iowa, Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine