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Live Longer, Live Larger: A Hollistic Approach for Cancer Patients and Their Families

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One of every three Americans faces cancer. With the diagnosis comes a maelstrom of fears about the future and complex decisions about treatment. In this world turned upside down it is difficult to find the right answers, much less be certain that the right questions are asked. It is hard to balance the desire to find a cure and extend life, and the wish to prevent side effects of treatment. At the same time, patients and families must deal with powerful emotions, keep hope for the future, and maintain a sense of ...

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One of every three Americans faces cancer. With the diagnosis comes a maelstrom of fears about the future and complex decisions about treatment. In this world turned upside down it is difficult to find the right answers, much less be certain that the right questions are asked. It is hard to balance the desire to find a cure and extend life, and the wish to prevent side effects of treatment. At the same time, patients and families must deal with powerful emotions, keep hope for the future, and maintain a sense of meaning in life.Live Longer, Live Larger is a handbook for people who want a supportive companion in their response to cancer or other serious illness. It is based on the experience and hard-won wisdom of thousands of patients and families dealing with cancer: people of differing temperaments, backgrounds, and medical circumstances. Its stories, exercises and tools can help you survive a diagnosis of cancer to live longer, more meaningfully, and with a higher quality of life, regardless of prognosis or stage of disease. Topics covered include:

  • Conquering fear
  • Finding the right treatment for you
  • Using hope as good medicine
  • Surmounting barriers to treatment
  • Increasing quality and meaning of life
  • Redefining your relationship with cancer
  • Finding opportunity amidst the crisis
Authors William M. Buchholz, M.D., Hematology and Oncology, and Susan W. Buchholz, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, have worked since 1978 with patients and families facing life-threatening illness. Inspired by their patients, they have created a map to help other people successfully navigate the complex world of cancer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565928459
  • Publisher: Patient Centered Guides
  • Publication date: 8/27/2001
  • Series: Patient Centered Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Buchholz is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and hematology and has practiced hematology and oncology for over 25 years. He has served as a consultant to the Commonwealth Cancer Help Program.

Buchholz is a graduate of Johns Hopkins' Physician Assistant program and received her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the Fielding Institute. She has advanced training in biofeedback, self-hypnosis and the Enneagram.

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Table of Contents

A Letter to my Fellow Physicians
Preface
Pt. I In the Beginning
1 Responding to Your Diagnosis 2
2 Defining Your Relationship with Cancer 19
3 Overcoming Fear 35
4 Living a Larger Life 55
Pt. II Choosing Treatment
5 Setting Goals 76
6 Developing a Strategy 86
7 Making Action Plans 109
8 Overcoming Barriers to Treatment 126
Pt. III During Treatment
9 Maintaining a Positive Attitude 134
10 Maintaining Your Quality of Life 150
11 Overcoming Fatigue 165
12 Receiving Support 182
Pt. IV Remission
13 In Remission 198
14 Using Your Second Chance 206
15 Living Comfortably with Uncertainty 221
Pt. V Relapse
16 Back to Square Two 240
17 Crisis: Danger and Opportunity 254
18 Making Wise Choices 267
19 Your Last Chance for Today 283
Pt. VI Endgame
20 Playing the Endgame to Win 294
21 Doing It My Way 306
22 Living Fully Until You Die 321
23 On Being a Hero 331
24 Family Matters 346
A: Resources 357
B: The Medical Uses of Hope 361
C Pain Control 366
D Preparing for a Medical Examination 369
E: Values Statement 370
F: A Legend of Sovereignty 374
Notes 376
Index 378
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