100 Questions And Answers About Esophogeal Cancer


This book gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. Written by three esophageal cancer experts and an actual patient.
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This book gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. Written by three esophageal cancer experts and an actual patient.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763745707
  • Publisher: Jones & Barlett Learning
  • Publication date: 12/31/2007
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 0.39 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
Foreword vii
Dedications ix
Part 1 The Basics 1
Questions 1-6
What is the esophagus? What does the esophagus do?
What is cancer?
What is cancer of the esophagus?
What causes esophageal cancer?
Part 2 Risk and Prevention 9
Questions 7-18
What are risk factors?
Is esophageal cancer hereditary?
What are the warning signs of esophageal cancer?
Will taking heartburn medications help prevent esophageal cancer?
Part 3 Diagnosis and Staging 27
Questions 19-25
How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?
What tests are preformed to aid in the diagnosis?
What does my doctor mean by "stage of disease," and why is staging important?
Part 4 Coping with the Diagnosis 39
Questions 26-39
I've been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. What should I do now?
How do I select a surgeon or medical oncologist?
Should I get a second opinion?
What else can I do to strengthen myself before treatment?
What is the right thing to say to my loved one?
Part 5 Treatment Options 67
Questions 40-80
What things should I consider when making treatment choices?
Will I have pain? What are my options to treat it if I do?
What are the latest developments in esophageal cancer treatment? How do I find out about them?
Part 6 Living with Esophageal Cancer 123
Questions 81-95
I don't seem to have much of an appetite after treatment. How can I improve my appetite and nutrition during and after treatment?
Will I be able to work during and after treatment?
How do I get my life back to normal?
Part 7 If Treatment Fails: Advocacy and Support 149
Questions 96-100
Where does esophageal cancer usually spread? What are the symptoms that indicate my cancer has spread?
What happens if the cancer comes back?
My treatment doesn't seem to be working. What should I do to prepare myself and my family for the future?
Appendix 157
Glossary 161
Index 167
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