A Cancer Survivor's Almanac: Charting Your Journey

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Wiley, Nov 20, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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"I’m thrilled that this book is available to cancer survivors. I only wish I’d had a copy 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer."
—Jill Eikenberry, actor and breast cancer advocate

"A valuable resource for survivors."
—Peari Moore, RN, MN, FAAN, Executive Director, Oncology Nursing Society

"A Cancer Survivor’s Almanac is a clearly written, sensitive, and sensible guide to surviving with cancer. This almanac can help you more comfortably and knowledgeably take charge of your life with cancer."
—David Spiegel, MD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, and author, Living Beyond Limits (Ballantine, 1994)

"This indispensible quide provides helpful information and much-needed support that will improve the quality of life for cancer survivors."
—Richard Klausner, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute

"From the time of its discovery and for the balance of life, an individual diagnosed with cancer is a survivor."
—National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Charter

A Cancer Survivor’s Almanac: Charting Your Journey serves as a guide to help survivors, caregivers, families, and friends chart a survivorship journey. Written by the survivors and professionals who founded the cancer survivorship movement, A Cancer Survivor’s Almanac provides essential up-to-date, practical information on:

  • The latest information in medical diagnosis, treatment, pain control, and long-term and late effects of cancer treatment
  • Health insurance — how to find and keep it under the most current laws (including the federal health reform law which takes effect in 1997)
  • Tips on how to find and work with the best doctors and hospitals
  • Understanding the risks and benefits of unconventional treatments
  • How to win the battle against job discrimination
  • Clear answers to legal and financial questions
  • How to cope with the personal and social impact of cancer
  • Communicating with family and friends, including dealing with grief and loss
  • The benefits of peer support, with tips on starting your own peer-support network
  • Advocating for yourself and others
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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About the author (1996)

John O. Schorge, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Massachusetts General HospitalL
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Joseph I. Schaffer, MD
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lisa M. Halvorson, MD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Barbara L. Hoffman, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Karen D. Bradshaw, MD
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

F. Gary Cunningham, MD
Distinguished Chair and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Parkland Hospital
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Sam Donaldson, 1934 - Sam Donaldson was born in 1934 in El Paso, Texas. He attended Texas Western College where he majored in telelcommunications. While he was in college, Donaldson worked at a local radio station. He graduated in 1955 and spent one year at the University of California before entering the army. He was discharged in 1959 and hired as a television announcer in Dallas, Texas. Soon after, Donaldson was offered a job by a CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. as a general assignment reporter. He later broadcast a nightly commentary and anchored the station's evening news. In 1976, Donaldson moved to the Washington Bureau of ABC and covered the 1968 political convention as well as the House and Senate news. He spent three months as a war correspondent in Vietnam before returning home to cover the presidential nominating conventions and the campaign of George McGovern. But it was his reporting on the Watergate hearings in 1973 and '74 that earned him national recognition. In 1976, Donaldson was assigned to follow Jimmy Carter on his presidential campaign, causing him to later become the White House correspondent, reporting on both the Reagan and Bush administrations. Donaldson has also appeared on "This Week with David Brinkley" and beginning in 1989, he coanchored "Primetime Live" with Diane Sawyer. His memoirs, "Hold On, Mr. President" were published in 1987.

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