Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor

Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor

by Lynne P. Taylor, Alyx Umphrey, Diane Richard
     
 

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Providing readily accessible information and real-world encouragement to people living with primary and metastatic brain tumors, this book discusses the basics of brain tumors, types of tumors, management of different tumors, related symptoms, treatments and side effects, the role of medical team members, and coping strategies from initial diagnosis throughout the…  See more details below

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Providing readily accessible information and real-world encouragement to people living with primary and metastatic brain tumors, this book discusses the basics of brain tumors, types of tumors, management of different tumors, related symptoms, treatments and side effects, the role of medical team members, and coping strategies from initial diagnosis throughout the course of the illness. At the same time, it also offers practical suggestions on symptom management and lifestyle modification, as well as real-life anecdotes and advice from both patients and family members and friends who are experiencing this diagnosis. Written by two experts working with a professional writer, as well as advice from other professionals, the book is crystal clear and easy to use. Balancing the uncertainties of prognosis with hope, Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor is an authoritative, realistic, yet compassionate guide to living with brain cancer.

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"The legal advice dovetails perfectly with that of the medical specialists to make this an all-encompassing work. VERDICT According to the authors, knowledge is power, and information can be some comfort when everything is suddenly so unpredictable. This book would be an excellent companion to Virginia Stark-Vance's 100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors."
— Library Journal

Library Journal
Taylor (neuro-oncology, Tufts Medical Ctr.) and Alyx B. Porter Umphrey's (neuro-oncology, Mayo Clinic, Pheonix) title, written specifically for patients and caregivers, successfully balances accessible clinical material (e.g., an overview of the brain and information on understanding brain tumors and on current medications) with practical lifestyle-management issues (e.g., healthy eating, supplements, cosmetics). The text is divided into manageable and relatable chapters: "Where Do I Begin?," "How Do I Deal with This?," and "What Can I Do About It?" The language is jargon free, and a glossary aids comprehension. The step-by-step section detailing what to expect once diagnosed includes the types of tests that need to be done, whom to talk to, how to assemble an effective multidisciplinary team, and how to organize medical records—all of which will help at an overwhelming time. A chapter written by qualified attorneys outlines what anyone with a chronic health condition should consider: the management of personal affairs, including durable power of attorney, advance directives, and wills. The legal advice dovetails perfectly with that of the medical specialists to make this an all-encompassing work. VERDICT According to the authors, knowledge is power, and information can be some comfort when everything is suddenly so unpredictable. This book would be an excellent companion to Virginia Stark-Vance's 100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors.—Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Los Alamos Cty. Lib. Syst., NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199311224
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Series:
Neurology Now Books
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Lynne P. Taylor, MD, FAAN, is Associate Professor (appointment pending), Hematology-Oncology and Neurology at Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Taylor received her residency training in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship training in neuro-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Alyx B. Porter Umphrey, MD, is the Director of Neuro-Oncology and is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She completed her residency and neuro- oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Diane Richard is a Minneapolis-based reporter, radio producer, and writer. Her documentaries have aired on radio stations nationwide, and her writing has been published in magazines throughout the Twin Cities.

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