The Layman's Guide To Surviving Cancer: From Diagnosis Through Treatment And Beyond

The Layman's Guide To Surviving Cancer: From Diagnosis Through Treatment And Beyond

by Howard L. Bressler


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ISBN-13: 9781626528581
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Howard Bressler has been married to his wife, Ceci, for twenty-two years. They have two daughters and live on Long Island, New York. Howard has been practicing law in New York City for more than twenty years, and has extensive experience in toxic tort and chemical exposure cases. Part of that work has involved investigating the science behind diseases, including cancer, and working with expert scientific witnesses in order to make complicated issues regarding disease causation and progression understandable to lay-people.

In August 2000, Howard was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. He underwent high-dose chemotherapy and participated in a clinical trial using arsenic trioxide to treat his cancer. In The Layman's Guide To Surviving Cancer, he puts his analytical skills, perspectives and personal and professional experience to work in crafting a roadmap for others to follow as they navigate the road to cancer survivorship. Visit him online at

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Preface xvii

Introduction xxi

Part I Get Ready to Rumble: Dealing with Your Diagnosis and Going Through Treatment 1

Chapter 1 First Things First: You've Been Diagnosed, Now What? 3

Chapter 2 Next Steps 17

Chapter 3 Getting the Information 41

Chapter 4 "Work"ing it Out 51

Chapter 5 Starting Your Treatment 57

Chapter 6 Dealing With Chemotherapy 71

Chapter 7 Dealing With Radiation 87

Chapter 8 Protecting Yourself During Your Treatment 95

Part II A Little thing that Makes a Big Difference: The Positive Cancer Attitude 103

Chapter 9 Live the Cliché: Laughter and Joy 105

Chapter 10 Be Normal 117

Chapter 11 "When it's Dark Enough, You Can See the Stars" 123

Chapter 12 Give Up or Fight Like Hell! 135

Chapter 13 Appreciate Good People 143

Part III Leave No Stone Unturned: Complementing Your Cancer Treatments 147

Chapter 14 Eating Well to Be Well 149

Chapter 15 Thinking Outside the Box: Alternative Medicine and Holistic Approaches 167

Chapter 16 Find Your Soul 179

Chapter 17 The Three "P's" of Survival 185

Part IV What Lies Within Us: Navigating the Road Ahead 193

Chapter 18 Dig your well Before You Need the Water 195

Chapter 19 If the End Becomes Inevitable 199

Chapter 20 For those Left Behind 207

Chapter 21 Life-Changing Events Should Change Your Life 217

Appendix A What to Bring to the Hospital 227

Appendix B What to Bring to Outpatient Treatments 229

Appendix C Preparations List 231

Bibliography 233

Index 241

About The Author 247

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The Layman's Guide To Surviving Cancer: From Diagnosis Through Treatment And Beyond 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A special thank you to Langdon Street Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Howard Bressler’s The Layman’s Guide to Surviving Cancer provides a wealth of information, addressing the physical, emotional, dietary, holistic and spiritual aspects of cancer diagnosis! His book, along with Bressler’s website, offers invaluable information for achieving a healthy body and mind for patients of cancer, the family, and those who desire a better understanding of issues surrounding this illness— an easy to read layman’s point of view format, versus boring medical jargon. On a personal note, I received the devastating news of cancer, of both parents this past year. My mom, age 82 has colon cancer and secondary liver cancer, currently undergoing chemo. Dad, age 83 has Stage 1 chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Both parents had previously been very healthy, actively working out six days a week, fit, a healthy lifestyle, with normal checkups and no family history of cancer. The news has been shocking—a roller coaster ride and ongoing journey with mom, being in and out of the hospital since receiving her news—surgery, colon resection, double pneumonia, blood transfusions, blockage, heart problems, lung and kidney infections, etc. (this was all prior to starting chemo). The Layman’s Guide to Surviving Cancer was extremely helpful to me, as mom and dad do not research anything surrounding their illness, nor ask a lot of questions—almost to the point of not knowing is better. I am the one in the family constantly researching, reading, questioning, and recommending things as well as prompting them what to ask the oncologist, always making suggestions. Receiving praise from some of the leading oncologists in the country, The Layman’s Guide to Surviving Cancer addresses these issues on a personal level, drawing on his experiences. As a leukemia survivor, and his legal experience, Howard Bressler breaks down the practical issues of dealing with cancer, empowering you and your loved ones to defeat whatever challenges you may encounter on the journey ahead. Highly Recommend this well-written and insightful book, as well as the website, for updated resources.