Although the outlook for children with cancer has improved greatly in the past several decades, cancer in a child is still an overwhelming experience for a family. This reassuring guide is designed to help families cope with the ways that cancer changes the lives of the children and his or her parents, brothers and sisters, and other family members and friends.
Even though there is no simple recipe for survival, there are ways to make the experience of cancer more bearable. This book describes the illness and its treatment and offers invaluable advice on how to cope with emotions and stress, how to talk about the illness with the child and others, where to find information and help, and how to develop honest and trusting relationships with medical caregivers.
Interwoven throughout the text are insightful and inspirational stories of families who have faced and survived cancer and emerged from it with new strength and a greater awareness of what is truly important in life.
Margot Joan Fromer is the author of a dozen nonfiction books on health and medicine, as well as many magazine and journal articles. Her subjects range from AIDS to health policy to women's issues. She has also published two novels, which are mysteries with a medical twist, and is at work on a third. Ms. Fromer teaches health writing and journalistic research at Georgetown University. She lives in Silver Spring Maryland.