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Navigating the C: A Nurse Charts the Course for Cancer Survivorship Care Paperback – January 8, 2018
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About the Author
Alene Nitzky, Ph.D., is a registered nurse certified in oncology, health coach, cancer exercise trainer, and CEO/Founder of Cancer Harbors®. When her clients with chronic health conditions expressed difficulty in getting help to improve the quality of their lives, she discovered the importance of communicating with patients in a way that can be understood, while teaching skills that could be applied to their lifestyles. As an athlete diagnosed with thyroid disease, Nitzky struggled to get back to the high level of performance and function she once had. She only got relief when she found a doctor who treated her as a person, not a disease.
As an oncology nurse, she recognized the disruption to her patients’ lives that cancer treatment caused, including their families’ routines and needs. Unprepared for the lingering effects after treatment was complete, patients felt abandoned by their treatment team and fearful the cancer might come back, without knowing how to cope with the ongoing fatigue and other symptoms they had. After attending support groups, and listening to patients and cancer survivors in her own family, her community, and on social media, Nitzky developed Cancer Harbors to address the gaps in survivorship care, to assist people in gaining more control over restoring their health, and to build skills in self-advocacy and self-care.
Prior to nursing, Nitzky earned a doctorate in recreation resources from Colorado State University, studying health benefits of leisure. She has taught kinesiology, wellness, and fitness at the college level, and coached collegiate athletes and recreational runners of all ages.
A Nightingale Award nominee for advocacy in nursing, she speaks and writes about running, fitness, and health care, and her work has appeared in guest blogposts, book chapters, Kevin MD, Ultrarunning Magazine, Runners’ World, Barefoot Running U.K., and other print and online publications. She has been a columnist on running for The Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado’s local paper, and a blogger on cancer survivorship for Oncology Nursing Society and Oncology Nursing News. A pastel artist and accomplished ultra-endurance runner, she lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband and their two Australian Shepherds.
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As a health coach, specializing in cancer recovery post treatment, I feel that this is a MUST read for all of my clients. Thank you, Dr. Nitzky, for writing such an important book, addressing a topic that is long overdue.
This book is an awesome resource for patients and caregivers and should be required reading in med school, nursing school, and continuing education for medical professionals.
I will note as a breast cancer survivor I was asked to review this on an early release AND I have purchased a physical book copy for my own library. That is how strongly I feel about this book.
As a community provider of supportive services to cancer patients myself, this book allowed me even greater insight in guiding my clients through their journey. The author does a compelling job of demystifying and pulling back the curtain on the all stakeholders involved in cancer care today.
I believe other healthcare providers, administrators, anyone on the front lines of caring for cancer patients, and including patients themselves, would benefit from reading this book.
I would highly recommend this as a valuable resource to have on one's shelf and kept within easy reach.
providing care to someone with a serious illness or simply wanting to know more about how to approach serious illness.
The fact is that most of us will be sick one day or be the caregiver to someone who is sick.
It may be cancer but it could be some other illness. This book provides one with questions to ask yourself and your health care provider,
among other very useful information to deal with illness and navigate the twists and turns of the healthcare system and the changes the illness