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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aarati D Didwania, MD, MSCI (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is an overview of issues faced by cancer survivors, including medical follow-up, sequelae from treatment regimens, long term psychological stress, and practical social issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information that serves the community of cancer survivors. Because the population of survivors is increasing and many practitioners will be seeing these patients in their practices, there is a need for a book like this.
Audience: Written for practitioners, this book will be useful for any practitioner who sees cancer survivors, such as internists, family practitioners, and oncologists.
Features: The information is organized by original cancer type, making it an easy to use reference. Issues such as psychological trauma and insurance are also addressed. A well written chapter on insurance/economic issues faced by survivors succinctly lays out state and federal acts impacting survivors.
Assessment: A few books provide information on late effects impacting survivors (Late Effects of Childhood Cancer, Wallace and Green (Oxford University Press, 2004), but this one is unique in its comprehensive discussion of survivors of both pediatric and adult cancers. It is a valuable resource for general practitioners who do not have access to long-term follow-up clinics.