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This helpful guide responds to the changing needs and challenges people with chronic illnesses face and offers support though the myriad situations they may encounter, from physical and emotional conditions to dealing with health care providers and insurance carriers. Including a list of resources for caregivers, this revised edition is an indispensable resource that will help to manage the everyday challenges that come with caring for a patient in the home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944235454
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter S. Houts, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Julia Bucher, R.N., Ph.D., is the regional manager of cancer control planning for the Pennsylvania Division of the American Cancer Society. She lives in Milton, Pennyslvania.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
How to Use This Book x
How to Read the Chapters x
A Six-Step Approach to Problem Solving xi
Cancer Treatments 1
Surgery 3
Chemotherapy 7
Radiation Therapy 12
Biological Therapies 18
Hormone Therapy 20
Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplants 22
Clinical Trials 27
Paying for Treatments 28
Managing Care 31
Understanding Caregiving 32
Helping Children Understand 46
Coordinating Care from One Treatment Setting to Another 62
Getting Help from Community Agencies and Volunteer Groups 69
Getting Information from Medical Staff 78
Emotional Conditions 87
Anxiety 88
Depression 100
Physical Conditions 115
Appetite 116
Bleeding 127
Cancer Pain 135
Confusion and Seizures 158
Constipation 165
Diarrhea 174
Fever and Infections 181
Mouth Conditions 190
Nausea and Vomiting 202
Skin Conditions 211
Vein Conditions (Needle Sticks) 221
Living with Cancer and Cancer Treatments 229
Hair Loss 230
Lymphedema 235
Mobility (Moving Around the House) 242
Ostomies and Prostheses 247
Sexual Conditions 254
Tiredness and Fatigue 263
Appendix 270
Resource Guide 271
Glossary 279
Index 285
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