Making the Chemotherapy Decision [NOOK Book]

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Cancer is not a death sentence. Hundreds of thousands of people are cured of cancer every year in North America, due in large part to chemotherapy treatment. Making the Chemotherapy Decision is a comprehensive sourcebook for people looking at chemotherapy treatment and their families.

In the new fifth edition of this book, completely updated in 2014, medical journalist David Drum demystifies chemotherapy treatment. This practical and supportive book includes information on drug ...

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Overview

Cancer is not a death sentence. Hundreds of thousands of people are cured of cancer every year in North America, due in large part to chemotherapy treatment. Making the Chemotherapy Decision is a comprehensive sourcebook for people looking at chemotherapy treatment and their families.

In the new fifth edition of this book, completely updated in 2014, medical journalist David Drum demystifies chemotherapy treatment. This practical and supportive book includes information on drug treatments, side effects, and practical ways to deal with them. Stressing the connection between body and mind in the healing process, Drum dispels myths surrounding chemotherapy and presents clear, concise information on patients’ rights, pain control, nutrition, lifestyle changes, alternative treatments, financial issues and more.

A listing of the 122 most common drugs used in chemotherapy treatment includes each drug's most common side effects, and ways to mitigate them.

Stories of many real people who have experienced and benefited from chemotherapy are included. It has long been noted that patients who actively participate in their treatment greatly improve their chances of survival and enhance their quality of life. Making the Chemotherapy Decision provides information and support to work with your medical doctors and caregivers on your recovery from cancer.

“David Drum has succeeded admirably in explaining cancer chemotherapy to the patient and his or her family and friends. Making the Chemotherapy Decision is well-grounded scientifically, but carries explanations that are practical and easy to understand.”
-- Malin Dollinger, M.D., F.A.C.P.

“A powerhouse of help and encouragement for anyone who accepts cancer as a curable illness, not a death sentence.”
--Booklist

“Making the Chemotherapy Decision is a valuable and supportive resource that walks you through the chemotherapy experience. It answers the most commonly asked questions and provides clinical information in an understandable way.”
-- Selma R. Schimmel, founder of Vital Options

"...explains the latest in anticancer medications to treat nausea and pain."

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Patricia Hassler
Every year, more than 200,000 people benefit from chemotherapy. This book shows how. Drum takes a holistic approach to recovery for cancer patients who are determined to fight and who view cancer, not chemotherapy, as the enemy. He encourages them to adopt positive attitudes, long-term goals, and assertive involvement in their treatment. This practical, uplifting approach is reinforced by a thorough overview of chemotherapy's medical aspects, including misconceptions, risks and benefits, and the administration of treatments. The second half of the book discusses practical issues, such as nutrition, appearance, cost, pain, side effects, stress, social adaptations, support systems, and unorthodox treatments. Drum even includes advice for coping with unsuccessful chemotherapy and dying. A valuable appendix lists relevant books, electronic databases, and electronic addresses and a glossary. There is a powerhouse of help and encouragement here for anyone who accepts cancer as a curable illness, not a death sentence.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011263798
  • Publisher: David Drum
  • Publication date: 4/9/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,070,700
  • File size: 334 KB

Meet the Author

David Drum is an award-winning journalist and writer. He is the author or co-author of eight nonfiction books in the health area as well as the comic novel, Introducing the Richest Family in America.

David has worked as a newspaper reporter, a sports editor, a ranch foreman, an encyclopedia salesman, a short order book, an advertising copywriter, and an inner-city schoolteacher. He has been an independent writer since 1978.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, David is a graduate of Brevard College, the University of California at Riverside and the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop.

David Drum's health books are known for their practical, well-researched content. Introducing the Richest Family in America, a comedy set in California and Cleveland, is his first novel.

A member of the Authors Guild, the Independent Writers of Southern California, and the American Federation of Teachers, David is also the resident artist at Burning books Press. His artist's books are in collections at the Museum of Modern Art Library, the John D. Rockefeller Library at Brown University, and other locations.

The author lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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