American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Family Caregiving: The Essential Guide to Cancer Caregiving at Home / Edition 2

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Updated to provide the latest information, techniques, resources, and insights into caregiving, this practical guide offers manageable solutions to the many conditions and situations caregivers may face. From physical and emotional conditions, to dealing with health care providers and insurance carriers this resource helps teach caregivers to take care of their own needs as well as those of the person with cancer. Offering thorough, concise checklists, questions to ask the doctor, signs and symptoms to note, and where and when to turn for more help, this reference includes a comprehensive list of specific resources, as well as a large glossary of terms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944235003
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Series: American Cancer Society Complete Guide t Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter S. Houts, PhD, is a retired professor of behavioral science at Penn State University College of Medicine. A social psychologist, Dr. Houts has conducted research for more than twenty-five years on how cancer patients cope with their illness. He has developed and evaluated innovative interventions to help cancer patients and their family caregivers cope with illness. He has also directed surveys focusing on the problems and unmet needs of people dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Houts was a co-developer of the psychoeducational COPE Model, which is widely used in applying problem-solving techniques to cope with illness. He continues to mentor colleagues and act as a consultant on research dealing with applying problem-solving education and counseling to health care. Dr. Houts is coauthor of numerous publications on caring for cancer patients and helping those dealing with cancer to cope with it effectively. Julia A. Bucher RN, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Community Health Nursing. Her previous experience includes caring for people with cancer at home and helping their families as a cancer clinical nurse specialist. She has designed and evaluated several types of supportive community services to help people with cancer and their families cope. Dr. Bucher uses a problem-solving approach to teach students and families how to deal with problems using a focused, step-by-step approach. She received her PhD in community systems planning and development from Penn State in 1992 and has been affiliated with the American Cancer Society for several decades as a volunteer, statewide planner, and data manager. She is dedicated to making life easier for those facing the cancer challenge. Terri Ades, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN is director of Cancer Information for the American Cancer Society National Home Office in Atlanta. In this position, she oversees the development and maintenance of the Society’s cancer information that is available through the Society’s Web site, toll-free call center, patient education/consumer awareness materials, and translations. Dr. Ades is an oncology clinician and expert in health literacy. She is certified as an advanced practice oncology nurse and family nurse practitioner. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory Healthcare where she continues in clinical practice in the Hematology Outpatient Clinic at Grady.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Managin Care
Chapter 1: Understanding Caregiving
Chapter 2: Helping Children Understand
Chapter 3: Coordinating Care from One Treatment Setting to Another
Chapter 4: Getting Help from Community Agencies and Volunteer Groups
Chapter 5: Getting Information from Medical Staff
Part II: Emotional Conditions
Chapter 6: Anxiety
Chapter 7: Depression
Part III: Physical Conditions
Chapter 8: Loss of Appetite
Chapter 9: Bleeding
Chapter 10: Cancer Pain
Chapter 11: Confusion and Seizures
Chapter 12: Constipation
Chapter 13: Diarrhea
Chapter 14: Fever and Infections
Chapter 15: Mouth Problems
Chapter 16: Nausea and Vomiting
Chapter 17: Skin Problems
Chapter 18: Sleep
Chapter 19: Veins and Vein Punctures
Part IV: Living With Cancer and Cancer Treatments
Chapter 20: Hair Loss
Chapter 21: Lymphedema
Chapter 22: Mobility: Getting Around Safely
Chapter 23: Ostomies and Protheses
Chapter 24: Sexual Issues
Chapter 25: Tiredness and Fatigue
Part V: Cancer Treatments and Transitioning from Curing to Caring
Chatper 26: Surgery
Chapter 27: Radiation Therapy
Chapter 28: Chemotherapy
Chapter 29: Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplants
Chapter 30: Targeted Therapies
Chapter 31: Biological Therapy
Chapter 32: Hormone Therapy
Chapter 33: Clinical Trials
Chapter 34: Paying for Treatments
Chapter 35: Transitioning from Curing to Caring

Abby S. Bloch, Ph.D., R.D. executive

director, programs and research, the Robert & Veronica

Atkins Foundation, New York, NY.

Cynthia A. Thomson,

Ph.D., R.D.
associate professor, nutritional sciences,

University of Arizona.

Kathryn Hamilton, M.A.,

R.D., C.D.N.
Carol G. Simon Cancer

Center, Morristown, NJ.

Barbara Grant, M.S., R.D.

oncology nutritionist, St Alphonsus Regional

Medical cancer care center, Boise, ID.

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