Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and Their Families

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Modern medicine has made amazing advances in the treatment of cancer, but most people still react with shock and fear when they receive the diagnosis. Cancer doesn't just affect the patient physically; it has emotional and spiritual implications as well. This comprehensive guide to cancer from a Christian perspective combines the hands-on experience of a medical doctor with the wisdom and compassion of a theologian. The book surveys a variety ...
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Overview

Modern medicine has made amazing advances in the treatment of cancer, but most people still react with shock and fear when they receive the diagnosis. Cancer doesn't just affect the patient physically; it has emotional and spiritual implications as well. This comprehensive guide to cancer from a Christian perspective combines the hands-on experience of a medical doctor with the wisdom and compassion of a theologian. The book surveys a variety of topics including:

-cancer testing, diagnosis, and treatments
-alternative therapies
-the mind-body connection
-faith, fear, healing, and doubts
-life after the diagnosis

Written in accessible language, this complete manual will help cancer patients as well as their families and friends. It is an essential resource for pastors, counselors, Stephen ministers, and hospice groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801065019
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,441,843
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

William Fintel (M.D.) is a practicing oncologist in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia and medical director of Good Samaritan Hospice in Roanoke.

Gerald McDermott (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is professor of religion and philosophy at Roanoke College. He has authored several books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Introduction: Why This Book? 7
1. What Is Cancer? How Good Cells Go Wrong 11
2. What Causes Cancer? Biological, Environmental, and Lifestyle Triggers 22
3. Has It Spread? How Far? Tests and Procedures You Might Expect 38
4. What Kind of Cancer Is It? Six Common Types of Cancer 60
Breast Cancer 61
Lung Cancer 88
Prostate Cancer 98
Colon and Rectal Cancer 109
Ovarian Cancer 121
Skin Cancer: Melanoma 129
5. What Can You Do for Me, Doc? Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy, and Biological Treatments 139
6. What Are My Rights? What to Expect as a Cancer Patient 168
7. What about Alternative Medicine? Sorting Out True from False Promises 176
8. Is There a Mind-Body Connection? What to Think of Some of Its Most Prominent Proponents 195
9. Dare I Hope for Healing? A Balanced Approach to the Possibility of Getting Well 212
10. Why Me, God? The Age-Old Problem of Evil--And Some Answers We Can't Accept 238
11. Is Cancer Part of God's Plan? Some Promising Answers to the Age-Old Question 244
12. What to Think When There Are No Answers: Coming to Terms with God's Mystery 260
13. How Do I Cope? Sources of Spiritual Peace and Strength 265
14. Why Not Suicide? Another Look at the Kevorkian Approach 283
15. What Is Hospice? Dying with Dignity 299
16. Is There Life after Cancer? How to Live Day to Day Once Everything Has Changed 308
Appendix A A Little Peek at Cellular Transcription and Translation 325
Appendix B Interventional Radiologists 331
Appendix C Important Sources for Cancer Support 335
Notes 339
Index 345
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