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Living Well With Cancer Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2002

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The cruel irony of cancer treatment programs that cause additional pain--both physical and psychological--prompted two concerned women to write Living Well with Cancer. Oncology nurse practitioner Katen Moore and medical researcher Libby Schmais present a comprehensive resource for those who suffer from mild to severe side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and drug treatments associated with cancer.

Conversational yet never wordy, their extensive “remedy guide” covers about 40 specific topics, including appetite and breathing problems, bleeding and bruising, depression, hair loss, nausea, and infection. Each begins with a description of symptoms, followed by detailed paragraphs on diagnosis and treatment considerations. Here, Moore and Schmais succinctly outline the treatment-related causes--and other potential factors--behind each problem. Page-long discussions of prevention and remedies offer proven conventional and alternative medical solutions and sometimes include an equally helpful list titled "We Don't Recommend."

The remaining portion addresses more challenging emotional and practical concerns: stress, death and dying, nutrition, exercise, sex, and sexuality. Multiple sidebars dot many of the book's 250-plus pages, spotlighting key points about the topic at hand. Upbeat, highly accessible, and carefully compiled, this worthwhile guide offers cancer patients invaluable help and the hope necessary to implement it. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Longtime friends Moore, an oncology nurse practitioner, and Schmais, a writer, talked with hundreds of patients and health-care providers in venues from Gilda's Club to Sloane Kettering Memorial Hospital. They advocate approaching cancer as if it were a chronic illness such as diabetes. Instead of accepting a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence, they say, people should empower themselves to take charge of their health. After the initial diagnosis, the authors encourage people to write a list of questions for their physician, employing a tape recorder and a companion to clarify the discussion points. The authors then discuss the most common early stages diagnosis, treatment options, clinical trials and treatment. The crux of the book is a detailed examination of common side effects such as hair loss and nausea, and less-known ones including heartburn, fever and hot flashes, followed by a discussion of medical and natural treatments. Finally, Moore and Schmais explain practical information such as hospice care, living wills and medical directives. While cancer patients obviously need to rely on a full complement of specialists, this volume is an excellent resource for both patients and their relatives or friends. This seminal medical reference is the equivalent of the What to Expect series, providing patients with answers to the many questions they may not be able to ask their doctors. Readers will learn that theirs is a shared experience, and that it's possible to limit the discomfort and pain that almost all cancer patients endure.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (March 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399527516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399527517
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Lyons on May 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The title is inspiring. I am undergoing my first up close and personal cancer experience, as one of my best friends is undergoing chemotherapy. I am desperate for someone to tell me that she will indeed live well again. This book helped to set my mind at ease. It is easy for a layperson, ignorant about cancer and it's treatments, to understand. I am encouraged by their approach that cancer is a treatable condition, compared to diabetes, that you can live with. If you are receptive to alternative medicines used in conjunction with conventional methods, this book offers a lot of good suggestions. If you frown on alternative medicines, the book is not for you. I was also reading it to see if it was worthy of passing on to my girlfriend. I will do that, along with some gifts suggested to help her through this time - lavendar scented bubble bath, wash and lotions (for relaxation), a beginner's yoga video (for exercise and stress relief) and a terry turban (she complains the wig is uncomfortable).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My father passed away two years ago after a ten year battle with cancer. While he did receive excellent care during his time in the hospital, he was later moved to a nursing home. Again, the care was adequate, but with such a vast number of residents, there was little time for hand-holding or explanation of what to expect as the disease worsened. While the doctor explained the disease, treatment and possible side effects of treatment, very vaguely I might add, there was little information given on what to expect in the years or months remaining, other than he would be kept "as comfortable as possible." Trying to pin down answers from doctors whose case loads were already stretched far beyond the limit was like trying to catch a feather in a wind storm. I began to wonder how many others were left in this same position.
While this book is not the most extensive one written on the subject, it is a good place to start. It is written in a straight-forward manner by an author who is well qualified in her field. With cancer, it is difficult for the lay person to know and understand what to expect, what symptoms are caused from the cancer itself and what symptoms are caused from the side-effects of treatment and medication. Cancer is not an illness which affects only the patient, it is equally as devastating for the family, particularly when the prognosis is "terminal." "Living with Cancer" answers many questions and concerns expressed by both patient and family. The emotional and physical changes are like taking a ride, blindfolded, on the world's largest roller coaster. You cannot see what is ahead, nor do you know when the highs and lows will hit, and there are generally far more lows than highs - suddenly, in a split second, they hit with relentless force.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tobe on August 30, 2001
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This is a truly wonderful book. It alphabetically lists every effect & side effect of cancer and cancer treatments, and gives in depth suggestions on how to deal with these effects. It discusses the medical point of view, and goes all the way to holistic ways, and natural herbal remedies. I found that reading this book from cover to cover gave me a fantastic overview about what I could expect to see my Mom go through as she struggled with cancer, and it enabled me to help her with good suggesstions to increase her comfort and appetite. If you don't want to be clueless, you'll probably like this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "polymore" on February 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is the still the only one that is so easy to read, direct and completely reassuring. It just helps to have a place to look up the symptoms and be able to gauge how bad it is and when to call the oncology nurse. It tells the reader the words to use to describe the problem when making the call so that the problem is heard!
A big plus is the discussion with every symptom of non-conventional remedies.
This book is for anyone with any cancer and even their friends and family to explain what is going on and what to do.
This book is a must have for every survivor!
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