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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
  • 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 Brain Tumour Adventures: The Story Of A Little Boy Coping With A Brain Tumour Sharon Dempsey illustrated by Gabbie Collins Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003
  • Paper Chain by Claire Blake, Eliza Blanchard, Kathy Parkinson Health Press, 1998
  • Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope with Cancer in the Family by McCue, Kathleen Gathering Place Press, 2009
  • What Is Cancer Anyway? Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages by Karen Carney Dragonfly Publishing, 1998
  • 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

  • After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick Scholastic Press, 2010
  • Bald-Headed Princess: Cancer, Chemo and Courage by Maribeth Ditmars Magination Press, 2010
  • 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 Publishing, 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

  • Cancer In Our Family Helping Children Cope With a Parent’s Cancer by Joan Hermann American Cancer Society, 2008
  • 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
  • Children with Cancer: a Reference Guide for Parents by Jeanne Bracken Oxford University Pres, 2010
  • Educating The Child With Cancer: A Guide For Parents And Teachers edited by Nancy Keene Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, 2003
  • 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 Publishing, 2005
  • Getting Answers About Cancer: Understanding The Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatmentby Julie Henry BookSurge, 2009
  • 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)
  • Living with Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Parents Cope by Leigh Woznick: American Psychological Association, 2002
  • My Child Has Cancer: A Parent's Guide To Diagnosis, Treatment, And Survival by Della L. Howell Praeger, 2008

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 RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2010-06-04
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04

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