Cancer Combat: Cancer Survivors Share Their Guerrilla Tactics to Help You Win the Fight of Your Lifeby Dean King, Jonathan Pearlroth, Jessica King
Here's what you need to know to fightand winthe battle against cancer.
A diagnosis of cancer is a call to arms, rallying the patient, family, friends, and medical team. In this important book, cancer survivors from around the country bring you into their lives, sharing their secret tactics for day-to-day survival to help you fight the battle of your… See more details below
Here's what you need to know to fightand winthe battle against cancer.
A diagnosis of cancer is a call to arms, rallying the patient, family, friends, and medical team. In this important book, cancer survivors from around the country bring you into their lives, sharing their secret tactics for day-to-day survival to help you fight the battle of your lifeand win.
In their own words, more than 80 cancer survivors, including students, athletes, actors, teachers, moms and dadsalong with their favorite medical professionalsprovide a valuable, intimate briefing on the fight ahead, from diagnosis to post-recovery. In Cancer Combat you will discover advice you cannot get elsewhere, the inside story from these veteranshow they felt and what they did to survive. Find out about:
How to get what you need from your medical team Coping with hair loss, no appetite, mouth sores Making your hospital room a home away from home Holding it togetherwork, dating, family, intimacy Maintaining your dignitycoping at the sperm bank Keeping your kids on trackcarpooling, little league games, home-cooked meals Billswhere to look for help and how to get it Information, support organizations, books, and much more
Cancer Combat, a book written by and for cancer fighters, teaches patients how they can fight back and win. This is a book with real, practical advice. It is a book that provides support. It is a book with attitude. And it is a book about entering the battle of your life and coming out a winner. Cancer Combat is the first book that presents winning techniques from cancer survivors n positive, hard-hitting anecdotes. This approach forms an upbeat sense of community in which the patient, friends, and family can take comfort and from which they can gain strength and confidence, and will generate the necessary will to survive and help prepare for battle.
Here, in brief anecdotes told firsthand, are the successful tactics used by more than 90 action-oriented people to defeat cancer. These smart, tough cancer fighters offer their personal stories which are gritty, often funny, and always on the money. The anecdotes address such subjects as when to turn to your nurse instead of your doctor, how to maintain your sex life when you look and feel rotten, and how to find an ally at your insurance company. Sidebars interspersed throughout the book will feature advice, suggestions, and stores from cancer care social workers, nurses, priests, rabbis and other spiritual mentors as well as encouraging facts and light-hearted suggestions, such as great funny movies to rent during treatment.
Fighting against cancer means refusing to quit, refusing to lose, and doing anything to win. This book will help every cancer patient to throw off feelings of victimization and despair, accept reality, and then fight the battle of their lives. >
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In my twenty-five years as an oncologist, treating cancer in almost every form, I continue to be humbled by this disease, which spares no age group and often strikes with no clear cause. But I have also been impressed and profoundly inspired by the tremendous strength demonstrated by positively focused cancer patients. These individuals are able to rebound from the initial loss of control that comes with a cancer diagnosis and obtain the strength not only to battle the disease on a personal basis but at the same time to inspire those around them in a team effort. The successful journey from despair to gaining control is not only reassuring to the patient but also creates a sense of urgency in the attending doctors and nurses and encourages families and friends to rally around the patient.
What is it that gives these patients the willpower and dignity to wage a successful battle against cancer? That's what this book is all about. It is about how to take control, how to gain momentum from each small victory, and how to rebound from the setbacks. It is about how to becomewith the help of your chosen support teammentally, physically, and often spiritually stronger in standing up to this life-threatening disease.
Cancer Combat is ultimately about gaining a useful and practical perspective in this determined fight for health. Its message is delivered in short, useful anecdotes that make the experience less lonely, less painful, and more positive. The advice of these cancer survivors covers everything from where they sought second opinions and spiritual strength to how they made hospital stays and chemotherapy less unpleasantand thus more productive.
The insights of these cancer veterans were gained through personal experience. In that sense, they are the experts. Their suggestionsuseful to both patients and professionals dealing with this diseaserange from little things you can do to counteract the side effects of treatment, like using a plastic spoon instead of a metal one when chemotherapy has given you a metallic taste in your mouth, to ways to motivate yourself to keep up the fight, like figuring out how to maintain your sex life while you're in the hospital in order to remind yourself of some of the reasons why life is worth living in the first place. The stories told here reveal just how remarkably resilient and resourceful people can be.
During the battle against cancerno matter who you arethere will be times of confusion, uncertainty, fear, and anger, which must be weathered with the best spirit you can muster. Cancer Combat can function as a back-pocket support group to help you take control. If you are facing a certain difficulty, find out how the contributorsnormal people just like youbridged that valley. Their stories may be able to help you navigate the valleys and peaks of the cancer experience and allow you to sustain a more predictable life during treatment. Sure enough, following a tough period, a time of rest and a glimmer of optimism may return to propel you forward.
The book's message is clear, powerful: Not only can you survive cancer, you can emerge stronger and wiser than before. Accept the fact that you have cancer. Make treating cancer a part of your life, but do not let it dominate you. Remain confident and maintain your personal strength and will to fight. Have a sense of humor about it when you can. These are the approaches that stand out in people who are successful.
There is no right or wrong way to carry on this battle. Only your way. The information in this book can serve as a road map to finding your way. Take strength inand heed the advice ofthose who have traveled the routes before you, but pick your own path, one that satisfies your personality, your needs, and your desires. And remember, doctors and hospitals can treat cancer, and mitigate the pain of treatment, better today than ever before. Armed with this knowledge and the insights available to you in Cancer Combat, make your experience as life-affirming as possible.
Samuel Waxman, M.D., Zena and Michael A. Wiener Professor of Medicine, Director, Rochelle Belfer Chemotherapy Foundation Laboratory and Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York
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In the spring of 2002, I learned that I had Hodgkin's lymphoma. It was a scary and uncertain time for me, and I looked for books that might help give me information and ideas. "Cancer Combat" was the book that I choose, and it was a huge help to me. I highly recommend it to anyone who is going through cancer, or to those who have a loved one going through cancer. The ideas in the book helped to get me into warrior mode, and to prepare for the fight of my life - which I was fortunate enough to emerge from. Art