American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Colorectal Cancer

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Created by a prestigious panel of experts, this new book offers comprehensive coverage of colorectal cancer, the second most prevalent form of cancer in the world, which, with proper screening, is almost entirely preventable. It provides up-to-date, essential information about the disease, including prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment options, complementary and alternative therapies, coping, living well with cancer, caregiving, and much more. Throughout the text real cancer survivors offer their ...

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Overview

Created by a prestigious panel of experts, this new book offers comprehensive coverage of colorectal cancer, the second most prevalent form of cancer in the world, which, with proper screening, is almost entirely preventable. It provides up-to-date, essential information about the disease, including prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment options, complementary and alternative therapies, coping, living well with cancer, caregiving, and much more. Throughout the text real cancer survivors offer their experience dealing with this disease, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

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Colorectal cancer is one of the most common malignancies worldwide, second only to lung cancer as a cause of death. Though it can usually be cured if detected early, many people are embarrassed and/or unwilling to discuss changes in bowel habits with their physicians or to get screened. The American Cancer Society (ACS) guide addresses those most susceptible to the cancer (people over 50) as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. As with other ACS books, information abounds. Lead editor Levin (vice president for cancer prevention & population sciences, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr., Univ. of Texas) oversees easy-to-understand explanations of who is at risk and why and material on symptoms; diagnostic tests, including disease staging (how aggressive and widespread the disease is);treatment options (e.g., surgery, radiation therapy, alternative and complementary medicine); and coping with side effects and living with a colostomy. Also included is practical advice on clinical trials, choosing a doctor, communicating with the healthcare team, and insurance, money, and workplace issues. A former certified nurse midwife who was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, Livingston furnishes similar statistics and also discusses the reluctance of patients and society in general to talk about this disease. Her aim with this book is to provide practical information and emotional support. Unfortunately, the format of her personal story interspersed with sidebars highlighting important points does not make for easy consultation or supply in-depth information. Each sidebar contains a mere snippet of information; the author's personal odyssey of her survival is the book's focus. Livingston's title is not suggested for purchase. The ACS guide, however, is indispensable for patients and caregivers and is highly recommended for all libraries.-Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780944235553
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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The American Cancer Society is an organization committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation. Its goals emphasize prevention, early detection, and screening; comprehensive treatment information; answers to questions about insurance, money, and planning for the future; and strategies for coping with the physical symptoms and emotional effects of cancer. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia. Bernard Levin, MD, is vice president for cancer prevention and population sciences at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Terri B. Ades, MS, APRN, AOCN, is director of cancer information at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, is director of prostate and colorectal cancer at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. Christopher H. Crane, MD, is associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Paulo M. Hoff, MD, FACP, is associate professor of medicine and deputy chairman of clinical research in the department of gastrointestinal medical oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Paul J. Limburg, MD, MPH, is assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. David A. Rothenberger, MD, is professor of surgery in the department of surgery, and chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota, and associate director for clinical research and programs at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center in Minneapolis.

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