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Childhood Cancer: A Handbook From St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Hardcover – June 15, 2000

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Making informed medical decisions for a child with cancer is difficult, but this textDa cutting-edge textbook on pediatric cancer written expressly for lay readers by St. Jude's clinicians and scientistsDprovides compassionate advice and information that should help ease the process. (Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is today recognized as a leader in children's diseases and, specifically, in children's cancer.) This one-volume resource is outstanding in every wayDorganization, content, authority, scope, and special features. Organized around seven broad sections for the comprehensive coverage of key issues (basics, diagnosis, treatment, patient care, cancer types, and recovery), the 56 chapters are each authored by a specialist in the field. The writing is intelligent and clear but never patronizing. Information on hard-to-find topics such as the late effects of cancer treatments (e.g., adverse effects that may show up years later) and an excellent introduction to the genetics of cancer is included. A first-rate list of information resources as well as a chapter on how to find reliable web-based information (authored by a medical librarian) are added bonuses. An exceptional contribution to cancer patient information, this is essential for all consumer health collections.DGail Hendler, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr., New York
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Dr. R. Grant Steen is currently studying brain cancer at the St. Judge Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an expert in tumor physiology and tumor cell biology, and his research interest is the metabolic imaging of cancer. He employs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to estimate tumor perfusion, in an effort to predict tumor drug delivery. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, and he was furthur trained in research at the California Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He taught at the University of Washington, where he was an Assistant Professor of Radiology and of Bioengineering, and he has written more than 25 papers which appeared in scientific journals.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738202770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738202778
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Drs. Steen and Mirro and the many other contributers from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have made a significant contribution to the clinical care of children with cancer in their editing of this new book. The chapters cover many topics to give parents an overview of the current scientific understanding of childhood cancers, along with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment procedures. This will be an invaluable aid to the unfortunate parents who have to face along with their children an often overwhelming battle for their precious little lives. The authors highlight the magnificent progress that has been made in the past 40 years as many childhood cancers can now be successfully treated almost 80% of the time. It covers spiritual, psychological and social aspects of treatment and even the topic of alternative therapies. It includes testimonials of success and a chapter dealing with the hardest topic--letting a child die when there is no longer any reasonable hope for curative treatment. It informs parents about the testing procedures their children will have and talks about the research-related issues that they will likely encounter. It provides useful address and links for support groups and additional information. I would highly recommend this book for parents and the professionals who deal with those parents who have children with cancer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This handbook explained how cancer develops and answered many of my families questions on the side-effects of chemo and radiation therapy. We even bought extras to share with our extended family.
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By Gilda R. Seelke on October 9, 2009
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This book was hard to get and I actually purchased a used product; however, the chase and the wait was worth waiting for. The book provides the reader with an extensive overview over pediatric cancer, its etiology, treatment, and everything that's important to know. Working with pediatric oncology patient in a hospital setting, this book answered many questions. The chapters were written by different clincal disciplines, addressing the concerns from their point of view. At no point does the book go overboard (like so many other books about pediatric oncology,) where the author forgets the audience and makes little sense to the (non-medical) readers, mostly parents, explaining medical lingo thoroughly.
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By annette yount on April 21, 2013
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I used this book to do a research paper on childhood cancers. It was useful and easily understood. Worth the money
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