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Book Summary: A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, and the first thing a patient wants to know is: How am I going to survive this? Written by a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, Taking Charge of Cancer offers an insider's guide to help readers understand cancer treatment options, choose the very best medical team, and be their own advocate. With this compassionate yet pragmatic guide, cancer patients will be better prepared to navigate the reality of their difficult diagnosis with knowledge and hope.
Book Summary: Provides guidance and advice to those who have just received a cancer diagnosis by helping them choose between treatment options, select the best medical team, and learn how to be their own advocate.
Book Summary: A critical resource for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. Written by a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, Taking Charge of Cancer offers an insider’s guide to understanding and receiving the best treatment options, choosing the right medical team, and approaching this difficult time with knowledge and hope. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, and the first thing you probably want to know is: How am I going to survive this? Cancer care requires decisions from numerous professionals, delivering treatments that are potentially life-saving, but also potentially dangerous and life-threatening. The chances of cure and survival for any given patient depend on the expertise of the cancer team, and whether procedures are in place to ensure that cancer care is delivered properly. So, how can you make sure you choose the right treatment team and ensure the best chances of survival and long-term health after being diagnosed with cancer? Taking Charge of Cancer is a different type of book for cancer patients—one that goes beyond the cancer information that is currently available, allowing you to truly take control of your cancer treatment. You’ll learn how to obtain and understand medical records, and why these records are critical to your care. You’ll also find the tools you’ll need to determine if the recommendations made by doctors are in keeping with accepted treatment guidelines. You’ll discover how doctors use evidence to decide which treatments are best, as well as how doctors can become biased in their recommendations. And, most importantly, you’ll be able to evaluate whether surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy make the most sense in your specific case—and whether or not these serious treatments are being delivered effectively and safely according to the highest standards. Now that you’ve received a cancer diagnosis, it’s time to set a plan in motion for your recovery. This book will help you do just that—every step of the way.
Book Summary: "The Cancer Solution: Taking Charge of your Life with Cancer by Jack C. Westman, M.D., shows how much of the failure of the War on Cancer?and more importantly, much of the potential for finally winning it?has to do with the definition of cancer. This book is a wake-up call and a call to action for cancer patients, their loved ones and the general public. Conventional cancer care needs to be vastly improved according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Cancer Institute. Patients know it firsthand. They are obliged to accept chances for 5-year survival with likely debilitation rather than complete remissions (cures). Everyone is paying the price of excessive cancer care costs in their health care insurance."--Publisher description.
Book Summary: Vividly showcasing diverse voices and experiences, this book illuminates an all-too-common experience by exploring how women respond to a diagnosis of breast cancer. Drawing from interviews in which women describe their journeys from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, Julia A. Ericksen explores topics ranging from women's trust in their doctors to their feelings about appearance and sexuality. She includes the experiences of women who do not put their faith in traditional medicine as well as those who do, and she takes a look at the long-term consequences of this disease. What emerges from her powerful and often moving account is a compelling picture of how cultural messages about breast cancer shape women's ideas about their illness, how breast cancer affects their relationships with friends and family, why some of them become activists, and more. Ericksen, herself a breast cancer survivor, has written an accessible book that reveals much about the ways in which we narrate our illnesses and about how these narratives shape the paths we travel once diagnosed.
Book Summary: TAKING CHARGE OF FIGHTING CANCER is a short, easy, interactive workbook that contains everything a patient needs to know about dealing with the psychological aspects of cancer. The workbook includes 7 chapters which can be read in any order. Each chapter has several easy exercises that readers can do at their own pace and in any order. While other books talk about the importance of imagery to fight cancer, this book shows you what to do and how to order or download an audio CD that is full of healing imagery. The CD was written by the author to accompany this book, and it is recorded in her own voice. If you or someone you know suffers from cancer, this workbook and CD will send a message of hope and empowerment. According to Carolyn S. Garwood, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Counseling Psychology at the University of Miami, this books ...unique blend of warm, personal approach with accurate and up-to-date medical and psychosocial information will make it an invaluable tool not only for cancer patients, but for family, friends, caretakers and others working toward the most effective integrative interventions.