Living with Cancer The Ultimate Teen Guide by Denise Thornton

Living with Cancer The Ultimate Teen Guide

Written by Denise Thornton
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Part of the It Happened to Me Series


Living with Cancer The Ultimate Teen Guide by Denise Thornton

This book follows cancer's devastating path through a teen's life from diagnosis to treatment and survivorship, with special attention to how cancer can affect relations with friends and family, and its impact on school life. It explores the toll cancer can take on self image and looks at how teens facing cancer have found a sense of balance and control.


Each year, 72,000 teens and young adults are diagnosed with cancer, and thousands more will have a parent or sibling diagnosed. Considered the invisible cohort within cancer research, teens living with cancer have unique needs that are not always met. This thirtieth volume in the It Happened to Me series examines the needs and experiences of teen cancer survivors in their own words, along with some general information and support recommendations. Thornton, whose brother died of leukemia, clearly cares deeply about her subject and the teens who tell their stories...Teens needing comfort during a difficult time may find it in this volume. VOYA Written primarily for teens surviving cancer, this guide is chock-full of advice, tips, and firsthand accounts. The views of teens with a sibling or a parent battling the disease are also presented. Honest and heart-wrenching, this title doesn't shy away from the brutal realities of the disease. Chapters are broadly organized, focusing on topics that include the initial diagnosis, treatment, family, friends, self-image, and school, among others...Source notes and additional resources at the end of each chapter are extensive. Sidebars highlight topics such as celebrity battles with cancer, books and movies featuring characters with the disease, or more scientific information, such as the fact that the first bone marrow transplant was done on a teen...The material is current and relevant, and the many black-and-white photos are dynamic and well chosen...This is a valuable resource, reminding those affected that they are not alone. Living with Cancer...addresses the emotional needs particular to teens. School Library Journal Captures poignantly the emotions of young people dealing with their recurrent cancers. New York Journal of Books At the heart of the book are the experiences of young cancer survivors and families, who reveal their pains both emotional and physical, their coping strategies, their fears and hopes - and their determination and courage...This accessible book offers valuable, often lifesaving insights and information to both adults and youth. Youth Today

About the Author

Denise Thornton is the author of Physical Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2007).

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190 pages


Denise Thornton
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Scarecrow Press

Publication date

18th March 2011



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