No one with lung cancer needs to be alone in their fight against this disease. 100 Questions & Answers About Lung Cancer, Third Edition, guides patients and their families through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Providing both the doctor's and patient's point of view, this book is a complete guide to understanding treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. Through 100 Questions & Answers About Lung Cancer, Third Edition, expert authors use their experiences with patients to provide support and hope to the tens of thousands of people coping with lung cancer.
About the Author
Professor Chief Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Table of Contents
Foreword Regina Vidaver ix
Part 1 The Basics 1
Questions 1-7 provide background information for understanding lung cancer, covering topics such as:
What is cancer?
What should I know about cancer cells?
How do normal lungs function?
Part 2 Diagnosis and Staging 13
Questions 8-18 describe the symptoms of lung cancer and discuss how it is diagnosed and staged:
What are the most common symptoms of lung cancer?
How is lung cancer diagnosed?
What is staging, and why is it important?
Part 3 I've Just Been Diagnosed with Lung Cancer-Now What? 27
Questions 19-23 outline a number of concerns that you might encounter when first learning of your diagnosis:
Who treats lung cancer? What is multidisciplinary care?
Should I get a second opinion?
How can I relate best to my doctor? What can I do to make my medical visits as productive as possible?
Part 4 Coping with Your Diagnosis 43
Questions 24-31 address the medical, emotional, and practical aspects of coping with a lung cancer diagnosis:
What is my prognosis? Can I survive lung cancer?
How do I manage my emotions? Should I seek professional counseling? What types of psychosocial support are available to me?
How do I regain control of my life after my lung cancer diagnosis? How do I get past the emotional impact and move forward?
Part 5 What Types of Treatments are Available for Lung Cancer? 65
Questions 32-53 describe the types of treatments available for lung cancer-spanning surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, clinical trials, and complementary/alternative treatments-and address the challenges of evaluating treatment options:
What are the goals of treatment?
What are the different types of surgeries used for treating lung cancer? How are they performed?
What does my surgeon mean when he or she says, "I got it all"? Does this mean I am cured?
Part 6 How Will My Doctor Decide Which Treatment is Best for Me? 103
Questions 54-68 discuss ways that your doctor will evaluate and determine which treatment therapy is best for you:
What are the standard treatment options for my stage of NSCLC?
What is personalized medicine?
What are the standard treatment options for my stage of SCLC?
Part 7 Side Effects of Chemotherapy 135
Questions 69-78 describe the side effects that you encounter through chemotherapy treatments:
What are the common side effects of chemotherapy?
What are blood counts, and what should I know about them?
Why am I always exhausted? What can I do for fatigue? Will the fatigue go away after my treatment is over?
Part 8 Coping with Symptoms of Lung Cancer 153
Questions 79-84 cover common symptoms, side effects, and complications of lung cancer and its treatment:
Can my shortness of breath be controlled?
What can I do to relieve my pain?
Am I at risk for a blood clot? What is a pulmonary embolism?
Part 9 Living with Lung Cancer 169
Questions 85-92 provide practical advice on lifestyle choices or changes that you could encounter following a lung cancer diagnosis:
How should I change my diet following a lung cancer diagnosis? Should I take dietary supplements? Can diet affect my survival from lung cancer?
If I smoke, is there any reason to quit? How can I quit smoking while dealing with the stress of lung cancer?
Should I be exercising?
Part 10 If Treatment Fails 183
Questions 93-96 address the difficult issues that arise if treatment options fail:
How do I decide if it's time to stop treatment?
What is hospice?
What can I do to prepare for my death?
Part 11 Prevention, Screening, and Advocacy 193
Questions 97-100 discuss a variety of options for prevention, ways to screen for lung cancer, and advocacy:
Can lung cancer be prevented? What is chemoprevention?
Does lung cancer run in families? Is my family at increased risk for lung cancer because I have lung cancer?
Why has there been so little progress in fighting lung cancer? What can I do to help?
Appendix: Where Can I Find More Information? 203