Neuroblastoma patients undergo surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplants that can have lasting impacts on their overhaul health and well-being. Some late effect complications last a lifetime.
Early treatment and detection is key to protecting the life you fought hard to save, say the creators of Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future (Childhood Cancer Guides publisher). The third edition of the guide was released in July, with potentially life-saving tips for the estimated 60 percent of pediatric cancer patients who will have to cope with medical late effects of treatment.
The guide was created by parents of children who have fought various cancers to help them identify the signs so they can seek treatment early. The book also deals with the emotional aspects of surviving cancer; challenges in the healthcare system to accessing early treatment therapies; employment and insurance discrimination; scheduling follow up care; and how survivors can maximize their health.
The book includes first-account stories from parents and survivors and a medical treatment diary.
Authors Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, and Kathy Ruccione are experts in the field of childhood cancer. Keene is the mother of a survivor of childhood leukemia and the author of several books. Hobbie is Associate Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ruccione is co-director of the HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Psychosocial and Education) Program in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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