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Childhood Leukemia
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Childhood Leukemia
A Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers
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Approximately 4,500 children and teens are diagnosed with leukemia in the United States and Canada each year. The illness and its treatment can have a devastating effect on family, friends, classmates, and the larger community. This newly updated edition of Childhood Leukemia contains the information and support parents need during this difficult time, including:

  • New treatments such as immunotherapy, tailoring drugs dosages to children's genetic profiles, and ways to deal with side effects.
  • Advice on how to cope with procedures, hospitalization, school, family, and financial issues.
  • Tips for forming a partnership with the medical team.
  • Poignant and practical stories from family members.
  • Updated resources for medical information, emotional support, and financial assistance.
  • Parents who read this book will find understandable medical information and emotional support.

    Approximately 4,500 children and teens are diagnosed with leukemia in the United States and Canada each year. The illness and its treatment can have a devastating effect on family, friends, classmates, and the larger community. This newly updated edition of Childhood Leukemia contains the information and support parents need during this difficult time, including:

  • New treatments such as immunotherapy, tailoring drugs dosages to children's genetic profiles, and ways to deal with side effects.
  • Advice on how to cope with procedures, hospitalization, school, family, and financial issues.
  • Tips for forming a partnership with the medical team.
  • Poignant and practical stories from family members.
  • Updated resources for medical information, emotional support, and financial assistance.
  • Parents who read this book will find understandable medical information and emotional support.
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    About the Author-
    • Nancy Keene is the mother of a long-term survivor of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A well-known writer and advocate for children with cancer, she has written and co-authored many books on topics ranging from childhood cancers to working with your doctor. Her work has appeared in publications such as Reader's Digest, Journal of the American Medical Association, Exceptional Parent, and Coping Magazine. Nancy has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), frequently speaks to professional and parent groups, and has participated in online support groups for parents of children with cancer. Nancy Keene is the mother of a long-term survivor of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A well-known writer and advocate for children with cancer, she has written and co-authored many books on topics ranging from childhood cancers to working with your doctor. Her work has appeared in publications such as Reader's Digest, Journal of the American Medical Association, Exceptional Parent, and Coping Magazine. She was the first chair of the Children's Cancer Group (CCG) Patient Advocacy Committee, and then the first chair of the Patient Advocacy Committee of the Children's Oncology Group (COG)––consortiums of researchers from more than 250 children's hospitals. Nancy has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), frequently speaks to professional and parent groups, and has participated in online support groups for parents of children with cancer since 1996. In her spare time, she likes to read, hike with her dogs, and kayak in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
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    • Library Journal

      April 1, 2018

      Four thousand children and teens in the United States are diagnosed with leukemia each year. In its fifth edition, Keene's revised resource includes five brand-new chapters, 20 updated sections, and material on CAR T-cell immunotherapy (a recently approved treatment). As the mother of a long-term leukemia survivor and chair of the patient advocacy committees of the Children's Cancer Group and the Children's Oncology Group, Keene is familiar with the struggles of the families of cancer patients. She provides information on the different types of childhood leukemia and the various treatments available for each, as well as practical advice on varying topics, such as: how to tell your child, siblings, and others of a leukemia diagnosis; how to choose a course of treatment; forming a partnership with the medical team; tips for hospital stays; navigating side effects; and myriad other issues. Interspersed throughout are perspectives from parents. The vast appendix includes information on blood tests, lists of support organizations, and a host of comprehensive books and websites. VERDICT A must-have resource for families of childhood leukemia patients and all library collections.

      Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • School Library Journal

      July 1, 2018

      Four thousand children and teens in the United States are diagnosed with leukemia each year. In its fifth edition, Keene's revised resource includes five brand-new chapters, 20 updated sections, and material on CAR T-cell immunotherapy (a recently approved treatment). As the mother of a long-term leukemia survivor and chair of the patient advocacy committees of the Children's Cancer Group and the Children's Oncology Group, Keene is familiar with the struggles of the families of cancer patients. She provides information on the different types of childhood leukemia and the various treatments available for each, as well as practical advice on varying topics, such as: how to tell your child, siblings, and others of a leukemia diagnosis; how to choose a course of treatment; forming a partnership with the medical team; tips for hospital stays; navigating side effects; and myriad other issues. Interspersed throughout are perspectives from other parents. The vast appendix includes information on blood tests, lists of support organizations, and a host of comprehensive books and websites. VERDICT A must-have resource for families of childhood leukemia patients and all library collections.-Julia M. Reffner, North Chesterfield, VA

      Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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