Living With Lymphoma

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When neurobiologist Elizabeth M. Adler was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, she learned everything she could about the disease, both to cope with the emotional stress of being diagnosed and to make sure she made the best possible decisions for her treatment. In Living with Lymphoma, she combines her knowledge of lymphoma—both scientific and personal—with the desire to help other patients come to grips with this complex, and often baffling, disease.

Adler thoroughly explains the disease, describing the many different kinds of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the wide range of symptoms, and the various treatment options available. Convinced that understanding lymphoma's biological basis will help patients make better treatment decisions, Adler explains basic cell biology and how the immune system functions. Readers will gain sufficient background to understand and evaluate medical literature, and to ask their physicians questions specific to their own needs.

In the introduction, Dr. Michael R. Bishop of the National Institutes of Health provides a physician's perspective on the delicate nature of doctor-patient relationships in the context of a life-threatening disease—especially the importance of patient education and open communication in making decisions about treatment options and quality of life.

Drawing on her scientific expertise and personal journey—as well as her empathy, passion, and humor—Adler has created a valuable guide for people with lymphoma and the people caring for them.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review

A wide range of library holdings will want to make this a basic reference; from public libraries to college health collections.


A wide range of library holdings will want to make this a basic reference; from public libraries to college health collections.

Lymphoma Information Network - Mike Barela

It is the most complete explanation of what goes on I've found and is excellent... I highly recommend it for patients, loved ones, and anyone who would like to understand what is lymphoma.

Oncolink - Carolyn Vachani

As a patient, I feel the need to learn all I can about any new diagnosis... this is the most comprehensive book I have seen on the subject, short of a medical text... OncoLink highly recommends this guide.

Library Journal
Lymphoma survivor Adler (associate editor, Science magazine's Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment) combined her personal experience with her neurobiology background to create this well-researched guide for lymphoma patients. Her book is divided into three parts: "Living with Lymphoma," which focuses on symptoms and diagnosis; "Treating Lymphoma," which details chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and other therapies; and "Understanding Lymphoma," which provides a deeper explanation of the biology of cancer cells and the immune system. Adler's personal experiences are integrated into the medical material. Extensive footnotes for each chapter, a glossary, and illustrations in the third section aid in understanding. The book's reading level is quite high, falling somewhere between that of Lorraine Johnston's Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options and an oncology textbook. While this makes it inappropriate for many readers, those desiring a more in-depth treatment will appreciate it. Recommended for larger public and consumer health libraries.-Eris Weaver, Librarian on the Loose, Cotati, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801881794
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth M. Adler, Ph.D., is associate editor at Science magazine's Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment (STKE).

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface : journeys in a dark wood
Ch. 1 What is lymphoma? 3
Ch. 2 Symptoms and diagnosis 15
Ch. 3 Chemotherapy 67
Ch. 4 Radiation therapy, combined modality therapy, and surgery 128
Ch. 5 Monoclonal antibodies and other magic bullet therapies 147
Ch. 6 Stem cell transplants 171
Ch. 7 Unconventional therapies 196
Ch. 8 Basic cell biology and cancer 233
Ch. 9 The immune system 250
Ch. 10 Lymphoma classification and staging 282
Ch. 11 Possible causes of lymphoma 333
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