Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with Contributions from St. Jude Clinicians and Scientists

Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with Contributions from St. Jude Clinicians and Scientists

Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with Contributions from St. Jude Clinicians and Scientists

Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with Contributions from St. Jude Clinicians and Scientists

Synopsis

Approximately 20,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year. Until now, the families who receive this devastating news have had no one volume to turn to for up-to-date information, clear answers, and authoritative resource recommendations. To meet this need, clinicians and scientists at the world-famous St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have compiled the most comprehensive and compassionate family reference available. From practical matters, such as what tests to expect during diagnosis, treatment options for each kind of cancer, and the value and availability of clinical trials, to the emotional needs of children battling cancer and coping with life afterward, this invaluable guide will offer immeasurable comfort to parents and patients facing the family crisis of childhood cancer.

Excerpt

If you are reading this book, it is likely that a child close to you has been diagnosed with cancer. Your mind is undoubtedly filled with many questions. We hope this book will provide you with some of the answers to those questions, both the most basic and the more complex ones, such as: What is cancer? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? How is the cancer patient cared for? What do we know about specific cancers? And what happens after a child recovers from cancer?

ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

Each chapter in this book was written by a faculty or staff member at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee. St. Jude is one of the preeminent institutions in the world for the treatment of and research into catastrophic childhood illnesses, including cancer. Many of this book's contributors are responsible for some of the cutting-edge medical research that supports the chapters they wrote.

St. Jude opened in 1962 and has served over 17,000 patients since then. More than 4,000 patients are seen at St. Jude every year. The hospital's mission is to "find cures for children with catastrophic illness, through research and treatment." Research is directed toward understanding the causes of catastrophic illness, and improving the treatments for those illnesses. Children who have a disease that is being studied at St. Jude, and who are eligible for a clinical research protocol at the Hospital, receive treatment regardless of their race, religion, sex, ethnic origin, or ability to pay.

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