Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment

Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment


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ISBN-13: 9781626258624
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 583,006
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Palma, MD, PhD, is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher focusing on the treatment of lung, head and neck, and metastatic cancers. He holds advanced degrees from Harvard University, the VU University in Amsterdam, and Western University in Canada. Palma has published more than one hundred scientific research articles, and has won several awards for academics and teaching. He lives in Canada with his wife Cheryl Smits—a family doctor—and their three children. He is an avid marathon runner and Ironman triathlete.
Foreword writer Anthony Zietman, MD, is Shipley Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and former president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). He is chief editor of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics—one of the world’s leading radiation oncology journals—and is a trustee of the American Board of Radiology.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii


1 Taking Charge Can Improve Your Chances 2

2 The Basics 13

Resources: Learning More About Cancer 30

Online Medical Dictionaries 30

Understanding Your Situation

3 Where It All Starts: Your First Consultation 32

4 Deciphering Your Medical Reports 45

Resources: How Reports Are Structured 68

Sample Patient Scenarios 73

Finding More Help for Pathology or Radiology Reports 88

Understanding Blood Test Results 89

Evaluating Your Doctor's Recommendations

5 How Doctors Decide Which Treatment Is Best 92

6 Is Your Doctor's Recommendation Best for You? 103

7 Weighing Risks and Benefits 112

8 How to Get Free Second Opinions 121

Resources: Accessing Treatment Guidelines 131

Finding a Doctor 134

Getting World - Class Care

9 Getting Top-Notch Surgery 138

Resources: Hospital Volume 154

10 Is Your Radiation Hit-or-Miss? 155

11 Systemic Therapy: More Than Just a Drip 175

Resources: Calculating the Benefits of Systemic Therapy 183

Checking the Drugs and Doses 184

12 Clinical Trials: Sometimes a Better Option 185

Resources: Clinical Trial Directories 192

13 After Treatment Is Finished 193

Resources: Survivorship Care Plans 203

14 When There Is No Cure 205

Resources: Living Wills 217

15 Cancer Myths and Truths 218

Epilogue: The Taking Charge of Cancer Patient Checklist 233

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

About the Author 257


Palma resides in London, ONT, Canada.

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