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Helping Your Children Cope With Your Cancer, A Guide For Parents and Families (Second Edition)

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Helping Your Children Cope With Your Cancer, A Guide For Parents and Families

Is it my fault Mom has cancer? Will I get cancer? What will happen if Mom dies?

These are just a few of the thoughts that children have when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Now, this re-edited book, comprising 30 essays written by parents with cancer, their children and health-care experts, "provides an instant support group for families in which a parent has been diagnosed with cancer," reports the Susan G. Komen Foundation. And it "Provides valuable advice on how to discuss the impact of this disease on the whole family...," says Lance Armstrong.

When Peter van Dernoot's wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1980, no one knew of resources available to help his children cope with their mother's illness. During a three year period, he collected essays, letters, poems and drawings from patients and their families, hoping that their first-hand experiences would help other parent guide their children to emotionally healthy lives, no matter what the outcome of the disease.

Every family deals with cancer differently, but parents and medical experts agree: Parents should talk to their children about cancer as soon as possible, in a way they can understand. If discussed properly, potentially frightening experiences such as hospital visits and hair loss can be transformed into positive events.

Cancer does not have to traumatize your children. Helping Your Children Cope With Your Cancer provides insights into your children's feelings, and options on how to reassure them. In support of this effort, Bristol-Myers Squibb has purchased 20,000 copies of the book for families who will benefit from it.

Category: Health & Fitness - Diseases - Cancer; Family & Relationships - Emotions; Family & Relationships - Death, Grief, Bereavement
Format: Trade Paperback
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: 15.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-231-1 (1-57826-231-3)

Contact information: 
Available through: Hatherleigh Press, 5-22 46th Ave., Suite 200, Long Island City, NY, 11101, 1-800-528-2550 Available online through Hatherleigh Press http://www.hatherleighpress.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781578262311 Also available at: Amazon.com
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Peter van Dernoot
Publish date: 
2006

Talking With My Treehouse Friends About Cancer

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Talking With My Treehouse Friends About Cancer, Interactive Workbook Helps Kids Cope with News That Parents Have Cancer
The first activity book of its kind, Talking with My Treehouse Friends about Cancer, provides a creative, informative outlet for children during a difficult time

“It is hard to think of an occurrence more disruptive to family life than the diagnosis of cancer in a parent or grandparent,” says Peter R. van Dernoot, founder of The Children’s Treehouse Foundation, an organization committed to providing support in these difficult situations. In connection with his efforts to help children cope with such heart-wrenching news, Peter van Dernoot has created a unique diary and workbook, Talking with My Treehouse Friends about Cancer.

This full-color activity book includes a variety of fun projects such as drawing, coloring, pasting, and writing, to encourage children to articulate their new emotions and questions. By finishing statements such as “I remember how I found about the cancer,” and drawing “chemo stopping the cancer,” children learn how to cope with the disease and its impact. Additionally, the book informs about cancer in an easily understandable and unthreatening manner, using metaphors to explain cancer’s spread and the side effects kids may witness. A must for any family dealing with a parent’s or grandparent’s cancer, Talking with My Treehouse Friends about Cancer communicates with children in a language they understand.

Contact information: 
Available through: Fulcrum Publishing, 4690 Table Mountain Drive, suite 100, Golden, CO 80403 Telephone: 800-992-2908 www.fulcrumbooks.com Also available at: Amazon.com
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Peter van Dernoot
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The Emperor of All Maladies

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A History of Cancer and its Treatment.

An excellent resource for understanding our disease and how the current treatments came into being. Well written and easy to understand.

Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Many Lives, Many Masters

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A wonderful journey into life after death and past life experiences.

Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Dr. Brian Weiss, M.D.

The Complete Thyroid Book

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This doctor is a leading expert in some of the more difficult thyroid cancers but also has findings in regards to Papillary thyroid cancer. Stating that RAI doses are NOT high enough initially and what this is doing is helping the cancer to become "immune." Thinking of it like someone taking too many antibiotics which ultimately results in higher tolerant diseases.

He argues against the concept that there is a lifetime limit of RAI and has given doses as high as 600-900 for people with lung mets like myself. He says it's important to find someone who will perform I-131 dosimetry which is a method used to find out what the highest dose an individual can tolerate without harming their bone marrow.

He is no longer taking new patients and I'm currently looking into other doctors who believe this same principle.

He is:
Director Thyroid Oncology Program University of Kentucky
Division of Endocrinology & Molecular Medicine
Director of Thyroid Cancer Research Lab

Contact information: 
He answers questions online at yahoo groups.
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Dr Kenneth Ain

Cellular Wisdom for Women

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Book
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A wonderful book that empowers women to rediscover their dreams, especially the BIG ones from childhood that sit forgotten in the corner today. The book is an excellent resource, especially during challenging times.

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Bathsheba's Breast: Women, Cancer & History

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Book
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A scholarly history of breast cancer, from ancient Egypt all the way to the present time.

While I was in treatment, I kept wondering what women had to go through BEFORE there were lumpectomies, or chemo, or estrogen blockers, so I found this book really fascinating....I'm a big history wonk....:-)

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available from Amazon
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
James S. Olson
Publish date: 
2002
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The Cancer Survivor's Guide: Foods That Help You Fight Back

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Book
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A lot of the same ideas about food as Anti-Cancer, but with recipes and practical tips for how to incorporate foods into your diet. I thought the practical aspect was an area where Anticancer was lacking, so this makes a good companion to it.

Source: 
available from Amazon
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Neal D. Barnard, MD and Jennifer K. Reilly, RD
Publish date: 
2008
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Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life

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Book
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The one and only book my oncologist has ever recommended to me.

Source: 
available from Amazon
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
David Servan-Schreiber
Publish date: 
2009
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