Colon and Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Familiesby Lorraine Johnston, Linda Lamb (Editor)
The fourth most common cancer, colon and rectal cancer is diagnosed in 130,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. As with many other cancers, the treatment environment is evolving. As a patient (or the family researcher) you need up-to-date and in-depth information to participate wisely in treatment decisions.Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for
The fourth most common cancer, colon and rectal cancer is diagnosed in 130,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. As with many other cancers, the treatment environment is evolving. As a patient (or the family researcher) you need up-to-date and in-depth information to participate wisely in treatment decisions.Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients & Families includes:
- Characteristics of colon cancer, staging, suspected causes, and factors in prognoses
- Current treatment options
- Clinical trials and promising future treatments
- Coping with medical tests, symptoms, and treatments
- Recognizing and minimizing the impact of treatment on sexual function, libido, and fertility
- Caring for and adjusting to an ostomy, whether temporary or permanent
- Emotional responses to diagnosis, treatment, remission, and all other aspects of dealing with the condition. Stories from those living with colon cancer are included.
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It is unfortunate that Ms. Hendler of Library Journal found parts of our book confusing, as many colorectal cancer experts, patients, and survivors reviewed our book prior to publication and had the final word on how it was written. Our book contains as-we-go explanations and a glossary.
Meet the Author
Lorraine Johnston is the wife of an eight-year lymphoma survivor and the daughter of a twenty-year lymphoma survivor. In the years since her husband's diagnosis, she's been involved in a number of support groups that offer emotional and practical support to lymphoma survivors. Her first book is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options. In the course of her support group efforts, Lorraine has been interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer and by National Public Radio's Marketplace program regarding the best ways to find reliable medical information using a personal computer and various media such as the World Wide Web. She attempts to dispel the myths that access to sound medical information is cloaked in secrecy and that medical literature is impossible to interpret. Using her life-long love of biology and her degree in life sciences, she helps cancer survivors evaluate accurately the material they locate, emphasizing resources such as the National Cancer Institute's databases of treatments and clinical trials, and the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE, a collection of over nine million published medical research studies. Lorraine's years of study have included many courses in psychology, but she found that nothing in her educational background prepared her adequately for facing the terror and heartbreak of cancer. One of her chief interests is helping the newly diagnosed as well as long-term survivors feel less lonely and less afraid as they confront their diagnoses and weigh their options.
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I found this book thorough and up-to-date when seeking information about colon cancer. It contains information on just about every topic I had questions about, and pointed me to many places for finding more information. Some of the information is very technical, but it is written in an understandable way without being insulting to the reader's intelligence.