Facing Cancer

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Uniquely supportive of the emotional, social, and familial aspects of living with cancer, Facing Cancer is for anyone whose life is affected by this diagnosis -- yourself, a family member or friend, or even a health care professional. Written by the leading physicians in their respective fields -- psychiatry and oncology -- Facing Cancer is the only reference that combines top-tier medical information and compassionate counsel on cancer, its causes, and treatments with a caring approach to the emotional aspects ...
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Overview

Uniquely supportive of the emotional, social, and familial aspects of living with cancer, Facing Cancer is for anyone whose life is affected by this diagnosis -- yourself, a family member or friend, or even a health care professional. Written by the leading physicians in their respective fields -- psychiatry and oncology -- Facing Cancer is the only reference that combines top-tier medical information and compassionate counsel on cancer, its causes, and treatments with a caring approach to the emotional aspects of living with this diagnosis. This book gives you solid, trustworthy information in distinctive chapters that answer the most pertinent questions about cancer. It features integrative and complementary therapies, including faith and prayer, and the best medical advice on nutritional and other health-building lifestyle changes. Facing Cancer provides the best information on cancer and its treatment, guidance to the finest outside information sources, and advice on tried and true coping strategies for everyone involved. This book is vital to ease the loneliness, fear, and pain of facing this diagnosis.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Melody L. McKinney, DNS, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This book provides up-to-date medical information from an oncologist and compassionate insight from a professor of psychiatry on cancer and its treatment. Additional guidance is offered in the form of outside resources and advice on coping strategies to manage the loneliness, fear, and pain inherent in facing a cancer diagnosis. Also included are chapters on the complementary therapies of faith and prayer, along with nutritional and other healthy lifestyle recommendations.
Purpose: The book is designed to assist anyone whose life is affected by cancer: patients, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals.
Audience: The book should be useful to the person with cancer, as well as to family, friends, and lay and professional caregivers. Chapter contributors are predominantly physicians who are experts in the fields of medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, and psychiatry.
Features: The book consists of 33 chapters covering a multitude of cancer topics from the basic question of "What is cancer?" to new therapies and protocols and complex issues such as rational suicide and euthanasia. The book is written in everyday language without being overly simplistic. The first section presents information needed to deal with the cancer diagnosis and understanding how that news affects all members of the family. The next section presents information needed to understand treatment options, manage side effects, and use complementary therapies. The final section addresses end of life issues, including living wills. Additional features include a brief outline that begins each chapter, a glossary of terms, an index, and blank pages for note taking.
Assessment: Although the authors have met the goal for a useful reference with minimal medical jargon, the average cancer patient may still have difficulty understanding much of the technical information. This well written and up-to-date book would be useful to ancillary oncology care professionals in guiding cancer patients and their caregivers through information pertaining to their diagnosis, treatment, nutrition, and symptom management, and would also be useful to the high school or better educated cancer patient and family.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071414913
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/18/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 0.96 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Theodore A. Stern, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Avery D. Weisman Psychiatry Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Board certified in psychiatry and neurology, Dr. Stern is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters and 10 books, including The Massachusetts General Hospital Guide to Primary Care Psychiatry.

Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D., M.S., is a staff oncologist at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, and a former Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. A leading oncologist, Dr. Sekeres has written on topics in oncology for both the medical professional as well as the general public. His work has been published in both scientific and nonscientific journals.

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Table of Contents

Contributors xi
Preface xix
Acknowledgments xxi
1 What Is Cancer? 1
2 Hearing the News: Reactions to Receiving the Diagnosis of Cancer 13
3 The Different Types of Cancer 21
4 Delivering the News 55
5 Early Detection of Cancer: The Implications of Screening Tests 63
6 Epidemiology of Cancer--You Are Not Alone 79
7 The Impact of Cancer on the Family 89
8 Genetic Risk for Cancer 99
9 The Meaning of Cancer to Children 113
10 Helping Children Cope with a Parent's Cancer 125
11 Diagnosis and Staging 137
12 Information Resources 147
13 Lifestyle Modifications 159
14 Chemotherapy 169
15 Cognitive Impairment Associated with Cancer and Its Treatment 179
16 Radiation Therapy 191
17 The Use of Medications to Alter Mood and Behavior Associated with Cancer 203
18 New Therapies and Protocols 215
19 Psychological Interventions and Support Groups 229
20 Bone Marrow Transplantation 237
21 Alternative and Complementary Therapies 249
22 The Management of Pain 259
23 The Role of Faith in the Lives of People with Cancer 269
24 Fertility and Cancer 279
25 Depression and Anxiety Associated with Cancer 291
26 Multidisciplinary Care 299
27 Stress Reactions in Caregivers 307
28 The Portrayal of Cancer by the Media 319
29 Living Wills and Health Care Proxies 335
30 Treatment Decisions at the End of Life 343
31 Palliative Care and Hospice 357
32 Rational Suicide and Euthanasia 367
33 Grief and Bereavement 375
Glossary 389
Selected Resources 407
Index 429
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