Cancer Information for Teens, 4th Ed.

Teen Health Series

Cancer Information for Teens, 4th Ed.

Web Price: $62.00

Most often, teens with cancer overcome the disease. Treatment has improved and more is known about what causes cancer and how to prevent it. However, cancer is still a formidable diagnosis, and it remains a leading cause of death by disease among teens.

Cancer Information for Teens, Fourth Edition presents updated facts about cancer causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. It explains how cancer occurs in the body and describes some warning signs. A chapter focused on cancer myths helps teens sort fact from fiction. For teens that do have cancer, the book gives practical advice about important topics, such as which questions to ask health care providers and how to cope with treatment side effects and changes in body image. Social worries at school and among friends are addressed, and cancer survivorship issues, including fertility concerns, are discussed frankly. A separate section focuses on teens with friends or family members who have cancer. Finally, a resource section provides suggestions for additional reading, a directory of web-based support sources, and list of websites for finding cancer trials.

This book is divided into parts and chapters with parts focusing on broad areas of interest and chapters devoted to single topics within a part.

Part One: Cancer Facts And Risk Factors explains that cancer is a variety of diseases that begin the same way: cells divide in an uncontrolled manner with the ability to attack the body’s tissues. This part also discusses risk factors for cancer. These include familial or genetic predisposition, outdoor and indoor tanning, tobacco use, obesity, chemicals in the environment, and human papillomavirus infection. Ways to reduce modifiable risks are suggested.

Part Two: Cancers Of Most Concern To Teens And Young Adults gives facts on the cancer types most often diagnosed in adolescents and young adults. Among these are bone cancer, brain and spinal cord tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, oral, and testicular cancer.

Part Three: Cancer Awareness, Diagnosis, And Treatment provides prevention strategies, and describes how doctors diagnose the disease and determine how advanced it is. Chapters in this part discuss commonly used cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, precision medicine, radiation, and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. The part also offers information on supportive care and cancer clinical research.

Part Four: Cancer Survivorship acknowledges the wide-ranging and sometimes long-term impact that cancer can have on teens’ lives. It describes temporary effects of treatment on appearance and how to deal with friendships and school challenges during recovery. The part includes a summary of chronic health problems that can result after cancer, including fertility issues.

Part Five: When A Loved One Has Cancer gives guidance for teens with a parent, sibling, or friend who has cancer. It explains how to cope with the sometimes-confusing emotions that can arise and how teens can plan in advance for helping others while still taking of themselves.

Part Six: If You Need More Information includes suggestions for additional reading about cancers, a directory of web-based resources including teen-focused support groups, and guidance for people who want to learn more about specific clinical trials.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Includes online access
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts