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supporting young people with cancer

 

Living with Childhood Cancer, Woznick 

Living with Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Families Cope, Goodheart Woznick

Mother-daughter team Leigh Wolznick and Carol Goodheart draw on their own family's experience with cancer, as well as their professional expertise - one as a hospital counsellor and the other as a psychologist. The authors lay out practical strategies for coping with overwhelming medical information, frequent invasive procedures, heavy financial burdens, and crippling stress. Their insights are illustrated by interviews with cancer families of all kinds, as well as the nurses, doctors and others who care for them. Topics covered include handling emotions, reducing stress, choosing a hospital, dealing with insurers, communicating with health professionals, and understanding the impact of the disease on family and friends.

   
 The Grief book Strategies for Young People Vercoe 

The Grief Book Strategies for Young People, Kerry Abramowski and Elizabeth Vercoe

This is a book for people who have lost someone, whose families have split up, who aren't feeling good. When someone is stuck and can't find a way out of their grief, this book will show them the way. This is a book for young people; this is a book for anyone experiencing grief. "Grief is like manure; if you spread it out it fertilizes. If you leave it in a big pile, it smells like hell".
   
 Guided Imagery for Healing Children and Teens Curran 

Guided Imagery for Healing Children and Teens: Wellness Through Visualization, Ellen Curran

Their own naturally rich imaginations are one of the best resources for healing children or helping them through difficult times. Guided Imagery for Healing Children and Teens shows parents, caregivers, and wellness practitioners how to tap into this powerful source of healing to help children overcome the pain and discomfort of anything from a minor fever to cancer. This easy-to-use manual includes an explanation of mind-body medicine and imagery, real-life case studies from the author's experience, and much rich, scripted imagery for both the younger child and teenager. Equipped with these valuable tools, children can connect with their self-healing abilities, strengthen their self-esteem, and enjoy their own imaginations!
   
 Promoting Psychological Wellbeing in Children with Acute and Chronic Illness, M. Edwards and P. Titman 

Promoting Psychological Wellbeing in Children with Acute and Chronic Illness, M. Edwards and P. Titman

Living with a chronic illness can have a significant psychological impact on a child and his or her family, and it is essential that this aspect of their care is not overlooked. This book provides a comprehensive guide to promoting the psychological well-being of children with chronic illnesses and medical conditions, covering support within health, social services and education. It discusses issues such as the impact of diagnosis and the experiences of children and their families in managing their medical condition and treatment.

   
 Eight Seasons; Our Family's Journey WIth Childhood Leukaemia, Sandra Evans 

Eight Seasons; Our Family's Journey WIth Childhood Leukaemia, Sandra Evans

Tahlia is four when she is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rapidly progressing form of childhood cancer. Her life is irrevocably changed, and her family are confronted with the many difficult challenges associated with childhood leukaemia. This is a powerful and honest story, told through the eyes of a mother, about a little girl's strength and courage. This journey not only leaves the family with a new perspective of what life is about, but is an inspiration to all who come across it.

   
  A Parents Guide to Solid Tumour Cancers, Nancy Keene 

Childhood Cancer: A Parents Guide to Solid Tumour Cancers, Nancy Keene

This book features detailed and precise medical information about solid tumor childhood cancers, including neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, liver tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, and bone sarcomas. In addition, it offers day-to-day practical advice on how to cope with procedures, hospitalization, family and friends, school, financial issues, and communication. Woven among the medical details and the practical advice are the voices of parents and children who have lived with cancer and its treatments.

   
  A Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers, Nancy Keene 

Childhood Leukaemia: A Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers, Nancy Keene

This complete guide covers not only detailed and precise medical information about leukemia and the various treatment options, but also day-to-day practical advice on how to cope with procedures, hospitalization, family and friends, school, social and financial issues, communication, and feelings. Woven among the medical details and the practical advice are the voices of parents and children who have lived with leukemia and its treatments.

   
  A Practical Guide to Your Future, Nancy Keene,Wendy Hobbie and Kathy Ruccione 

Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future, Nancy Keene,Wendy Hobbie and Kathy Ruccione

Childhood Cancer Survivors charts the territory of long-term survivorship: emotional aspects of surviving cancer; challenges for relationships; fertility concerns; follow-up schedules for health monitoring; self-care; and lifestyle issues; transition from pediatric to adult care; and overcoming discrimination in employment or insurance.
   

 

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner

When Harold Kushner's three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life's most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes.

   
 Childhood Brain and Spinal Tumours, Shiminski-Maher, Cullen, Sansalone  

Childhood Brain and Spinal Tumours, Shiminski-Maher, Cullen, Sansalone

This book contains essential information families need during this difficult time. It includes descriptions of the newest treatments, such as computer-assisted surgery, stem cell transplants, and targeted therapies as well as practical advice about how to cope with diagnosis, medical procedures, hospitalization, school, and finances. Effective ways to form a partnership with the medical team are provided, as are resources for medical information, emotional support, and financial assistance.

   
 Healing Images for Children, Nancy Klein 

Healing Images for Children, Nancy Klein

Muscle relaxation, calm breathing, visual imagery, stories, music, humour, and positive affirmations are techniques that enhance a child’s healing process. This book helps children with serious illnesses overcome the associated stresses of being sick by focusing on the connection between the mind and the body. It also offers parents and caretakers encouragement to face the emotional challenges of their child's illness. Medical scenarios and vocabulary are explained for kids to help them better understand what is happening. Ideas for meeting doctors, easing hospital visits, coping with pain and nausea, taking medications, and building fun and friendship into recuperation will help children and parents through difficult times.

 

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disclaimer

We’ve chosen a wide range of books to cover as many different themes, situations, beliefs and stories as possible. The opinions, recommendations and stories expressed are those of the authors only. They don’t necessarily represent the views of Redkite.

 

While a great deal of the information in Book Club books is helpful, none of it replaces the information given to you by your hospital. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your treating hospital team. 

 

These books come from a number of different countries and don’t always reflect the medical practices in Australia.

Last updated September 2015.