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Be a Survivor Colorectal Cancer Treatment Guide Paperback – March 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0966361070 ISBN-10: 0966361075 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Be a Survivor
  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Lange Productions; 1 edition (March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966361075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966361070
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vladimir Lange, MD, has 30 years of clinical and multimedia experience with his Be a Survivor book series. A Harvard Medical School graduate, he is considered an authority on cancer patient support, and his respected Lange Productions books and videos are utilized worldwide.

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Facing Colorectal Cancer When your physician told you that you had colon cancer, you were probably flooded with a host of emotions: fear, anger, confusion. You may have felt crushed’or in complete denial. You probably didn’t remember anything your physician told you, and have no idea how to begin dealing with your situation. First of all, realize that a diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence. A lot of progress has been made in the field, and survival rates today are higher than ever before. Right now your first task is to make a decision that you will do everything you can to be successful in your battle against the cancer. Your positive attitude will be your best ally throughout your treatment and recovery. So, where to begin’ Here are the initial steps you need to take to get control of the situation: ‘ Acknowledge your feelings, realize that they are normal, but don’t let them affect your judgement. ‘ Assemble a network of healthcare professionals, friends and peers to help you deal with the situation. ‘ Learn all you can about the disease and the different treatment options. ‘ Most importantly, become an active participant in your treatment. Understanding Your Feelings The first few weeks after your diagnosis may be the hardest to handle. You may spend hours dwelling on questions such as ‘Why me’’ or ‘Will the cancer kill me’’ Or you might find yourself feeling ‘blue’ and depressed to the point of not caring about the outcome of your disease. You might snap in anger at friends or loved ones. This confusing roller coaster is natural. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your emotions slip out of your control every once in a while. You don’t need to be in perfect balance all the time. The best approach is to find someone you can talk to about what you are experiencing. This should be a mature, welladjusted person who can listen without passing judgment. Very close friends or family members may not be the best choice, because they can be too involved in the situation to remain objective. Ask your doctor, nurse, or social worker for referral for professional counseling or to a local support group of cancer survivors who meet regularly to offer mutual support. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers can be very helpful with problems such as depression, panic attacks, feelings of isolation, and other issues that concern you.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Louise Watson on March 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Finding this book was such a relief! It is difficult to find quality reading material that deals with this subject, especially in such a comforting, and easy-to-understand format. As a cancer survivor, and somebody who has been through many of the things described in this book, I would highly recommend it to everyone diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer. This book will walk you through the ordeal beginning at day one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet C. Jones on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on Dr. Lange's newest book

analzing Colorectal Cancer. I wanted to get it for a dear friend whose sister is battling the disease as we speak. Not only did I read the book for a greater understanding of the medical condition, I gave it to my friend in hopes it would help his sister.

One of the important points he, my friend, was able to glean from the book, is his role in helping her navigate the disease.

Her fear of the unknown, as well as the dire prognosis she has been given, has rendered her a single mother, unable to cope with her three children and her demanding life. This book faces the problem head on, with practical approaches for her family, as caregivers.

Lastly, the stories of recovery, and life after the disease, have have changed my friend's sister's outlook on her chances of surviving this dreaded cancer. that, in and of itself, makes the book a "must read" for those battling the colorectal cancer, as well as those helping the patient navigate the process.

Janet Jones
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E of Bend, Oregon on February 28, 2008
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2 1/2 yrs after an advanced colon cancer diagnosis, I'm still under chemo treatment and doing excellently.:) I've learned a ton! I recently found this book in the "chemo room." It seems to be "talkin' my language." I plan to buy one for myself and for others that I find myself encouraging along the way.
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