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Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts, Choices--and Hope


An authoritative book with new lifesaving strategies for those at risk and those already diagnosed.
Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer. This authoritative book presents new lifesaving strategies for those already diagnosed and those at risk (including ex-smokers).
Lung cancer is deadly because it's usually found late. Dr. Claudia Henschke's groundbreaking research on early diagnosis, published in ...

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An authoritative book with new lifesaving strategies for those at risk and those already diagnosed.
Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer. This authoritative book presents new lifesaving strategies for those already diagnosed and those at risk (including ex-smokers).
Lung cancer is deadly because it's usually found late. Dr. Claudia Henschke's groundbreaking research on early diagnosis, published in Lancet, made headlines worldwide. Now, for the first time, she offers specific recommendations based on her latest findings: who needs to be checked and how to get tested.
People with lung cancer often are told, "Nothing can be done." Not so! Dr. Henschke and coauthor Peggy McCarthy, a leading patient advocate, provide up-to-the-minute advice, along with inspiring quotes from survivors.
If lung cancer has touched your life—or if you have reason for concern—this comprehensive and compassionate book can help:
Understand how the lungs work and how cancer develops.Pinpoint risk factors and the sometimes surprising symptoms, like back pain or swollen fingertips, that can signal a problem.Learn how to find the best doctors and the latest treatments.Remain healthy, active, and pain-free during and after treatment.Cope with emotional and practical concerns, such as telling the children, dealing with guilt, and getting the most out of your insurance.

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Editorial Reviews

Diane Blum
“Provides people with lung cancer and their family members with the information they need to understand the disease, evaluate treatment choices, and use community resources. This book should be recommended to all those confronting a lung cancer diagnosis.”
Paul Bunn
“This important book is a must-read for current and former smokers, others at risk, individuals with newly diagnosed lung cancer, and their family and friends.”
Pearl Moore
“This book is . . . for anyone with lung cancer or who may develop lung cancer. The information is as practical and up to date as you can find. The authors' insights help to marshal support for people with lung cancer and to allay the personal blame society wrongly applies to them.”
Cheryl Healton
“Bravo! Finally a book for the many men and women who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. This book will be invaluable to those diagnosed with the illness and their many loved ones.”
Karen Parles
“An invaluable resource, offering information, support, and hope. I wish this outstanding book had been available when I was diagnosed. Everyone touched by lung cancer should read it.”
LaSalle D. Leffall
Well-written, informative, and compelling.
Pearl Moore
A must read for anyone with lung cancer or who may develop lung practical and up to date [info] as you can find.
Harvey I. Pass
This unique reference text is must reading for those confronted with—or worried about—a lung cancer diagnosis.
P. Jo An Loren
Innovative educational programs for healthcare professionals and consumers.
Publishers Weekly
The sheer volume of information presented here is the strength of this comprehensive manual on lung cancer. Writing with freelancer Wernick, Henschke, chief of the division of chest imaging at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, provides a medical perspective on the disease, while McCarthy, founder of the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education (ALCASE) offers support for those afflicted as well as their caregivers. From the outset, McCarthy makes clear that the tendency of family members as well as some health-care professionals to blame smokers (nonsmokers are also diagnosed with lung cancer) when they contract lung cancer not only leads to guilt, but may actually discourage some people from seeking adequate treatment. The authors describe the many forms of lung cancer and their treatments, which include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and alternative therapies. They explain how to apply for clinical trials as well as the benefits and risks of participating. Since earlier detection improves the chances of a cure, the authors recommends the still controversial CT scans for those at high risk for lung cancer (i.e., former or current smokers). This excellent resource details how patients can learn to cope with the physical problems resulting from some treatments, how to sustain themselves emotionally while fighting the disease and ways to navigate the health-care system. An excellent resource. B&w illus. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than prostate, colon, and breast cancer combined. The five-year survival rate is an abysmally low 14 percent largely because the disease is symptomless at a stage when most curable. With new developments in CT scanning, early detection, and treatment can improve survival to 70 percent or better. Henschke (Cornell Medical Ctr.) and lung cancer patient advocate McCarthy have written a thorough guide to the basics of how lung cancer develops, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment options, and living well with lung cancer. They address the guilt and stigma felt by smokers (and ex-smokers) and suggest ways to deal with unsympathetic family members and even healthcare providers. Treatment modalities detailed here include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, with additional chapters on alternative therapies such as acupuncture for painand getting access to the latest treatment through clinical trials. Practical issues such as insurance and estate planning, hospice care, caregiver support, and other concerns are very well covered. For a similar book, see Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Options. Recommended for patient education and consumer health collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/02.] Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324983
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,004,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia I. Henschke, Ph.D., M.D., is chief, Division of Chest Imaging, at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and professor of radiology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She has served on committees of the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Science, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American College of Radiology. For information about her work on early detection of lung cancer, see

Peggy McCarthy, MBA, president of McCarthy Medical Marketing, Inc., and Innovative Medical Education Consortium, Inc., is a prominent cancer patient advocate. She is founder and board member of the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education (ALCASE) and works internationally for lung cancer awareness.

Sarah Wernick, Ph.D., is an award-winning freelance health writer. Her books include the best-selling Strong Women Stay Young. Visit her website at

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Table of Contents

An Important Message for Readers xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part I The Changing Face of Lung Cancer
Chapter 1 New Information That Could Save Your Life 1
Chapter 2 Clearing the Air about Guilt 12
Part II The Basics
Chapter 3 How Your Lungs Work 21
Chapter 4 When Cancer Intrudes 31
Part III Beating Your Risk Factors
Chapter 5 Now You Can Find It Early 43
Chapter 6 Are You at Risk? 60
Chapter 7 Encouraging News for Smokers 79
Part IV When Lung Cancer Strikes
Chapter 8 Diagnosis and Staging 99
Chapter 9 Coping with the News 123
Part V Taking Charge of Treatment
Chapter 10 Preparing for Effective Treatment 141
Chapter 11 Surgery 164
Chapter 12 Chemotherapy 184
Chapter 13 Radiation Therapy 211
Chapter 14 Getting Access to the Latest Treatments 230
Chapter 15 Complementary and Alternative Therapies 248
Part VI Living with Lung Cancer
Chapter 16 Treatment Is Finished--Now What? 271
Chapter 17 Optimizing the Quality of Your Life 286
Chapter 18 A Message for Caregivers 306
Chapter 19 The Practicalities 314
Chapter 20 It's Never Too Late to Hope 340
Afterword 353
Glossary 355
Index 371
About the Authors 389
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    Very Valuable Resource

    When my father was diagnosed with NSCLC in October 2004, my first reaction was to research, research, research. This book, Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts, Choices-- and Hope, was an excellent introductory resource for my family. I read the entire book cover to cover, and then revisited chapters as they related to my father's treatments. The book is written to be completely accessible, informative (without being overwhelming), and hopeful. I found that it eased my anxiety and answered some pressing questions immediately. It was also extremely useful in formulating questions for our doctors. It allowed us to enter into appointments with a base level of understanding, and to ask important, detailed questions about treatments and options. I would recommend this book to anyone newly diagnosed with LC, families and friends of lung cancer patients, and interested parties looking to broaden their understanding of the disease. Lung Cancer kills more people in the US every year than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer *combined*.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012


    Most of the information in this book can be found on the American Cancer Society web-site. Could be good for those recently diagnosed with Lung Cancer. Lots of info for caregivers and family members, not so much for the individual dealing with the disease.

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