Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient and His Doctor Balance Hope and Truth

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Michael J. Lippe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. This is his story, and the story of pancreatic cancer, narrated by Lippe and Dr. Dung T. Le, the physician who is treating him.

In telling these stories, Lippe and Le alternate chapters. Lippe writes about the early signs that something was wrong; Le continues with a description of pancreatic cancer, its symptoms, and its treatments. Lippe talks about his prognosis, contemplates the prospect of death, and describes ...

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Overview

Michael J. Lippe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. This is his story, and the story of pancreatic cancer, narrated by Lippe and Dr. Dung T. Le, the physician who is treating him.

In telling these stories, Lippe and Le alternate chapters. Lippe writes about the early signs that something was wrong; Le continues with a description of pancreatic cancer, its symptoms, and its treatments. Lippe talks about his prognosis, contemplates the prospect of death, and describes how he began to cope; Le explains the importance, for both doctor and patient, of balancing hope and truth. Lippe speaks frankly about the toll the disease takes on his marriage and family; Le offers a general picture of what most patients can expect with their illness. The book concludes with Lippe and Le’s reflections on their partnership in treating cancer, lessons they have learned, and their thoughts about the positive things that sometimes emerge from illness.

Pancreatic Cancer offers clear explanations of what the disease is, describes what people with the disease will feel physically and mentally, and discusses current treatments and future directions of research. The authors hope that their honest yet hopeful perspective will help all people with cancer and those who care about them.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Macmillan Cancer Support

This book is excellent. It is positive and compassionate... It would make a useful contribution to a library.

Cancer Forum - Raymond Chan

No matter how experienced a professional might be in dealing with patients with pancreatic cancer, it is refreshing to hear from the patient's perspective, reading how they navigate through the system before they land in our clinic and receive our care. Overall, I would recommend this book to all health professionals who care for patients with pancreatic cancer (both novice and seasoned), as well as those who are adjusting to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

M. G. Paregian

An authoritative manual of instructions... This book is highly recommended.

Hopkins Medicine

Brief (at just 171 pages) but powerful, this straightforward book is both sobering and inspiring.

Cancer Forum
No matter how experienced a professional might be in dealing with patients with pancreatic cancer, it is refreshing to hear from the patient's perspective, reading how they navigate through the system before they land in our clinic and receive our care. Overall, I would recommend this book to all health professionals who care for patients with pancreatic cancer (both novice and seasoned), as well as those who are adjusting to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

— Raymond Chan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421400624
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/2011
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 796,261
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Lippe, now retired, had a career in international development. During more than forty years in government and the private sector, he worked extensively on issues of local government, shelter for the poor, and corruption. He was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2007. Dung T. Le, M.D., is on the medical oncology faculty at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include the care of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies, and her research interests are focused on immunotherapeutic approaches to gastrointestinal malignancies, with a particular emphasis on pancreatic cancer.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Gathering Clouds 1

2 What Is Pancreatic Cancer and What Are Its Symptoms? 10

3 The Fight Begins 20

4 The Initial Treatment 39

5 The Prospect of Death 51

6 Balancing Hope and Truth 66

7 Family and Friends 75

8 Managing the Symptoms of Advanced Cancer 95

9 A New Approach to Living 115

10 Next Steps 127

11 What We've Learned from Our Experience 137

12 Postscript 147

Appendix: Supplemental Information 149

Notes 157

Index 165

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Unique doctor and patient perspectives

    I found the book unique in that it offered perspectives from the point of view of both the patient and the physician. Both perspectives are informative and well written. The book opens doors into the world of the coming struggle for families newly confronting a battle with cancer, any cancer, not just pancreatic cancer. Mr. Lippe's chapters are most useful to the families and loved ones of cancer victims, while Dr. Le's detailed, but very accessible chapters, on the treatment options are most useful to the patient. Any family that must hear that most frightful of diagnosies of stage 4 pancreatic cancer will be both comforted and informed by this book. It is abook that I would want at my beside should cancer come my way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

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    Highly Recommend to Patients, Caregivers, Family Members

    I found this book to be highly informational and encouraging. The patient and the doctor take turns writing about the journey from each one of their perspectives. This was nice to actually read what the patient was thinking after receiving the diagnosis and beginning treatment; this isn't something I've been able to find in my research. The doctor reported from the medical side and was very open and honest. More than anything, this book gave me hope. Not all Pancreatic Cancer patients are doomed from the beginning and there is life while living with this cancer.

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