Childhood Cancer

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This book has been designed to help children with leukaemia (or other forms of cancer) to prepare for treatment, namely chemotherapy, and a stay in hospital. Treatment for childhood cancer can be very difficult to cope with, especially for very young children. The lengthy stay in hospital, having to contend with drips, tubes and injections is difficult enough without the possibility of hair loss for children to face. However, this book helps children to see the experience of a child that they can easily relate to. Harry not only enjoys his stay in hospital and makes new friends, but he also overcomes any fears of losing his hair. Most importantly, the book shows children that this experience is only temporary; it is not a permanent part of their lives. It assures them that there will be a time where their hair will start to grow back and they will eventually leave the hospital and return home. The book also gives parents an opportunity to discuss the visit to hospital and the treatment with their child by comparing their experience to Harry.

Childhood Cancer

"The famous hat" is a story book to help children with childhood cancer to prepare for treatment, namely chemotherapy, and for losing their hair.

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Treatment for childhood cancer can be very difficult to cope with, especially for very young children. A stay in hospital, having to contend with drips, tubes and injections is difficult enough without the possibility of hair loss for children to face. However, this book helps children to see the experience of a child that they can easily relate to. Harry not only enjoys his stay in hospital and makes new friends, but he also overcomes any fears of losing his hair. Most importantly, the book shows children that this experience is only temporary; it is not a permanent part of their lives. It assures them that there will be a time where their hair will start to grow back and they will leave the hospital and return home. The book also gives parents an opportunity to discuss the visit to hospital and the treatment with their child by comparing their experience to Harry.

Useful links
www.cancer.ie - Irish Cancer Society
http://leukaemiacancersociety.org/ - Leukemia Cancer Society
www.acco.org/ - American childhood cancer society

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Book reviews

  1. admin says:
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Amazon.com Review
    This is one of the ‘go to’ books my two grand kids pick every night now for bed time reading. My little 2 yr. old grand daughter was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia last month and I really think she likes this book because she can relate to certain parts of the story.

    Amazon.com Review
    I ordered this book when I found out that my five year old grandson would be going through chemotherapy and losing his hair as a result. The story was well written in a light humorous style that communicated what happens and prepares a child for the upcoming change. It also emphasized that there wasn’t anything wrong or weird with the child – it was simply a temporary change as a result of a needed treatment. In my family’s initial meeting and conversation with my grandson’s medical team, the team’s L.C.S.W. indicated that she always had a copy on hand to lend to patients – so, I was happy that I had unwittingly purchased something that professionals thought well of too. In any event, it is lovely story and a light handed way to help a small child understand their current circumstance.

  2. admin says:
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    This book is written from the perspective of a 5-year old boy named Harry. He is just like other little boys and girls his age, except he has to go to the hospital a lot and see Dr. John. Harry describes receiving medicine through a tube in his chest and meeting other kids who were receiving treatment too. Harry talks about his hair falling out and how he was scared at first, but how his mum promised it would come back again someday. One day the children at the hospital get a special visit from a fireman. Harry wants desperately to wear the fireman’s hat, but he says it only fits special types of heads. Harry pulls off his stocking cap and shows the fireman how special his head is. The fireman agreed that his head was special and let him wear (and keep) his fireman hat. All the other children in the hospital loved seeing Harry’s famous hat. Towards the end of the book, Harry’s hair begins growing back because his doctor tells him he is getting better. He meets a sad little girl in the hospital who has just lost her hair and gives her his famous fireman’s hat that she can keep until her hair grows back. The end of the book has a page where children can draw a picture of their own special story.

    Overall, I think this would be a beneficial book for children going through chemotherapy. It is upbeat and positive, without getting into too much detail. I found it interesting that the book never mentions the word “cancer”.

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