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Cancer Introduction

What’s the difference between a sarcoma and a melanoma? Between radiation and chemotherapy? Stage one and stage three? What does it mean when a mom says she’s having a stem cell transplant?

This chapter answers those questions, and gives you some basic knowledge about cancer. It offers insight into a mom’s treatments, how she might be feeling and why, and helps you understand the words she’s using to describe the specifics of her illness. It will also help you talk about cancer with children in a way that makes it a bit more accessible, understandable – and maybe a little less scary.