Ask an Oncologist

Ask an Oncologist

by Carol A. Westbrook MD


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Cancer! Each year, over a million people in the US will hear those dreaded words, and most don't know where to even begin. This book, written by a cancer specialist, takes the cancer patient or caregiver step-by-step through the process of diagnosis, staging, and treatment, explaining what he needs to know in an easy-to-read question and answer format.
But this book goes beyond the basics to addresses sensitive topics that most patients would like to ask their doctor but rarely feel comfortable with, such as the cost of medical care, cancer pain, suicide, death, how to get a second opinion and how to sue your doctor. It is a must-read for anyone who is newly-diagnosed with any type of cancer, including breast cancer, colon and rectal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma, leukemia and lymphoma. It will provide the reader with a better understanding of cancer as a disease, how it is viewed by his doctor, and how that viewpoint influences treatment decisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470020842
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Dr. Westbrook, MD, PhD, is a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of all types of adult cancers. Her career spans over twenty-five years and includes faculty appointments in the medical schools at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, and Boston University, where she taught, did cancer research, and treated patients. Extremely knowledgeable about the science of cancer, she is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, and holds one patent for leukemia diagnosis. Now in full-time clinical practice, she is currently a medical oncologist at Geisinger Cancer Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She resides with her husband in Beverly Shores, IN and in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is from: Ask An Oncologist: Honest Answers to Your Cancer Questions (Kindle Edition) I wish I had discovered this book 9 months sooner than I did. I had a cancerous kidney removed and it was expected that that was the end of the story. Unfortunately for me 3 months later a CT scan revealed some enlarged lymph nodes in the area of the removed kidney. On my first visit to a medical oncologist I happened to see a copy of the book in the examining room of the doctor I was waiting to see, and who was, incidently, the author of the book. While I was waiting to see her I read the first couple of chapters. That evening I purchased the Kindle version of the book. The medical care system can be very confusing and more than a little intimidating to someone who has had little prior contact with it. Cancer treatment is a pretty scary prospect for most folks. Dr Westbrook explains many of the questions you need to ask but were afraid to or just didn't know about. She explains in detail what you can expect as a newly diagnosed cancer patient. Everything from your relationship with your doctor and medical team to what to expect from your medical insurance provider is covered in reasonable detail without being tedious. She goes into considerable detail on how to pick a doctor and a suitable healthcare organization. Being a cancer patient can make a person feel very vulnerable. Dr. Westbrook does a good job of explaining how a doctor views a patient and why he may sometimes seem very aloof or hurried. Armed with this knowledge you may be better able to articulate your needs and expectations to your doctor for the benefit of both of you. This book does not go into the specifics of how particular cancers are treated. You will need to do more research if you want level of information. However, if you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed with cancer you will find this book to be a valuable resource.