The Medikidz characters combine their extensive knowledge and superhero skills to lead children on a journey through Mediland for a first-hand primer on cancer.
This award-winning graphic-novel series explains complex cancer topics to teens and tweens in a visually pleasing and accessible way. Each book in the series features the Medikidz, larger-than-life teenage superheroes who live on Mediland, a living, moving virtual world within the human body. Appropriate humor and adventure are blended with accurate facts, so young readers can better understand what causes cancer and how it is diagnosed and treated.
All titles are available in English and Spanish.
Bridget is a star in high school art class, and she loves playing soccer. But she becomes worried when her mother gets a diagnosis of breast cancer and can’t be there for her. The Medikidz take Bridget to the planet Mediland to show her how breast cancer begins in the body and how it is diagnosed with methods like mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and biopsy. Learning all about treatment and side effects and how they can affect her mother, Bridget begins to realize what her mother is going through and how she can be there to support her through a really tough time.
Jerome is perplexed when his usually fun and outgoing grandad ends up in the hospital with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The Medikidz arrive on the scene to take Jerome to the planet Mediland, where he learns all about his grandad’s disease. While on Mediland, Jerome is taught what the prostate is and how cancer can develop there. He learns all about tests to detect prostate cancer, such as the digital rectal examination (DRE) and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. Finally, Jerome is reassured that there are many treatments available to help his grandad fight cancer and that he can best help by continuing to love and support him.
Jo is the star of her softball team, yet one day a bad headache and blurry vision cause her to strike out. The Medikidz arrive and take Jo to Mediland, a virtual world within the human body, where she will learn all about her disease—specifically how brain tumors are formed and how they are diagnosed and treated. Jo gains reassurance when she learns that a multifaceted approach to treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, are all available to help her fight her disease and that doctors, nurses, family, and friends will be there for her through it all.
Lyndon overdoes it playing soccer one day, but a serious pain in his legs turns out to be from something else—a cancer of the bone known as osteosarcoma. When the Medikidz arrive on the scene, Lyndon is introduced to their virtual world of Mediland where he learns how bone cancer begins in the body and how surgery and chemotherapy are used to treat it. With help from the Medikidz, Lyndon gains enough confidence to declare that he is ready to fight his disease. Most important, he admits that he is “not scared anymore.”
A brother and sister enjoy doing activities with their competitive dad until the day he receives a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Then, everything changes. The Medikidz swoop in and transport the children to Mediland, where they are taught all they need to know to understand colorectal cancer—how it starts in the body and how it is diagnosed and treated. They learn the importance of colorectal screening through colonoscopy and how it helps doctors see and remove polyps or other abnormal growths inside the lining of the intestines. Importantly, they come to understand that their dad can get better with good medical care and their continued love and support.
Richard has acting aspirations, but a diagnosis of leukemia derails his plans and makes him tired and unfocused. The Medikidz appear and whisk Richard away to Mediland, a virtual world within the human body, where he is taught that leukemia is a cancer of the blood and that it can be effectively treated with chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Balancing a serious tone with appropriate humor, the Medikidz help Richard find assurance that he will have help to fight his disease. Mostly, they reassure him that he is not alone.
While enjoying a pleasant day at the local fair with his family, Sam notices that his grandma is coughing and short of breath. The symptoms worsen and lead to an emergency visit to the hospital where Sam learns the awful news that his grandma has lung cancer. The Medikidz arrive to help Sam understand lung cancer—how it starts in the body and how it is diagnosed and treated. Sam also learns the importance of risk factors, such as smoking, that can lead to lung cancer. Through his newfound knowledge, he feels better equipped to support his grandma as she goes through cancer treatment.
Tiffany’s family enjoys time in the sun. Her dad, especially, likes beach activities and cooking on the grill. But going without sun protection takes its toll; and one day, Tiffany’s dad receives a shocking diagnosis of melanoma, a malignant cancer of the skin. The Medikidz help Tiffany understand melanoma and how it is diagnosed, treated and staged. As she learns more about her dad’s disease, Tiffany also becomes familiar with the skin changes that signal cancer. Importantly, she learns the ways her family can protect their skin and still enjoy a day in the sun.
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