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

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Cancer. The word evokes shock and fear when test results come back and the physician delivers the news. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer, you have dozens of questions but may not know where to find answers.

"Now what?" "Where can I turn for information and support?" "How will this illness affect my family?" "Why me, God?"

This book is the first comprehensive guide to cancer written from a Christian perspective.
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Overview

Cancer. The word evokes shock and fear when test results come back and the physician delivers the news. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer, you have dozens of questions but may not know where to find answers.

"Now what?" "Where can I turn for information and support?" "How will this illness affect my family?" "Why me, God?"

This book is the first comprehensive guide to cancer written from a Christian perspective.
It tackles your tough questions-spiritual as well as physical-and addresses a variety of topics, including:

-causes of cancer
-testing, diagnosis, and treatment
-alternative medicine
-the mind-body connection
-fear, faith, and doubt
-life after the diagnosis

In addition to explaining medical terminology with easy-to-understand language, the authors offer examples from real life, hard-won insights, and practical answers to common questions. Both informative and comforting, this guide will prove useful to cancer patients and their loved ones, pastors, counselors, and hospice groups.

"This manual answers questions about not only the physical effects of cancer but also the spiritual side of a life-threatening illness . . . anyone whose life has been touched by cancer must read this book."--Tom Landry, former coach, Dallas Cowboys

"This book is excellent. I am so glad to see someone publish a book from a Christian view."--Wendy J. Smith, RN, BSN, OCN, supervisor, Norristown Regional Cancer Center

"I have already recommended this book to co-workers who are facing cancer in their immediate families and will not hesitate to do so again."--Geraldine Brickhouse Barber, cancer survivor

William A. Fintel, M.D., is a practicing oncologist with Oncology and Hematology Associates of Southwest Virginia in Salem and medical director of Good Samaritan Hospice in Roanoke.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801065019
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 528,508
  • 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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