Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis: The Cancer Support Community Handbook [NOOK Book]


A Comprehensive and Compassionate Approach to Cancer Care

Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis is packed with incredible information and resources to get you or someone you love through the challenging journey of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. This book accurately and...
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Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis: The Cancer Support Community Handbook

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A Comprehensive and Compassionate Approach to Cancer Care

Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis is packed with incredible information and resources to get you or someone you love through the challenging journey of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. This book accurately and compassionately addresses the physical, emotional, social and practical needs of cancer patients and their support systems.

Find out how to:

Put an effective support and resource team in place to buffer against the challenges of diagnosis and treatment
Build a community to deal with the daunting decisions treatment requires
Develop practical, more effective ways to manage side effects
Deal with complex emotional issues ranging from the shock of initial diagnosis to creating a living legacy and a meaning-filled life

Through powerful, first-person testimony, as well as a plethora of the best tips, evidence-based research, treatment and support information currently available, Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis will help cancer patients develop the strength and empowerment they need to stay focused on healing—and to develop the mindset of a survivor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936661879
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 306
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

With a strong background in health care, patient education, and national patient advocacy, Kim Thiboldeaux is the President & CEO of the Cancer Support Community, a combination of The Wellness Community and Gilds’ Club as well as one of the largest providers of social and emotional support worldwide.

In the cancer and health care communities, Kim serves as a founding board member of the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials, member of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, co-chair of the Alliance for Quality Psychosocial Care, and advocacy board member of the Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Kim is also the host of Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community, an award-winning Internet talk radio show that airs weekly on informing and inspiring listeners to live well with cancer.

Mitch Golant, PhD, is a health psychologist and Senior VP Research & Training for the Cancer Support Community (CSC). He has traveled throughout the world introducing CSC’s Patient Active Concept to international thought-leaders and psychosocial oncologists. He has been with CSC for over 28 years where he supervised and trained CSC’s professional clinical staff.

Golant was central to the launch of the award-winning Cancer Support Community Online in both English and Spanish and Group Loop: Teens. Talk. Cancer. Online. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. He will receive the Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution in Psychology Award in October 2011.

He is the contributing editor to the Essentials of Psychosocial Oncology Handbook (2006) and The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management (2008). He is also the co-author of seven books including What To Do When Someone You Love is Depressed (2007), and a contributing author of Psycho-Oncology, 2nd Edition (2010).
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Table of Contents

Foreword Mechmet C.Oz, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Ny Presbyterian/Columbia xi

Introduction: The Cancer Support Community: A Bold New Vision in Cancer Care 1

Part 1 Becoming Empowered

Chapter 1 Understanding Cancer 7

Chapter 2 Regaining Your Balance After Diagnosis 13

Chapter 3 The Empowered Patient: The Cancer Support Community Approach 25

Part 2 Knowing Your Options

Chapter 4 Getting a Second Opinion-and Maybe a Third 37

Chapter 5 Evaluating Traditional Treatment Options 45

Chapter 6 New Frontiers in Treatment 55

Chapter 7 Clinical Trials 67

Chapter 8 Considering Another Approach: Complementary and Alternative Medicine 77

Chapter 9 Managing Symptoms and Side Effects 91

Chapter 10 Managing Practical Matters 113

Part 3 Making the Mind-Body Spirit Connection

Chapter 11 Coping with Cancer 129

Chapter 12 It's Not Just You: It Takes a Community 143

Chapter 13 Spirituality and Looking Inward 155

Part 4 Moving from Patient to Survivor

Chapter 14 Help Yourself, Help Others: Emotional Support, Information, and Action 163

Chapter 15 Wellness Inside and Out: Nutrition and Exercise 173

Chapter 16 Facing the Road Ahead Together: Survivorship 187

Afterword Ann Benjamin Joanna Bull 197

Acknowledgments 199


Bibliography 205

Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs 2007 IOM Report Recommendations 211

Cancer Support Community Affiliates and Advisors 217

Cancer Support Community National Board of Directors 221

Cancer Support Community Professional Advisory Board 223

Support, Information, and Financial Resources 225

Glossary 237

Personal Information Sheets 243

Index 275

About the Authors 287

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