To the parents of a child newly diagnosed with leukaemia there are so many questions--what caused the illness, what does the treatment involve, and crucially, will my child fully recover? The difficulties in coping and getting on with everyday life both during and after the illness, remain just as great, whether treatment is successful or not. Even years after the treatment, there are concerns about the possibility of recurrence. More recently growing atention has been focused on the increasing number of long-term survivors. Will their leukaemia return after many years? Are they at increased risk of other cancers? Should they have children? Will their children get leukaemia?
This new edition of Childhood leukaemia: The Facts explains the new science, the new treatment strategies, and addresses the concerns for parents and the children themselves. the book explains how various leukaemis develop, what might be involved in the cause of some types, and how they can best be treated. The book has been restructured into 16 smaller chapters some of which are completely new and all of which have been revised and updated. Also new to this edition is the concept of "shared care" between children's cancer units and local district hospitals. Written with the concerns of the parents in mind, the book offers esential and reassuring advice on coping with this distressing illness.