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Empowering Teens with Tools, Info, and Inspiring Stories
  Resources - Books
  1. Can Survive: Reclaiming Your Life After Cancer, Susan Nessim, Judith Ellis. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. This book focuses on the needs of recovered cancer patients, and is a resource guide covering topics ranging from job and insurance issues to long-term effects from chemotherapy and radiation.

  2. Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors: A Guide for Families, Friends, and Caregivers, Tania Shaminski-Maher, Patsy McGuire Cullen, Maria Sansalone. Patient Centered Guides, 2001. This book is the most complete parent guide available. It includes detailed and precise medical information about both benign and malignant brain and spinal cord tumors that strike children and adolescents. It offers day-to-day advice on coping with procedures, hospitals, family and friends, financial issues - the whole challenging experience.

  3. Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Grant Steen, PhD, and Joseph Mirro, MD. Perseus Books Group, 2000. From the clinicians and scientists at the largest children's cancer research hospital in the USA, a comprehensive and compassionate guide to diagnosing, treating, and surviving cancer.

  4. Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide To Your Future, Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, Kathy Ruccione. O'Reilly & Associates, 2000. This is a user-friendly, comprehensive guide on late effects of treatment for childhood cancer. This book, full of stories from survivors of all types of childhood cancer, covers emotional issues, insurance, jobs, relationships, and ways to stay healthy. It also contains an excellent list of organizations, websites, books and other resource materials.

  5. Childhood Cancer Survivorship: Improving Care and Quality of Life, Susan L. Weiner, Joseph V. Simone, Maria Hewitt. National Academies Press, 2003. The nine chapters in this report explain the medical, social, and economic consequences of surviving childhood cancer. The book identifies essential elements of quality care, assesses the status of clinical research, and proposes policies to improve quality of life for survivors of childhood cancer.

  6. Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer by Abby Bloch. American Cancer Society, 2003.

  7. Here and Now: Inspiring Stories of Cancer Survivors, Dorfman and Adams. Marlowe & Co., 2001. This book is a collection of narratives from men, women, and children of various ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds who describe their cancers and the ways they managed their illness.

  8. I Never Signed Up For This - An Upfront Guide to Dealing with Cancer at a Young Age by Katie Strumpf. A must-read for any child/young adult diagnosed with cancer, a childhood cancer survivor, or the family and friends of someone battling cancer. Written by a childhood cancer survivor, the book lives up to its title, with its refreshingly candid approach to battling cancer at a young age. The author details her own diagnosis with cancer, and how every aspect of her life was altered as a result of the disease. For ordering information, visit the web site at http://www.katiestrumpf.com/mybooks.php

  9. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins. Putnam Books, 2000. In the pages of his memoir, multiple Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, tells his own moving and inspiring story. He is a winner in the game of life itself having survived cancer, finding love, and becoming a father. This is an amazing tale of recovery in the face of tragedy and victory over overwhelming odds.

  10. Landing it. My Life On and Off the Ice, Scott Hamilton. Kensington Pub. Corp, 1999.  This book is the inspiring story of Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton, now a cancer survivor after battling testicular cancer. Here is a champion who recounts his mistakes along with his victories, pointing out the lessons he learned along the way.

  11. Living with Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Families Cope, Leigh Woznick, Carol D. Goodheart. American Psychological Association, 2001.
    In this down-to-earth guidebook, mother-daughter team Leigh Woznick and Carol Goodheart draw on their own family experience with childhood cancer as well as their professional expertise and stories from others, to help families address the psychological impact of cancer. The book is filled with emotional guidance, useful information and practical advice.

  12. Teens with Cancer, Gail B. Stewart. Lucent Books, 2001. Through first-person stories, readers get to know and care about four young people who have coped with cancer and who try to live relatively normal lives.

  13. Voices From the Edge, Michael Hayes Samuelson. Long Street Press, 2000. This book presents the wisdom of real people who have been diagnosed with and treated for cancer. Written and compiled by a cancer survivor, this book offers interviews and survival stories of ten individuals who have been faced with death, who have been on the edge and returned.

  14. Working with Your Doctor: Getting The Healthcare You Deserve, Nancy Keene. Patient-Centered Guide, O'Reilly & Associates, 1998. This book shows how to form a satisfying partnership with your doctor in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. It contains in-depth and practical information on how to find the right doctor, communicate clearly, ask about tests and treatments, seek opinions, take action when wronged, and deal effectively with managed care.