Battling And Beating Cancerby Charlene McMann-Seaman, Scott Seaman
Battling And Beating Cancer - The Cancer Survival Book is an inspiring story of a couple fighting cancer together. It provides a poignant and enlightening look at cancer from the perspectives of patient and caregiver - covering the highs and lows from diagnosis, to surgery, to chemotherapy, to radiation, to follow-up, to fighting back for people impacted by/i>
Battling And Beating Cancer - The Cancer Survival Book is an inspiring story of a couple fighting cancer together. It provides a poignant and enlightening look at cancer from the perspectives of patient and caregiver - covering the highs and lows from diagnosis, to surgery, to chemotherapy, to radiation, to follow-up, to fighting back for people impacted by cancer.
The book covers cancer survival from A to Z, including (1) the basics about cancer in general and blood cancers (lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma) in particular; (2) selecting the best doctors and assembling your health care team; (3) understanding tests, diagnostic tools, and staging; (4) obtaining a prompt and proper diagnosis and getting second opinions; (5) taking advantage of conventional treatments, revolutionary treatments, and clinical trials; (6) selecting the most effective treatment for your cancer; (7) surviving your hospital stay; (8) understanding survival rates and making appropriate adjustments to put the odds in your favor; (9) developing a “cancer warrior” mentality; (10) dealing with fears, scanxiety, and thriving as a cancer survivor: (11) taking advantage of complementary and integrative therapies and a healthy lifestyle to help you beat cancer; (12) understanding the role of the immune system in beating cancer; (13) explaining why blood cancer research is the superhighway to curing cancer; and (14) setting out the authorś national call to action to cure cancer through cancer education and awareness, patient advocacy, fundraising, organizing, cogent research, and public policy advocacy.
Battling and Beating Cancer is loaded with checklists, tips, and tools, including:
- a detailed list of questions to ask your doctors at each critical phase
- pointers doctors may forget to tell you
- a checklist of legal and insurance documents
- tips for dealing with common side effects of treatment
- a listing of organizations, websites, and resources available to help you get the support and information you need about your type of cancer and the treatments and clinical trials available to you.
- It also includes a patient’s medical information workbook to help you record relevant information. You will want to bring the book with you so that you have important information at your finger tips.
The Foreword is written by leading hematologist-oncologist Stephanie A. Gregory, MD and transplant physician Henry C. Fung, MD, Rush University Medical Center. Aptly titled, this book is all about beating cancer.
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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago I didn't know what to do. I was in shock, in denial and didn't know where to turn or where to go. From my own experience and having to deal with it, I wish I had this book then. It is informative, direct, real, sincere, educational, funny, inspiring, sad yet uplifting. It tells you what to do from diagnosis until end of treatment. There are day to day journals for you to follow on your treatment. I gave it to my sister-in-law to read because her mom has cancer and she is taking care of her. This book is for everyone involved with cancer. It helps the patient, family member, friends and caregivers. I would even suggest the medical field to read it, they may learn from it. It is a must read for anyone dealing with cancer, family, friend or caregiver.
You don't generally think of a book about cancer as being a "page turner," but this book really is a page turner. I went cover to cover the day it arrived. The first part reads like a good novel. You can relate to what they are going through at each point, you want to find out what will happen next, and the book answers so many questions along the way. The authors tell things in an candid way and do not sugar coat anything. It is inspiring because Scott beats lymphoma and because Charlene and Scott helped so many people through creating a walkathon, educating patients, and raising a lot of money for research. They say cancer survivors are obligated to help others and they are right. The book also is a medical book written in a way that patients can understand. It covers a lot of ground: investigating and picking doctors and hospitals, understanding tests, survival rates, treatment options, the importance of the immmune system, how to increase your chances of surviving cancer and the treatments, how to get past the pitfalls of hospital stays and treatements, the mental aspects of cancer and how to cope with them, and what we should do as survivors and as a country to cure cancer. The authors put a lot of thought into all aspects of surviving cancer and know what they are writing about. Scott is a lawyer, but you will like him anyway. Charlene was his strength and inspiration. Their love and team work shine through. The book also has so many useful checklists such as a list of organizations and websites about cancer and related topics, all of the questions to research or ask your doctors about (they call it deposing your doctor), and places to take notes and keep track of your own medical information. As a cancer patient, there are so many feelings that I can relate to and so many helpful hints. I have read several books on cancer, but this was the best. If you have cancer, had cancer, or love somebody with cancer, read this book!