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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Margaret R Hurst, BSN (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This guide is designed for use by patients and their families after a diagnosis of brain cancer.
Purpose: Facing a life-threatening illness such as this is fraught with uncertainty. Learning about the diagnosis and subsequent treatment can help ease the uncertainty that comes with a new diagnosis. The book is fairly comprehensive and meets these objectives.
Audience: Although written for all patients and their families, the book seems geared to an audience that has had some type of formal education, at least through high school.
Features: The book comprehensively covers many of the questions that patients and their families may have when dealing with brain cancer. There is only one illustration, and perhaps more might be provided to help the more visual learner. Patients and their families usually have little to no knowledge of anatomy or medical procedures, and illustrations can help better explain certain things.
Assessment: Overall, the book would be most useful to patients and families who have at least a high school education, and may be too difficult for those reading at a lower grade level. For patients who fit into this category, this is an excellent guide.