With more than 40% of people eventually facing a cancer diagnosis, Conversing with Cancer is a much-needed addition to understanding and improving cancer care through strong communication among providers, patients, and caregivers. Each person whose life is affected by a cancer diagnosispatient, healthcare provider, caregiverhas information and needs information in order to make the best decisions possible under the circumstances. After studying and writing about the topics of communication and cancer for many years separately, authors Lisa Sparks and Anna Leahy combine their expertise in this new tour de force. Here, they apply principles from the field of health communication to the cancer care experience, drawing from a wide range of scholarship to offer a comprehensive view of cancer care communication and extend existing work into new insights. Engaging chapters cover all phases of the journey through cancer, from prevention to recovery or end-of-life; analyze the roles of the variety of cultural and social identities and relationships; and explore written, verbal, non-verbal, and electronic communication. In addition, this book draws from the real-life stories of cancer patients themselves to enrich the book’s unique discussions and to better understand how theory can be put into practice. Conversing with Cancer is ideal for use in health communication classes, medical and nursing programs, and formal caregiver training. In addition, it is useful for cancer patient and caregiver supports groups and for individual providers, patients, and caregivers.
About the Author
Lisa Sparks is a highly regarded teacher-scholar whose published work spans more than 150 research articles and scholarly book chapters and is the author and editor of more than ten books in the areas of communication, health, and aging with a distinct focus on intersections of provider–patient interaction and family decision-making as related to cancer communication science. Her innovative research has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and TED.
Anna Leahy is the author of Tumor and Aperture and co-author of Generation Space and What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. She earned her PhD from Ohio University and teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments – Introduction to Conversing with Cancer – Talk, Talk: Understanding Health Communication, Health Literacy, and Cancer – The Big C: Culture and Cancer Care – Who’s Who: Social Identity and Cancer Care – Citizens of Cancer Land: Cancer Communication Across a Lifetime – Navigating the Landscape: Communication in Cancer Care Organizations – What’s Up, Doc?: Patients and Healthcare Providers in Conversation – Giving Care, Taking Care: Caregivers and Communication – Warrior or Citizen?: Metaphors and Messages in Cancer Care – Can You Hear Me Now?: Technology and Communication in Cancer Care – Extending the Conversation: A New Theoretical Model for Cancer Communication – Epilogue: Mottos Moving Forward – Glossary – Suggested Online Resources for Expanded Discussion – Index.