Emotional support

Babcock, Elise NeeDell. When Life Becomes Precious: A Guide for Loved Ones and Friends of Cancer Patients. New York: Bantam Books, 1997. Written by a counselor with over two decades of experience helping cancer patients, this book is full of practical advice for caregivers of cancer patients. It explains with great warmth how to be supportive, handle special occasions, explain cancer to children, and take care of yourself.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Emotional Aspects of Childhood Leukemia. To obtain a free copy, call (800) 955-4572. Thirty-four-page booklet covers feelings of parents, ill child, and siblings from diagnosis through end of treatment or death. Includes many parent experiences.

Sourkes, Barbara M., PhD. Armfuls of Time: The Psychological Experience of the Child with a Life-Threatening Illness. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995. Written by a psychologist, this eloquent book features the voices and artwork of children with cancer. It clearly describes the psychological effects of cancer on children as well as explains the power of the therapeutic process. Highly recommended.

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