Own Your Cancer: A Take-Charge Guide for the Recently Diagnosed and Those Who Love Them

Own Your Cancer: A Take-Charge Guide for the Recently Diagnosed and Those Who Love Them

by Peter Edelstein

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762796373
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Peter Edelstein has years of experience working as a surgeon and working closely with cancer patients. After completing medical school at the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. E completed his general surgical internship, residency, and chief residency at the respected University of California, San Diego Medical Center. During his resident training, Dr. E spent an additional two years as an NIH Research Fellow in the Surgical Oncology Laboratory, studying cellular membrane function in colon cancer cell lines. A highly sought-after speaker, he has delivered literally hundreds of interactive lectures, both for the medical community and general population during his training at The University of Chicago, the University of California, and the University of Minnesota, and subsequently as a member of the Surgical Faculty at Stanford University. Dr. E has authored numerous articles and book chapters as well as serving as an Editor for a renowned "Cancer Encyclopedia" and the Senior Editor of a book on colon and rectal cancer. He has served in executive roles with venture capital-financed medical device companies and others. His passion in caring for people diagnosed with cancer expands well beyond the operating room and into the world of the overwhelming emotions, fears, and limited knowledge in which live those with cancer and the family and friends who love them.

Table of Contents

1 Why Did I Buy This Book? 1

2 What the Hell Do You Mean, "Own Your Cancer"? 7

Reason #1: Driving Your Cancer Treatment 10

Reason #2: Fighting for Your Life 13

Sentinel Events 15

3 I've Got Cancer… What Now? 19

4 Keep Wiping Your Own Ass 25

5 Now the Medical Stuff. The "Lingo" of Cancer 33

What the Hell Is Cancer? 34

The Lingo 42

6 I Hope You Haven't Met: How Cancer Spreads 57

Cancer Spread via the Bloodstream ("Hematogenous Spread") 57

Cancer Spread via the Lymphatic System 59

Why Doesn't Every Cancer Patient Get Mets? 63

7 Just Look at a Map: How Your Cancer Is Staged 73

The Local-Regional-Distant Approach 74

Trying to Determine Cancer Location 79

Staging: The Foundation of Your Cancer Treatment 82

Putting T, N, and M Together: Staging Your Cancer 97

In Practical Terms, How Staging Is Done 101

Oh Yeah… Staging Can Change 102

8 It's All About You, Baby: Picking Your Doctors 109

Finding Your Surgeon 111

Finding Your Radiation Oncologist 120

Finding Your Medical Oncologist 124

Going to a Major Cancer Center 126

9 The Witches' Brew: Understanding Cancer Treatments 131

The Lowdown on "The Big Three" 132

Surgery: First Among Equals 133

Radiation Therapy: Frying Your Nodes Off 139

Chemotherapy: Clear as (Toxic) Mud 141

Let's Talk "Cure" 154

What About Refusing All Treatment? 158

Recurrent Cancer 161

Palliative Treatment 164

Getting a Second Opinion 166

Clinical Trials 170

Finally, Don't Go to Mexico 181

10 I Think I'll Just Drink Wheat Grass Juice 188

The Four Rules 190

Nutrition: Alternative or Supplement? 191

And Acupuncture? 195

Religiousness and Prayer 196

A Couple More Supplementals to Consider 198

Now It's Time to. Wander Off the Reservation 199

11 Talking About the Scary Stuff 201

Lifesaving and Life-Sustaining Interventions: What's Right for You? 206

How Does Cancer Kill You? 215

12 You May Not Like Your Relatives, But You Should Help Them 220

13 What About Sex? Living with Cancer 228

14 So Now You Know 232

Appendix 234

Resources 242

Index 245

About the Author 254

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