“My Child Has Cancer” by Della L. Howell, MD is a comprehensive, detailed, easy to understand guide that takes you through the entire process of diagnosing, treating, and surviving cancer. I learned a sufficient amount, and whereas I might never be able to properly pronounce the names of most of the cancers, my appreciation and dedication for those involved in the field of pediatric oncology continues to grow and grow.
As the author says, “In an ideal world the words cancer and children would never go together.” Sadly, that is not the case, but thankfully over the years the cure rate for children with cancer has reached 80 percent or better.
Dr Howell, explains virtually every type of cancer, the treatment procedures, and the procedures available to make sure that every child cured of cancer has the real possibility of living a long, productive, and happy life.
Whereas, I cannot recommend this book to everyone simply because it is a very difficult subject to approach and at times I found it hard to read on, but I was so happy I did.
One very important point I feel I need to pass along is the importance of parents paying close attention to their infants and children’s bodies and social behavior. If while changing an infant you notice an unusual lump you need to take action, if your child is suffering from fevers, viruses, or rashes, just don’t wait and hope it’s nothing. If your child suddenly seems tired and has stopped playing with his siblings and friends these are all signs that something is wrong and should be looked at by a doctor. In most cases, they won’t turn out to be cancer, but if your worst fears are realized, the sooner you take action the quicker and better chance your child has of being cured and living a healthy and happy life. Regular appointments with pediatricians is a great way of staying on top of your game and providing the best care for your children.
Books such as “My Child has Cancer,” is a constant reminder of who the real heroes are – the doctors, researchers, nurses, support groups. They don’t play in the world of make believe and make millions of dollars. They save lives.