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Dodd, Marylin J., RN, PhD. Managing the Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Their Families. UCSF Nursing, 1996. This book contains thorough explanations of possible side effects of chemotherapy and radiation and suggestions for managing them.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs. To obtain a free copy, call (800) 762-4636. Directory lists companies that provide prescription drugs either free or at minimal cost to eligible patients.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Understanding Chemotherapy. To obtain a free copy, call (800) 955-4572. Thirty-six-page guide includes general information on side effects of chemotherapy and detailed information on drugs used to treat leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

National Institutes of Health. Chemotherapy & You: A Guide to Self-Help During Treatment. To obtain a free copy, call (800) 422-6237. Fifty-six-page booklet includes answers to commonly asked questions about chemotherapy, its side effects, emotions while on chemotherapy, and nutrition.

Physicians' Desk Reference. Oradell, New Jersey: Medical Economics Data, 2002. Reference, issued yearly, lists authoritative information on all FDA-approved drugs. Technical language. Available at the reference desk in most libraries.

Pizzo, Philip A., MD, and David G. Poplack, MD, eds. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology. Philadelphia: Lippencott-Raven, 2002. Chapter 10, "General Principles of Chemotherapy." Chapter 43, "Symptom Management in Supportive Care." Extremely technical.

USP DI, Volume II, Advice for the Patient: Drug Information in Lay Language. United States Phar-macopeial Convention, Inc., 2002. Contains detailed drug information in non-medical language. Available in most libraries.

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