From initial diagnosis to the latest treatments, this encouraging, authoritative guide explores everything you need to know to make informed choices about colon cancer care. You'll learn how colon cancer develops, what to expect from diagnostic tests, and how to choose the best doctors and treatment centers. Here's invaluable information on:
- Which treatment options work best for different phases of colon cancer
- How to cope with physical and emotional side effects
- Tips on resuming a healthy lifestyle
- Related disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
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About the Author
PAUL MISKOVITZ, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical College, and an Associate Attending Physician at The New York Hospital. Dr. Miskovitz practices gastroenterology in New York City.
MARIAN BETANCOURT is the author of What to Do When Love Turns Violent, and coauthor of Chronic Illness and the Family and What to Do If You Get Breast Cancer. Ms. Betancourt lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Table of Contents
What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer.
Guidelines for Accurate Diagnosis.
Biopsy and Staging.
Choosing Physicians and Treatment Centers.
Before You Begin Treatment.
Surgical Treatment: Local Excision, Polypectomy.
Surgical Treatment: Partial and Total Colectomy, Colostomy.
Surgical Treatment: Rectal and Recurring Cancer.
Recovering From Surgery.
Radiation Treatment for Rectal Cancer.
When You Need Chemotherapy.
Coping With the Side Effects of Chemotherapy.
Nonmedical Aids to Treatment.
Taking Charge of Your Follow-Up Care.
Staying Healthy After Colon Cancer.
Living With a Colostomy.
Going Back to Work.
Reversing Sexual Side Effects of Treatment.
Protecting Your Family From Colon Cancer.