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ISBN-13: 978-0982321973 ISBN-10: 098232197X Edition: 1st
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"The is the one book that any patient contemplating entry into a clinical trial should read.  It clearly demonstrates the value of clinical research, without overwhelming the reader who is already dealing with difficult medical issues." -Kidney Cancer Association CEO Bill Bro

VERDICT Patients considering enrolling in a cancer clinical trial will find this book helpful for understanding the process and their rights as a participant. Library Journal Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs. & Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Health Syst., Richmond

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Every person diagnosed with cancer should have knowledge both about their disease and also about clinical trials.  Cancer clinical trials are changing the way cancer is treated and a clinical trial might be on option for treatment at any stage of cancer.  Armed with knowledge and understanding people fighting cancer can make the best decisions about their cancer care, including decisions about whether a clinical trial might be worthy of consideration.  In an interview with Andrew Schorr of Patient Power, I get a chance to discuss why I am so passionate about this book.  Please visit my author page to view the interview and learn more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DiaMedica; 1 edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098232197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982321973
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Hayes-Lattin, MD on May 14, 2012
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As a cancer survivor, an oncologist, and a cancer advocate, I actively participate in a community of survivors and health care providers focused on issues of cancer in adolescents and young adults. Cancer among people in their teens, 20's, and 30's is not only the leading natural cause of death, but from the 1970's through the 1990's survival rates did not improve. Over the same period of time, cancer survival rates among young children did improve, dramatically, to now well over 80% at five years.

Why might that be? One glaring difference is the rate of participation in cancer clinical trials. The vast majority of children in the US receive their cancer care as part of a clinical trial. But the clinical trial participation rate among young adults is less than 5%. If we are to engineer improvements for this group, we must increase participation in cancer clinical trials.

Clearing up misconceptions about cancer clinical trials, and aiding patients as they decide about participation in cancer clinical trials, is critical to that work, and Cancer Clinical Trials is a valuable tool to guide people through this process. This book is both comprehensive and easy to use, with direct questions asked and answered, misconceptions you may encounter highlighted, and samples practical items like billing schedules and insurance letters provided. In the end, readers are invited to join the authors, and advocates like myself, into this cancer fighting community.

Brandon Hayes-Lattin, MD
Senior Medical Advisor, LIVESTRONG
Medical Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University, Knight Cancer Institute
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie M on May 7, 2012
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This book provides clear guidance to those contemplating participating in a clinical trial. It lays out the facts in easy to understand language. The book avoids using too much medical jargon and when it does, the definitions are in the glossary. It is designed with the lay person in mind. Also the book size is not intimidating as many medically focused books can sometimes be.
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Being diagnosed with cancer can be a frightening experience that leaves one lost in a strange landscape of unfamiliar tests, big words, and bigger choices. Drs. Beer and Axmaker provide a road map that not only guides the reader through the complex twists and turns of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but empowers patients and family members to ask informed questions and make informed decisions about cancer clinical trials. This commonsense guide draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience from both authors: one an experienced clinical physician who has run many clinical studies for cancer, the other an articulate traveler on the road of cancer diagnosis, who has been treated on many cancer clinical trials.
Every cancer patient interested in a clinical trial should understand the key concepts outlined in this book. The authors explain complicated technical terms and procedures in simple, clear language and take away some of the anxiety associated with the unknown.
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This book, co-authored by a renowned oncologist and a mature psychologist and cancer survivor, offers the reader much information about cancer clinical trials. They explain in lay people's language many technical and complicated issues associated with cancer and its treatments, including its psychological and financial implications. This book is a "must", not only for a cancer patient but also for his/her family members and family doctor.
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