My Daddy's Cancer

James Metz, MD
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Daddy's Cancer Authors: Cindy Klein Cohen, MS, CCLS and John T. Heiney
Publisher: Promise Publications
ISBN: 0-9656498-1-4

OncoLink Rating: 2 Stars

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My Daddy's Cancer is the second book written by Cindy Klein Cohen dealing with children who experience a parent with cancer. Her previous book, Daddy's Promise, has also been reviewed on OncoLink. She has based this book on both her professional experience as a child life specialist and personal experience of her husband's cancer and death. The authors state, "this book is intended to help a young child understand the many changes and disruptions that occur in a family when a parent is seriously ill."

My Daddy's Cancer addresses the many questions posed by a child when a family member develops cancer. The story is told from the child's point of view with the mother and grandmother answering important questions such as "Did I cause Daddy's Cancer?", "What can I do to help?", "Am I going to get sick like Daddy?". Reading the book to a child may foster important conversations about this difficult subject.

My Daddy's Cancer also contains a workbook with fun activities that will allow a child to express their feelings. It also contains an important guide for parents to help children deal with serious illness and hospitalization. Illustrations are included to keep a young child's attention. My Daddy's Cancer is highly recommended by OncoLink to help families discuss this difficult issue.


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