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Cancer: Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 4 to 8

  • In Mommy's Garden: A Book To Help Explain Cancer To Young Children; by Neyal J. Ammary; illustrated by Christopher Risch; Canyon Beach Visual Communications, 2003
  • Kathy's Hats: A Story of Hope; by Trudy Krisher, Nadine Westcott (illustrator); Concept Books, 1992
  • Let's Talk About When Kids Have Cancer (The Let's Talk Library); by Melanie Apel Gordon; Hazelden Information Education, 1999
  • Michael's Mommy Has Breast Cancer; by Lisa Torrey; Hibiscus Press, 1999
  • Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer: A Story for Children Who Have a Loved One With Cancer; by Sherry Kohlenberg; Stevens, Gareth, Inc.; 1994
  • My ABC Book of Cancer; by Shannin, Chamberlain; Synergistic Press, 1991
  • My Brain Tumour Adventures: The Story Of A Little Boy Coping With A Brain Tumour; Sharon Dempsey; illustrated by Gabbie Collins; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003
  • My Daddy's Cancer: an interactive book for children;; by Cindy Cohen; Promise Publications, 1999
  • My Mommy's Cancer: an interactive book for children;; by Cindy Cohen; Promise Publications, 1999
  • Paper Chain; by Claire Blake, Eliza Blanchard, Kathy Parkinson; Health Press, 1998
  • Vanishing Cookies; by Michael B. Goodman; ArthorJones Lithographing Ltd, 1991 (parent's cancer)
  • What Is Cancer Anyway? Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages; by Karen Carney; Dragonfly Publ, 1998
  • When Eric's Mom Fought Cancer; by Judith Vigna; Concept Books, 1993
  • When Mommy Had A Mastectomy; Nancy Reuben Greenfield; illustrated by Ralph Butler: Bartleby Press, 2005
  • When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide To Help Kids Cope; written by Alaric Lewis, illustrated by R.W. Alley; One Caring Place Abby Press, 2005
  • You and Your Cancer: A Child's Guide; by Lynda Cranston; BC Decker, 2001

Ages 9 to 12

  • Cancer (What's It Like?); by Angela Royston; Heinemann Library, 2005
  • Cancer; by Angela Royston; Heinemann Library, 2005
  • Cancer Drugs; by Judith Matray-Devoti; Chelsea House, 2006
  • My Mom Has Cancer; by Shari Lichtenstein; Ruby's Ink, 1997
  • Our Family Has Cancer, Too!; by Christine Clifford, Jack Lindstrom (Illustrator); Pfeifer-Hamilton Publ, 1997
  • Dancing Through the Shadows; by Theresa Tomlinson; DK Ink, 1997
  • The Year My Mother Was Bald; by Ann Speltz; Magination Press, 2003
  • You and Your Cancer: A Child's Guide; by Lynda Cranston; B.C. Decker, 2001

Young Adult

  • Cancer (Diseases and People); by Steven I. Benowitz; Enslow Publishers, 1999
  • Chemotherapy; by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; Thomson/Gale, 2004
  • The C-Word: Teenagers and Their Families Living with Cancer; by Elena Dorfman; 2nd ed.; NewSage Press, 1998

Books for Adults

  • Cereal for Dinner; Strategies, Shortcuts and Sanity for Moms Battling Illness; by Kristine Breese; St. Martin's Griffin, 2004
  • Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors: A Guide for Families, Friends, and Caregivers); by Shiminski-Maher, Cullen, Sansalone; O'Reilly & Associates, 2002
  • Childhood Cancer: A Parent's Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers (2nd ed); by Honna Janes-Hodder, Nancy Keene; O'Reilly & Associates, 2002
  • Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future; by Keene, Hobbie, and Ruccione; O'Reilly & Associates, 2000
  • Childhood Leukemia: A Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers (3rd ed); by Nancy Keene; O'Reilly & Associates, 2002
  • Emotional Aspects of Childhood Leukemia: A Handbook for Parents; Leukemia Society of America, 1998
  • Flying With Scissors: A Different Perspective on Childhood Cancer; by Bob Wallace; Publ, 2005
  • Helping Children Understand: A Guide for a Parent with Cancer; by American Cancer Society; call 1-800-ACS-2345
  • Helping Children Understand Cancer: Talking to a Child About Illness in the Family; by Cancer Care (1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-3602)
  • Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer: A Guide for Parents and Families; by Van Dernoot; Hatherleigh Co., 2002
  • Living with Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Parents Cope; by Leigh Woznick: American Psychological Association, 2002

Other Resources

American Cancer Society, Inc.
National Headquarters
1599 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Web site:
Referrals to specialists and local chapters (local units sponsor services for patients and families including transportation programs and some supplies), educational materials.

Association for Research of Childhood Cancer
P.O. Box 251
Buffalo, NY 14225-0251
No web site is available.
As a parent support group AROCC aids parents of young cancer victims by distributing information on treatment, emotional aspects, and patient services.

Cancer Care, Inc.
1180 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
800-813-HOPE (813-4673)
Web site:
Helps people with any type of cancer, at any stage of illness.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
3910 Warner Street
Kensington, MD 20895
Web site:
Network of peer support groups and contacts for parents of children with cancer; information clearinghouse, a toll-free hotline, publications, referrals for help with problems regarding health insurance, employment and education.

National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Building 31, Rm. 10A-03
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
800-4CANCER (422-6237)
TTY: 800-332-8615
Web site:
Spanish Web site:
English/Spanish educational materials, printed information, referrals, cancer information specialists.

National Children's Cancer Society
1015 Locust
Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63101
Information and materials.

National Children's Leukemia Foundation
172 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
800-GIVE HOPE (Toll-free, Referral Hotline)
Web site:
Services, support, and referrals to leukemia patients and their families.

Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute
Building 10, Room 13N240
Bethesda, MD 20892
Web site:
The Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers overviews of the type of treatments available for children with cancer. Bethesda, Maryland.

Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Published by McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 2006-08-28
Last reviewed: 2006-08-28
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