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You Don't Have to Die: One Family's Guide to Surviving Childhood Cancer Hardcover – May 12, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; First Edition edition (May 12, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679403000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679403005
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,185,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In 1984, at the age of six, Jason Gaes was diagnosed with Burkett's lymphoma, one of the fastest-spreading and most aggressive cancers of the lymphatic system. According to this book, there were 1600 pediatric cancer deaths in 1990: Jason is one of the survivors. The Gaeses, with coauthor Bashe, here chronicle their family's struggle. This is a powerful account of the roller-coaster ride a family takes when trying to overcome the odds of a life-threatening disease. If a child was diagnosed with cancer in the mid-1960s, he or she had a one-in-five chance of survival; today, more than two in three survive. The authors explain how to tell your child that he or she has cancer, ways to discuss death and dying with the young, and what support from family and friends will make the ordeal more bearable. They advise parents to become active partners in their offspring's treatment. They decode the long battery of tests needed for correct diagnosis and the types of cancer that occur most frequently in children. They offer suggestions on what chemotherapy or radiation treatments may be used (and their possible side effects), and on how to coax an exhausted and nauseous youngster to eat. But perhaps most important, in the midst of all the advice, is the Gaeses' message of hope in the face of potential tragedy.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This intensely personal (and very readable) account of Jason Gaes's five-year battle with Burkitt's lymphoma, which was also the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary, includes a great deal of practical information for families in similar situations. The Gaeses offer advice on selecting medical facilities, helping the child during treatment, discussing death and dying, and finding the right support group. The charts on the side effects of various kinds of drugs and the chapter on the different kinds of pediatric cancer present difficult information in a clear and understandable manner. Footnotes and an index would have been helpful, but the glossary is useful. This book complements Mark Chesler and Oscar Barbarin's Childhood Cancer and the Family: Meeting The Challenge of Stress and Support (Brunner/Mazel, 1987). Recommended for patient education/consumer health collections.
-Mary Jarvis, Methodist Hosp . Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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