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The Complete Cancer Survival Guide: The Newest, Most Comprehensive, Cutting-Edge Source for All the Latest Information on Each of the 25 Most Common Forms of Cancer Paperback – April 18, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0385486057 ISBN-10: 0385486057 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books; 1 edition (April 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385486057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385486057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At age 51, Peter Teeley, former press secretary to George Bush, was given a 50-50 chance of surviving his stage III colon cancer. Like most newly diagnosed cancer patients, he knew little about the disease and less about possible treatments. He tenaciously sought out information and saved his own life. Now he and medical writer Philip Bashe spare others from having to start their own cancer treatment investigation from scratch.

"When faced with the most critical consumer decision of their lives, the majority of cancer patients accept without question the recommendation of the doctor who diagnosed the disease," write the authors. "Eighty-five percent of the time, that person is not an oncologist, a specialist in the detection and treatment of cancer." This leads to a substantial risk of substandard care, according to the National Cancer Policy Board.

The solution? Take charge, with the help of the comprehensive information here. Learn all you can about your disease, its staging and treatments (25 different cancers are covered here). Seek out clinical trials. Get an independent second opinion. Investigate cancer-treatment facilities. Learn about medications for pain and nausea. Learn how dietary changes, stress management, and support services can help you. Make your medical insurance work for you. There's an immense amount of practical, clearly written, well-organized, illustrated information in this book, and it's enhanced by anecdotes from Teeley's personal story. Everything you need is here: lists of top cancer centers and support groups (with phone numbers and Web sites), definitions of all terms, instructive charts and boxes, questions to ask, questions you're likely to be asked, and a ton of information about how you can help yourself.

Everything You Must Know and Where to Go for State-of-the-Art Treatment of the 25 Most Common Forms of Cancer declares The Complete Cancer Survival Guide's cover, and this 950-page book lives up to its claim. The foreword is by former president George Bush, whose daughter died of pediatric leukemia. --Joan Price

From Publishers Weekly

Teeley, a cancer survivor, offers an indispensable guide for patients and health-care professionals. Because of his friendship with then Vice-President George Bush, for whom he worked as press secretary, Teeley learned about an experimental trial at Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Center. Teeley stresses that even without a connection, armed with research and the resources to ask questions, every cancer patient should be able to get the best available treatment. While he and Bashe (Cancer Free, etc.) cover everything from descriptions of different types of cancer to diagnosis terminology and treatment options, their material is clearly organized and eminently readable. There are many useful sidebars, including information on "medical terms you're likely to hear" and "examples of eligibility criteria for clinical trials." There are also lists of leading cancer centers around the country and suggested questions patients should ask their doctors. The book contains so much valuable information that physicians can use it with many patients, and most families would do well to set a copy on their bookshelf, alongside their Dr. Spock. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom Roberts on June 25, 2000
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I am a cancer patient and this is the book I have been looking for. Encyclopedic yet concise and to the point, Teeley's treatment of strategies, treatment options and the biology of cancer sets a high standard. Useful summary boxes are distributed throughout each chapter, allowing the reader to get a quick overview of such topics as "Medical Terms You're Likely to Hear" / "Surgical Procedures" / "Drug Therapies" and related topics.
I found chapter 6 (State of the Art: Your Treatment Options) and Chapter 9 (Don't Neglect Your Emotional Health) especially useful...but EACH chapter is stuffed with information vital to an understanding of how to cope with cancer in the year 2000. This book does not have a dated or stale feel; the medical information is current. Numerous Web site addresses are included to help you get information and support.
Weighing in at close to 1000 pages (for a relatively modest price), I'll guess that this book will quickly become the standard cancer reference for the next few years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
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This book was well worth the small investment. With detailed referencing to take your researches even further, clear descriptions and helpful diagrams, helpful questions to ask your doctor about your disease and its treatments, it is a wonderful book. Aids in finding treatment centers near you with the latest treatments. Discussions about emotional health and insurance are also useful. Information drawn from top specialists makes this an authoritative book. Covers the top 25 cancers. Essential information.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa D. Lucas on March 14, 2005
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The information we got from this book literally saved my mother's life. After being told the tumor seen in the CT scans of her pancreas was probably cancer, within 24 hours of getting the book and doing our research, we were in touch with the best physicians to deal with it. Now my 78 year old mother is Johns Hopkins' poster girl for pancreatic cancer survival... three words that aren't often used together. I'll always have a version of this book in my possession.
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I originally purchased one for ourselves when my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The book was extremely helpful to me, as the caretaker, as it covers everything you need to know. From top rated cancer centers, to treatment options, to possible side effects to treatment, this book is very inclusive and easy to read. I have since purchased one for a family member who was diagnosed with cancer. I highly recommend it!
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By Michael D Ramun on January 21, 2013
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Very informative, I would recommend to anyone trying to find out more about Cancer treatments and terminologies of the medical profession
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