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Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy Hardcover – April 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews Mcmeel Pub (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836224183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836224184
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,654,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although many sequels are rehashes of old material that may pale when compared with their predecessors, this is not. As with the first edition, published in 1991, the authors and 76 contributors-specialists in oncology-describe what cancer is, available standard and experimental treatments, and the various concerns of patients. They also provide questions that patients should ask their physicians regarding specific cancers. But this time, in addition to updated medical and psychological information, the authors discuss other issues, too. These include the role of the oncology nurse, use of gene therapy to treat cancer, new anti-cancer drugs, payment/insurance problems relating to cancer treatments, palliative and hospice care, and questionable and unproven cancer therapies. The authors do not gloss over the dilemmas many patients will face as they make choices. Instead, they emphasize that knowledge is crucial if a patient is to get the best possible care. A chapter by Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., M.D., former head of the National Cancer Institute, provides an overview of ongoing cancer research. In addition to a suggested readings, look for a glossary of medical terms, a listing of resources, and a description of anti-cancer drugs and their side-effects.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Written by two oncologists for the layperson, this authoritative but readable reference stands out in the literature as a uniquely comprehensive, thorough source of up-to-date information about cancer generally and individual common cancers. Similar in scope, but with a much fuller, more complete treatment than the American Cancer Society's Cancer Book ( LJ 7/86), this affordable guide offers an understanding of current diagnosis and treatment, therapy and management, supportive care, and developments in assessment. In an easy-to-use format in four parts, the authors answer myriad questions about every aspect from early detection and stages to risk factors and genetics with a chapter highlighting the role of the National Cancer Institute in sponsoring clinical trials. Useful appendixes include a glossary of medical terms, a list of anticancer drugs and their side effects, and a directory of cancer centers, associations, and support groups. Recommended for all libraries.
- Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is written in an easy style, such that an average person can understand the language.
Maria E. Hicks
Great to have around so when you have questions this book will answer them, as we often have questions when a doctor is not around to answer them.
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Some of my friends and family ask me to look up cancer information for them and the types of cancer section is the best I have seen.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
First published in 1992, this book was taken up by the Canadian Medical Association. I borrowed the 'Canadianised' version from my local public library in London England, shortly after my lymphoma was diagnosed. As I am the Canadian Medical Association Journal's European Correspondent, I took this as a favourable omen!
Subtitled 'how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day' the book contained everything I wished to know - and I am a demanding patient when it comes to information.
It truly contains everything a person is likely to want to know, from living with a stoma to what happens in radiation therapy. If you want to know how each and every cancer is treated, and what the prognosis is, enquire within. It suggests questions you might want to ask your oncologist. It tells you what side effects to expect and how to deal with them. It is neither gloomy nor cheery, but simply a mine of information. It also tells you what new and innovative treatments are around the corner. Not a word is wasted, and nothing is left out.
Several of my friends, and my friends' friends, have cancer. They use me as an information service - not only because I am a medical journalist (and have been for 20 years longer than I've had the lymphoma) but because I can pass on information from this book.
I hope it has been translated into other languages - the whole world should have a chance to consult it when needed.
Two other good books I can recommend are by Rob Buckman, a British/Canadian oncologist, and that by professor Jeffrey Tobias, a British oncologist. I'd rate both of these as ****, mainly because they are less detailed.
These three books make a refreshing change from the plethora of 'alternative' cancer books, most of which, to my mind, peddle dangerous and sometimes life-threatening drivel.
The only thing missing from this book is cartoons!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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This book is a one stop guide to so many things involving therapies that it is hard to know where to start. Cancer nurses feel this is the best consumer book out there. Information is in plain English, simple terms, with lots of illustrations. Tons of referrals to agencies that may be helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria E. Hicks on June 13, 2002
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It is a wealth of information - that every person diagnosed with any type of cancer can benefit from. Having had 2 bouts with breast cancer, I have bought many books. This one is the best resource book I have found. I have loaned it out many times and everyone is thankful for the information.
It is written in an easy style, such that an average person can understand the language. It presents many questions for the patient & family to ask doctors, along with the many options available.
I highly recommend this for anyone who needs any type of information about cancer and it's treatments.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
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Half way through my chemo treatments, my doctor's office recieved three copies of this book. I borrowed one. I was very impressed with the layout, the data covered, questions answered. This is a very thought out book. I figured I would have it returned to the office by Christmas (three months away) but I was halfway through the first weekend. I highly recommend this book. It is interesting and EASY reading. I like knowing the information that can save my life, now and down the road.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CC on May 11, 2006
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While working in a very large private hospital in Omaha, I worked in Radiation Oncology. Finding myself alone, without a nurse to teach me how to teach my patients, a friend suggested this book. I purchased it, devoured it and put the information to use, teaching my patients about treatment protocols, systems involved in their treatment process, in terms that they could understand. I recommended this book to many of them, they always returned to thank me for suggesting the book. CC
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1998
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I have been using this book for 8 years and have found it useful in teaching new orientees to oncology as well as patients. It is written in a way that everyone can understand. It is a quick reference guide when needed. I truly recommend this book to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Gibson on August 24, 1997
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Getting a diagnosis of cancer throws you into a blur of panic and activity. To make the right decisions and participate in your treatment, you'll need to understand what's happening to you. Everyone's Guide ot Cancer Therapy is the book you will refer to again and again. I have called the book my "bible" in my five years with lymphoma.

This book explains everything in language anyone can understand, from what cancer is, to how the different types of treatments work to fight cancer, to nutrition and financial considerations. It describes the diagnosis, staging, and treatment of the more common types of cancer. It tells you what treatments are known to work for each type of cancer, what to turn to if you have a recurrence, what questions to ask your doctor.

It is the one absolutely essential reference for any cancer patient.

By the way, Amazon's computer-generated listing apparently couldn't handle the author names with "M.D." in them. The authors are

Dollinger, Malin (MD)

Rosenbaum, Ernest H. (MD)

and Cable, Greg
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Mindlin on July 2, 2010
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Dr. Dollinger's book is the most thorough, up to date and easy to understand source of information for those dealing with cancer therapies. It is written in terms anyone can understand, even the most complex and difficult aspects of treatment are explained so that the patient and family can be informed and make good decisions. This increases peace of mind and assists in healing. It is an oasis of information, clearly and calmly presented, in a desert of fear and confusion perceived by many cancer patients. Use this book and get better.
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