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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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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. "Living with Cancer" covers topics from initial diagnosis, medical/natural treatments and side effects to hospice care and living wills. It is a good basic book, but I do wish the topics had been expanded upon in greater detail.
I'm a scientist, so my family always calls me when they don't understand what they hear from their doctors. However, when they got the information that my father-in-law was dying of NHL, I could answer the questions of what NHL is, how the treatments are supposed to work, and what are the risk factors, but not the questions about what anyone could do for him. I live far from my family, but bought several copies of this book and sent them to relatives near where my father-in-law was being treated. It really helped the family to understand what he was going through and what to expect during his treatment. I really believe that it helped them talk with eachother and to come up with things that they could do to make him more comfortable. At a time when we all felt helpless, this really helped us find things that we could do.