Bearison, David J. 'They Never Want to Tell You': Children Talk About Cancer. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1991. Several children and teenagers living with cancer candidly discuss their feelings. Written by a developmental psychologist. Bombeck, Erma. I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1989. Funny, touching book about children surviving cancer. This book is out of print, but may be in your local library. Connolly, Harry. Fighting Chance: Journeys Through Childhood Cancer. Woodholm House, 1998. Contains more than 200 pictures of patients, families, and caregivers battling childhood cancer.
Cousins, Norman. Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit. New York: E.P Dutton, 1990. After 25 years as editor of Saturday Review, Cousins spent a decade on the medical staff of UCLA researching the biological basis for hope. He presents the mounting volume of evidence that positive attitudes help combat disease. Also contains excellent information on enhancing the doctor/patient relationship. Johnson, Joy, and S. M. Johnson. Why Mine? A Book for Parents Whose Child Is Seriously Ill. Omaha, Nebraska: Centering Corporation, 1981. To order, call (402) 553-1200. Quotes from parents across the country make this a valuable book for families of seriously ill children. Addresses fears, feelings, marriages, siblings, and the ill child. Krumme, Cynthia. Having Leukemia Isn't So Bad. Of Course It Wouldn't Be My First Choice. Winchester, Massachusetts: Sargasso Enterprises, 1993. Personal story of Catherine Krumme, diagnosed with leukemia at age 4, relapsed at age 7, finished treatment at age 10. Catherine is now working on a masters degree in special education. Kushner, Harold. When Bad Things Happen to Good People, revised ed. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1997.
A rabbi wrote this comforting book on how people of faith deal with catastrophic events. Lazlo, John, MD. The Cure of Childhood Leukemia: Into the Age of Miracles. Rutgers University Press, 1996. Fascinating book that describes researchers and scientific developments that resulted in the high rate of cures for childhood leukemia.
Lerner, Michael. Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Medicine. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1996. A comprehensive overview of both conventional and complementary approaches to cancer treatment, including nutritional therapies, physical therapies, psychological and spiritual approaches, traditional medicines from around the world, and methods for living with cancer. Compassionate and objective. Also available online at http://www.commonweal.org/choicescontents.html. National Institutes of Health. Young People with Cancer: A Handbook for Parents. 67-page booklet. To obtain a free copy, call (800) 422-6237 (800-4-CANCER). This booklet describes the different types of childhood cancer, medical procedures, dealing with the diagnosis, family issues, and sources of information.
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