From your American Cancer Society
The following information may also be helpful to you. These materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)
Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Understanding the Health Care System (also in Spanish)
Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know (also available in Spanish)
Nutrition for Children with Cancer (also in Spanish)
Pediatric Cancer Centers (also in Spanish)
Surgery (also in Spanish)
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
What Happened to You, Happened to Me (children's booklet)
When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer (children's booklet)
When Your Child's Treatment Ends: A Guide for Families (booklet)
The following books are available from the American Cancer Society. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 to ask about costs or to place your order.
American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Family Caregiving, Second Edition
Because... Someone I Love Has Cancer (kids' activity book)
Jacob Has Cancer: His Friends Want to Help (coloring book for a child with a friend who has cancer)
Let My Colors Out (picture book for young children)
National organizations and Web sites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
American Childhood Cancer Organization (formerly Candlelighters)
Toll-free number: 1-800-366-2223
Web site: www.acco.org
Web site: www.cancerkids.com
CureSearch (Children's Oncology Group and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation)
Toll-free number: 1-800-458-6223
Web site: www.curesearch.org
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Web site: www.cancer.gov
National Children's Cancer Society, Inc.
Toll-free number: 1-800-532-6459 (1-800-5-FAMILY)
Web site: www.children-cancer.org
Starlight Children's Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-310-479-1212
Web site: www.starlight.org
100 Questions & Answers About Your Child's Cancer, by William L. Carroll and Jessica Reisman. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2004.
Cancer & Self-Help: Bridging the Troubled Waters of Childhood Illness by Mark A. Chester and Barbara K. Chesney. University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.
Care for Children and Adolescents With Cancer: Questions and Answers. National Cancer Institute, 2008. Available at: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/NCI/children-adolescents or call 1-800-332-8615.
Childhood Cancer: A Parent's Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers, by Honna Janes-Hodder and Nancy Keene. Published by O'Reilly and Associates, 1999.
Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St Jude Children's Research Hospital by Grant Steen and Joseph Mirro (editors). Perseus Publishing, 2000.
Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future, by Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, and Kathy Ruccione. O'Reilly and Associates, 2000.
Children With Cancer: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Parents, by Jeanne Munn Bracken. Oxford University Press, 2001.
Educating the Child With Cancer: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, edited by Nancy Keene. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, 2003.
Living With Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Families Cope by Leigh A. Woznick and Carol D. Goodheart. American Psychological Association, 2002
Surviving Childhood Cancer: A Guide for Families, by Margot Joan Fromer. New Harbinger Publications, 1998.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold Kushner. G.K. Hall, 1982.
When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer. National Cancer Institute, 2012. Available at: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/when-someone-you-love-is-treated, or call 1-800-332-8615.
Young People With Cancer: A Handbook for Parents. National Cancer Institute, 2003. Available at: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/youngpeople, or call 1-800-332-8615.
Your Child in the Hospital: A Practical Guide for Parents. (2nd Ed.), by Nancy Keene. O'Reilly & Associates. 1999. (Also available in Spanish)
Books for teens and children
These books are intended for children, but younger kids are helped more when an adult reads with and helps the child reflect about what different parts of the book mean to the child.
The Amazing Hannah, Look at Everything I Can Do! American Childhood Cancer Organization. www.candlelighters.org/Information/Resources/Books.aspx.
Chemo, Craziness and Comfort, My Book about Childhood Cancer. American Childhood Cancer Organization. Available at: www.candlelighters.org/Information/Resources/Books.aspx.
Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future (2nd Ed.), by Kathy Ruccione, Nancy Keene, and Wendy Hobbie. Patient Centered Guides, 2006. For older teens.
Going to the Hospital, by Fred Rogers. Paperstar Book, 1997. For ages 4 to 8.
Life Isn't Always a Day at the Beach: A Book for All Children Whose Lives Are Affected by Cancer by Pam Ganz. High-Five Publishing, 1996. Workbook for ages 6 to 10.
Little Tree: A Story for Children with Serious Medical Problems, by Joyce C. Mills. Magination Press, 2003. For ages 4 to 8.
Living Well With My Serious Illness, by Marge Heegaard. Fairview Press, 2003. For ages 8 to 12.
Me and My Marrow, by Karen Crowe. Published by Fujsawa Healthcare, 1999. You can buy it as a book, but it's also available online at: www.meandmymarrow.com/book/toc_ie.htm. For teens.
My Book for Kids With Cansur [sic]. Gaes, Jason. Viking Penguin, New York, NY. 1998.
Oncology, Stupology…I Want to Go Home! by Marilyn K. Hershey. Butterfly Press, 1999. For ages 8 to 12. (Also available in Spanish.)
What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick, by Allan Peterkin and Francis Middendorf. Magination Press, 1992. For brothers and sisters (ages 4 to 8) of a child with cancer.
When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope With Loss and Change, by Marge Heegaard. Woodland Press, 1991. For ages 6 to 12.
Why, Charlie Brown, Why? A Story About What Happens When a Friend Is Very Ill, by Charles M. Schultz. Ballantine Publishing Group, 1990. For ages 6 to 12.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Revised: 08/01/2012