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Informed Decisions, Second Edition Paperback – October 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0944235270 ISBN-10: 0944235271 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society; 2 edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944235271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944235270
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,382,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Covering all types of cancer in general terms, this tome from the American Cancer Society discusses detection, diagnosis, and treatment in five parts, subdivided into 31 chapters. Throughout, the information is presented logically, clearly, and in a visually accessible manner, with copious subheads, sidebars (case histories, checklists, dos and don'ts, etc.), headnotes (Tips and Advice, Cancer Basics), and questions to ask the doctor. Updated from the 1997 edition, this volume reflects the most recent developments in the field and includes new chapters on symptoms, coping with fatigue, and the finances of cancer. Unfortunately, only Part 6 features specific cancers, including just seven pages on breast cancer. Patient health collections should purchase this as a jumping-off point for concerned users; breast cancer patients will need more information.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Harmon J. Eyre, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta.

Dianne Partie Lange is a nurse and medical journalist and has served as an editor for Health, Self and Mirabella magazines.

Lois B. Morris is a New York-based author and journalist. She has written or coauthored seven books on health and behavior, and is a contributing writer to magazines More and Allure.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne in Texas on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
As an owner of the original "Informed Decisions" I was thrilled to see that there was an updated edition. I purchased the 1st edition when a
family member was diagnosed with cancer and it was a wonderful help -not
to try to make decisions, but to know what to ask the doctors.

I purchased the new edition in order to try to do the same for a family
member with oral cancer. What a disappointment!!! I expected to find
updated info about staging and survival rates, Not there!! Just a general
discussion that is not any more helpful than the information in a
general use medical text, such as Merck's, Johns Hopkins, etc. If a
good text is needed, find a used copy of the original "Informed Decisions" and check the data with your doctors.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "l2002007" on May 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
On the symptom of obstructive jaundice and despite a lack of firm clinical/lab finding of malignant cells from blood tests, ultrasound, ERCP (and cytology) as well as CT Scan, surgeons are of the view that my mother is being attacked by cancer at her bile-duct/head of pancreas. Laparotomy surgery, frozen section, Whipple Procedure and By-pass surgery are suggested for the cure. I knew nothing about cancer and its associated terminologies 6 weeks ago, but thanks to reading this book I begin to have a basic understanding on which I can ask useful questions of doctors/nurses for family decisions.
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