McKay, Judith and Nancee Hirano. The Chemotherapy and Radiation Survival Guide. Oakland, California: New Harbinger, 1998. Basic, understandable guide to chemotherapy and radiation and their side effects.

National Cancer Institute. Radiation Therapy and You: A Guide to Self-Help During Treatment. To order a free copy, call (800) 422-6237. Fifty-two-page booklet clearly defines radiation, explains what to expect, describes possible side effects, and discusses follow-up care.

O'Connell, Avice, MD, and Norma Leone. Your Child and X-Rays: A Parents' Guide to Radiation, X-Rays, and Other Imaging Procedures. Rochester, New York: Lion Press, 1988. Eighty-nine-page book explains x-ray treatments in easy-to-understand language.

Pizzo, Philip A., MD, and David G. Poplack, MD, eds. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology. Philadelphia: Lippencott-Raven, 2002. Chapter 13, "General Principles of Radiation Oncology." Extremely technical.

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