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Childhood Leukemia

A Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers, 5th ed.

By Nancy Keene

This comprehensive guide covers acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). It contains essential information that families and friends need after diagnosis, including how to:

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

After diagnosis, families have a huge need for accurate information and a steep learning curve. To help them cope, our book contains easy-to-understand text that has been reviewed by distinguished experts in childhood cancer. Woven throughout the text are true stories—practical, poignant, moving, funny—from more than 170 children with leukemia, their siblings, and their parents.

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“A must-have resource for families of childhood leukemia patients and all library ­collections.”Library Journal *starred review*

“This book is an extraordinary resource … the reader will find clear, concise, and understandable information … And even more powerfully, the reader will ‘hear’ the voices of parents who share their experiences.”– Kathy Ruccione, MPH, PhD President, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses

“Childhood Leukemia is informative, realistic, and accurate. The author handles the topic with transparency, compassion, and a genuine desire to get factual and helpful information into the hands of those going through this disease with their child.”National Network, newsletter of the Hospital Libraries section of the Medical Library Association

“Childhood Leukemia leaves no stone unturned when helping readers understand what to expect. Using an empathetic approach, it is written in clear, comprehensive language. I recommend that this book become a part of any library’s consumer or health care collection.”– Newsletter of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources (NAHRS) section of the Medical Library Association

“This book offers rock-solid guidance to parents faced with the life-altering news that their child has leukemia. Keene offers guidance and comfort on their difficult journey. This work is highly recommended as a valuable addition to any library.”Consumer Connection, newsletter of the Consumer & Patient Health Information section (CAPHIS) of the Medial Library Association

Praise for Previous Editions

“Keene has written a comprehensive handbook to serve as a road map for others, from diagnosis through treatment.”Library Journal, starred review and chosen for “Nursing Your Children’s Health Collection

“This most complete parent guide available covers not only detailed and precise medical information about leukemia and the various treatment options from chemotherapy to bone marrow transplantation, but also day-to-day practical advice.”– F. Leonard Johnson, M.D. Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Oregon Health Sciences University

“This wonderful book is an informative addition to the House library, and one we will recommend wholeheartedly. By providing this resource to the children and families staying here, you enable them to find a bit of hope and peace of mind in a time of great difficulty and confusion.”– Peggy Enright, House Director, Boston Ronald McDonald House

“Of all the many kinds of help we had (and we had lots) Childhood Leukemia was the single best gift we received. It was the gift of knowledge, so we could ask intelligent questions about our daughter’s care. It was the gift of security, allowing us to foresee much of what was coming, and giving us the tools we needed to cope. And it was the gift of hope, for we could see that many children do, indeed, get through this trying time, and come through the grueling treatment intact.”– Kim Warren, parent of a child with leukemia (one of dozens of thank-you letters sent to the author)

“I am the great grandmother to a little four-year-old girl who…has the type of leukemia known as ALL … I am 90 years old and was a bookseller for 25 years … Your book is so complete and so helpful in every way, that I couldn’t resist sending you my compliments for writing it. Bless you.”– Alice H. Sobey (one of dozens of thank-you letters sent to the author)

“Finally, a book that truly addresses what is needed, practically and emotionally, to work the system for the benefit of the family. No preaching! No proselytizing! No slant towards a personal experience! No nagging feeling that the book has been written by doctors!”– Grace Ann Monaco, J.D., Founder of The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

“Childhood Leukemia is the very best book on the subject that I have read, and I’ve read everything I could put my hands on. It is absolutely correct in the subject matter it covers and the approach. I wish someone had put a copy in my hands the day after the diagnosis. It literally will be a life-saving book.”– Rebecca Laird, parent (one of dozens of thank-you letters sent to the author)