What To Do If You Get Colon Cancer: A Specialist Helps You Take Charge and Make Informed Choices

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From initial diagnosis to the latest treatments, this encouraging, authoritative guide explores everything you need to know to make informed choices about colon cancer care. You'll learn how colon cancer develops, what to expect from diagnostic tests, and how to choose the best doctors and treatment centers. Here's invaluable information on:
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Overview

From initial diagnosis to the latest treatments, this encouraging, authoritative guide explores everything you need to know to make informed choices about colon cancer care. You'll learn how colon cancer develops, what to expect from diagnostic tests, and how to choose the best doctors and treatment centers. Here's invaluable information on:
  • Which treatment options work best for different phases of colon cancer
  • How to cope with physical and emotional side effects
  • Tips on resuming a healthy lifestyle
  • Related disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

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Reviewer: Mary Dee McEvoy, PhD, RN (Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center)
Description: This small, paperback book is designed for patients and families of patients with colon cancer. The second author has written a similar book on breast cancer, and one on prostate cancer is in development.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to be a guide for the healthcare consumer. It is designed to help the patient understand the disease and treatment. There are three major topics: discovery, treatment, and recovery. These are important objectives as consumers become more active in making healthcare decisions.
Audience: Although written for patients and families, it is written at a fairly high level, thus the consumer must already be well educated to understand the book. The author is a physician and the second author is a professional writer. The addition of interdisciplinary contributors, such as ostomy nurse specialists, would have added to its usefulness.
Features: Composed entirely of text, the book is not visually appealing. Certainly illustrations or pictures of CAT scan machines, radiation equipment, ostomy equipment, and chemotherapy suites would be a great addition. The appendixes are very useful, containing information on financial aid and insurance considerations.
Assessment: Although deficient in some areas, this book is an important contribution and addition to the library of the consumer of healthcare. As such, it is also important for the library of all healthcare practitioners. Specialists may want to use it as a teaching tool for patients and may need to expand the appendixes to list those topics referenced in their specific area.
Mary Dee McEvoy
This small, paperback book is designed for patients and families of patients with colon cancer. The second author has written a similar book on breast cancer, and one on prostate cancer is in development. The purpose of this book is to be a guide for the healthcare consumer. It is designed to help the patient understand the disease and treatment. There are three major topics: discovery, treatment, and recovery. These are important objectives as consumers become more active in making healthcare decisions. Although written for patients and families, it is written at a fairly high level, thus the consumer must already be well educated to understand the book. The author is a physician and the second author is a professional writer. The addition of interdisciplinary contributors, such as ostomy nurse specialists, would have added to its usefulness. Composed entirely of text, the book is not visually appealing. Certainly illustrations or pictures of CAT scan machines, radiation equipment, ostomy equipment, and chemotherapy suites would be a great addition. The appendixes are very useful, containing information on financial aid and insurance considerations. Although deficient in some areas, this book is an important contribution and addition to the library of the consumer of healthcare. As such, it is also important for the library of all healthcare practitioners. Specialists may want to use it as a teaching tool for patients and may need to expand the appendixes to list those topics referenced in their specific area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471159841
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL MISKOVITZ, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical College, and an Associate Attending Physician at The New York Hospital. Dr. Miskovitz practices gastroenterology in New York City.

MARIAN BETANCOURT is the author of What to Do When Love Turns Violent, and coauthor of Chronic Illness and the Family and What to Do If You Get Breast Cancer. Ms. Betancourt lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

DISCOVERY.

What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer.

Guidelines for Accurate Diagnosis.

Biopsy and Staging.

Choosing Physicians and Treatment Centers.

Before You Begin Treatment.

TREATMENT.

Surgical Treatment: Local Excision, Polypectomy.

Surgical Treatment: Partial and Total Colectomy, Colostomy.

Surgical Treatment: Rectal and Recurring Cancer.

Recovering From Surgery.

Radiation Treatment for Rectal Cancer.

When You Need Chemotherapy.

Coping With the Side Effects of Chemotherapy.

Nonmedical Aids to Treatment.

RECOVERY.

Taking Charge of Your Follow-Up Care.

Staying Healthy After Colon Cancer.

Living With a Colostomy.

Going Back to Work.

Reversing Sexual Side Effects of Treatment.

Protecting Your Family From Colon Cancer.

Appendices.

Index.

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