A Cancer Survivor's Almanac: Charting Your Journey

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Chronimed Pub., 1996 - Medical - 325 pages
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In addition, an expanded Resource Section lists hundreds of organizations and agencies that offer help regarding specific cancer-related issues and explains how to find cancer information through the Internet. Cancer survivors and their caregivers, families, and friends share their greatest gifts to today' s survivors the power of knowledge. No cancer journey is easy. This book, however, provides the information, understanding, support, and resources to help dispel the myths and improve the quality of life with, through, and beyond cancer. All royalties from the sales of this book benefit the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

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Contents

PART ONE TAKING CARE OF YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS
3
What Is Cancer? 5 Types of Treatment
9
Skin Changes
19
LongTerm and Late Effects 23 Other Late Effects
25
BECOMING AWISE CONSUMER
31
COMMUNICATIONS THE TWO WAY STREET
39
Evaluating Hospitals 43 Going Home
49
WORKING TOGETHER FOR YOUR BENEFIT
61
PeerLed Support Groups vs Peer Support with a Multi
155
Have You Found the Networks in the Culture
161
CHAPTER EIGHT STRAIGHT TALKABOUT INSURANCE AND HEALTH PLANS
167
Feeforservice Managed Care Plans
173
OBTAINING AND MAINTAINING HEALTH COVERAGE
182
Your Legal Right Health Insurance
189
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE
191
CONCLUSIONWHEN ALL ELSE FAILS
200

Social Workers 63 Rehabilitation Specialists
67
CHAPTER FOUR UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS AND BENEFITS OF UNCONVENTIONAL TREATMENT
73
MIXING CONVENTIONAL AND UNCONVENTIONAL
78
SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS
89
Discovering Strategies Replacing Negative
97
Changes in SelfPerception 102 Gaining Control
108
COMMUNICATION HOPE AND LOSS
115
Family Coping Styles 121 Avoiding Family Burnout
122
LIFE AFTER THE CANCER CRISIS
129
CHAPTER SEVEN REACHING OUT THE POWER OF PEER SUPPORT
137
Peer Support in the Cancer Guiding Principles of Effective
148
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
207
WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWS
231
CHAPTER TEN LEGAL AND FINANCIAL CONCERNS
237
PLANNINGYOUR PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL FUTURE
244
OTHER LEGAL CONCERNS OF CANCER SURVIVORS
250
PART FOUR TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
261
CHAPTER TWELVESURVIVORS AS ADVOCATES
273
RESOURCES
281
INDEX
327
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