Colon & Rectal Cancer: From Diagnosis to Treatment

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This handy, reassuring guide helps recently diagnosed patients answer pressing questions, such as How far advanced is the disease? What tests are involved? and What treatments will be recommended? and understand the often confusing and intimidating medical jargon. In addition, this fully updated second edition is a quick, reliable reference to the most current procedures and treatment options. Among these are the increasingly popular trend of using chemotherapy and radiation prior to surgery, targeted therapies ...

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Overview

This handy, reassuring guide helps recently diagnosed patients answer pressing questions, such as How far advanced is the disease? What tests are involved? and What treatments will be recommended? and understand the often confusing and intimidating medical jargon. In addition, this fully updated second edition is a quick, reliable reference to the most current procedures and treatment options. Among these are the increasingly popular trend of using chemotherapy and radiation prior to surgery, targeted therapies involving newer drugs that limit their focus to the cancer cells, the use of laparoscopic surgery, and latest approaches in radiation therapy and chemotherapy drugs. This work also reviews symptoms and risk factors for colon cancer, how the disease may be prevented, and pros and cons of various treatments. 

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“Ruggieri's addition to Addicus' short and to-the-point consumer health books conforms to the high standards of its predecessors.”  —Booklist

"This book is highly recommended for consumer health collections and will be a helpful reference for patients, families and caregivers." —Consumer Connection of the American Medical Library Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886039056
  • Publisher: Addicus Books
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,381,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ruggieri, MD, is a surgeon on staff at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He is the author of A Simple Guide to Thyroid Disorders and The Surgery Handbook—A Guide to Understanding Your Operation. He lives in Bristol, Rhode Island. Addison R. Tolentino, MD, is a medical oncologist with the Avera Medical Group in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is board-certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments V

Introduction vii

1 Colorectal Cancer: An Overview 1

2 Getting a Diagnosis 17

3 Staging Colorectal Cancer 28

4 Surgery 36

5 Chemotherapy 54

6 Radiation Therapy 71

7 Follow-up Care 81

8 Prevention and Early Detection 89

Appendix 97

Resources 101

Glossary 105

Index 113

About the Authors 123

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