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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736909907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736909907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Amy Givler is a physician and professor of family medicine at Louisiana State University. She is also a cancer survivor who writes from both a personal and professional standpoint in Hope in the Face of Cancer, her first book. In it, she offers medical advice and encouraging statistics about the improving rates of cancer survival; draws upon her own story to hearten anxious readers; and guides them through the bewildering array of treatment choices. The volume closes with an appendix about cancer organizations, Web sites and relevant medical literature. This helpful book will comfort many Christians who have been diagnosed with the dreaded disease.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Amy Givler, M.D., a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care at Louisiana State University Medical Center. She writes a regular medical column for HomeLife magazine. She and her husband, Don, also a family physician, have three children and live in Monroe, Louisiana.

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When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was caught up in a swirl of emotions. Being a doctor didn't shield me from that chaos. But after I went through treatment, I wanted to help those who are newly diagnosed. This book is the result. It has solid medical information and offers hope in the face of cancer.

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It provides information, comfort, and encouragement.
L. String
This book is a wonderful resource for anyone diagnosed with cancer and for their family members.
Marie DisBrow
This is THE perfect book to give to the friend who's just been diagnosed with cancer.
Wendy Lawton

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Simpson on May 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm writing to tell you what comfort I received from reading your book. I read it the first time within two weeks of my husband's diagnosis and the start of chemotherapy. I have reread it again recently, and take it out when I need someone to reassure me God is in control, and to have faith. I often read sections to my husband that I feel will be of the most benefit to continue his incredibly strong belief he can beat it, no matter what the statistics say.

There is so much out there to read that I feel overwhelmed by all the information. However, very few books make you feel BETTER about this very "sucky" situation. Thank you to someone who really needed it, and appreciates it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hughes on September 4, 2003
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This book is a fantastic resource for all cancer patients, but especially for newly-diagnosed cancer patients. Written by an MD who has cancer, it provides common sense guidance for many aspects of treating and living with cancer. I highly recommend this book for patients who have just been diagnosed. Read this book before you do anything! It is also valuable for cancer patients who have been diagnosed with a recurrence. An easy read, it is well worth the few dollars you will spend to own it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 10, 2003
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Hope In The Face Of Cancer: A Survival Guide For The Journey You Did Not Choose by medical doctor Amy Givler (Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care, Louisiana State University Medial Center) is a informed and informative instructional guide written especially and specifically for men and women confronting the diagnosis of cancer, as well as for those that love and care for them. From adjusting emotionally to being diagnosed; to thinking through the range of possible options logically and promptly; to ways to give the unexpected news to family and friends; to searching for spiritual meaning, and so much more, Hope In The Face Of Cancer is filled from cover to cover with practical advice, heartfelt empathy, emotional support. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, then give Dr. Amy Givler's Hope In The Face Of Cancer a very careful reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2003
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Whether you have cancer or know a friend or loved one who does, this is an excellent new book to guide you through the emotional and medical maze. It's written from the perspective of a Christian doctor who is herself a cancer survivor. Hope in the Face of Cancer: A Survival Guide for the Journey You Did Not Choose by Amy Givler, M.D. (published by Harvest House) is suitable for all those touched by cancer. Dr. Givler has written for us the book that she wanted when first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. It's practical, sensible, personal, spiritual (but not heavy-handed), and encouraging.

In fact, I'd recommend this book even if you don't have cancer. At least keep a copy on hand to read or to give to someone immediately upon diagnosis. It can be an anchor in the storm of cancer, an understanding and helpful hand to hold, as emotions swirl within and all kinds of important and immediate decisions need to be made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Gilden on May 13, 2003
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Dr. Amy Givler has given the world a much needed book! As a physician, she approaches her diagnosis of cancer with much more knowledge than the average person. As she travels the journey from diagnosis to wellness, she takes the reader along with her, offering helpful insight and educated direction. Dr. Givler openly and honestly shares her thoughts and trials, both positive and negative, and the effects her illness had on her young family. Along with the physical and emotional details of her experience, Dr. Givler shares the hope she found in her strong faith in God.
This book is a must for anyone who has cancer or knows anyone who has cancer. The understanding gained from Dr. Givler's experience will equip the reader to better understand what friends and loved ones are going through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2003
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My mother has lived with metastatic breast cancer for the past 5 years. It has been a long, hard road and we have read alot of books. None of them have helped the way this one has! This is the first book I've ever read that gave me "hope". That word has never been a part of my vocabulary. I can now look at my Mom as a "survivor"! I was amazed at the insight Dr. Givler has about all the facets of dealing with cancer. I loved the way she opens herself and shares her personal story. She gave me a new perspective of looking at doctors that I really needed. This book is a must read for anyone who has cancer or anyone who knows someone with cancer. It is a very enjoyable book to read. I couldn't put it down once I had started. I wish this book had been around 5 years ago!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cherlene Pedrick on June 6, 2003
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This book is a great resource for people who are dealing with cancer. It truly is a book of hope, a survival guide for those on a difficult journey. The last words of Dr. Givler's book are truly inspiring: "When I look back, I see the difficult experiences of my life helping to strengthen my character and draw me closer to God. Knowing that this has been true in the past gives me confidence that it will also be true in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mik4l" on February 16, 2003
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Dr. Givler's book is full of practical advice and individual medical case scenarios, written in simple language, that help the reader on `the journey you did not choose.' Whether you are the spouse, the friend, the relative, or the treating doctor, this book is for you. It provides a framework from which to start if `cancer' has become a part of your life, or the life of someone you care about or for whom you provide care.
Dr. Givler's book, along with "A Guide to Medical Resources" outlined within the book, would have been very helpful, not only for me, but my mother and her siblings, since my grandmother died of cervical cancer is 1984. (I have since passed my copy of this wonderful book on to one of my mother's sisters, and I have already asked a dear friend of mine if she would like a copy - her brother-in-law has cancer.)
By the time you get to the last chapter of Amy Givler's book, "Searching for Meaning," you're familiar enough with her rhythmic style of writing that you expect, and need the profound insights and quotes. Dr. Givler's book gives perspective on a life changing, life threatening situation in the context of faith, something many unknowingly search for and few ever find.
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