Living with Lung Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Their Familiesby Barbara G. Cox, David T. Carr, Robert E. Lee, John Desley
For over 25 years, Living with Lung Cancer has been helping patients and their loved ones face the future with greater hope and confidence. Lung cancer is a scary disease. The new patient is understandably confused and frightened. The future is uncertain, and it's filled with a dazzling array of unfamiliar medical and surgical terms and procedures. Living with Lung… See more details below
For over 25 years, Living with Lung Cancer has been helping patients and their loved ones face the future with greater hope and confidence. Lung cancer is a scary disease. The new patient is understandably confused and frightened. The future is uncertain, and it's filled with a dazzling array of unfamiliar medical and surgical terms and procedures. Living with Lung Cancer helps people cope with the disease, it treatments and (maybe most of all) their nameless fears. By interviewing a large number of patients and their spouses, the authors learned the countless questions they have, including those that patients find difficult to ask in a doctor's office. Living with Lung Cancer provides easy-to-understand information about
• Diagnostic tests
• Treatments and their side effects
• The likely prognosis
• Coping with emotions
• Paying the bills What can you do when a friend has lung cancer? How about giving them a hug . . . and a copy of Living With Lung Cancer?
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book originally funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, that arose from patient requests to physicians for more information about their disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide to both patients and their families on the management of lung cancer. The objective is clearly a worthy one; the authors state that patients and families should be part of the team caring for them and information is a key component of that partnership.
Audience: The audience is patients and families. In planning the book, the authors conducted interviews of patients and families to determine the type of information that was needed. Patients and families also reviewed the book as it developed, providing feedback on topics. Three authors are physicians, one a retired physician from a major cancer center, one a radiation oncologist, and one a pulmonary specialist; all credible authorities in the area of lung cancer. The last author is a medical writer specializing in patient education.
Features: There are three main areas: an overview of the lungs and lung cancer; chapters on the three main treatment modalities of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy; and finally, areas on nutrition, stress, and alternate therapies. Case reports are used to synthesize the chapter information. Black-and-white illustrations are used that are high quality and useful. A major shortcoming is the lack of an index on additional sources of information. This should be considered a required component of patient education materials.
Assessment: Although this is a contribution to the patient education literature, it is written at a fairly high level and may be difficult for many people to understand. A thorough index of other readings and references for further inquiry such as the American Cancer Society, Cancer Care, and the National Cancer Institute would be helpful. In addition, web sites are being used more routinely for public education and should be included for the sophisticated consumer.
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