Understanding Cancer: A Patient's Guide to Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment

Understanding Cancer: A Patient's Guide to Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801884177
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/25/2006
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

C. Norman Coleman, M.D., is associate director of the Radiation Oncology Sciences Program at the National Cancer Institute. He is a senior medical expert at the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and author of over two hundred scientific papers. Understanding Cancer is independent of his work at the National Cancer Institute.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward C. Halperin, M.D.
Foreword to the First Edition by Ellen L. Stovall
Preface
Introduction
1. Diagnosis and Treatment: What You Can Expect
2. Cancer: Where Does It Come From?
3. Diagnostic Tests and Staging Studies: Gathering Information
4. Making Decisions about Treatment: How Success Is Measured
5. Weighing the Long-Term Risks and Benefits of Treatment
6. Conventional Treatments: An Overview
7. Molecular-Target Therapy
8. Clincial Research Trials: What They're All About
9. Clinical Case Studies: Four Patient Stories
Afterword
Appendixes
A. Cancer Molecular Biology
B. Analyzing Cost-Effectiveness
C. Performance Status Scoring Systems
D. Patient's Checklist
Bibligraphy
Index

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