Cancer Combat: Cancer Servivors Share Their Guerrilla Tactics to Help You Win the Fight of Your Life

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Bantam Books, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages
Here's what you need to know to fight--and win--the battle against cancer.

A diagnosis of cancer is a call to arms, rallying the patient, family, friends, and medical team. In this important book, cancer survivors from around the country bring you into their lives, sharing their secret tactics for day-to-day survival to help you fight the battle of your life--and win.

In their own words, more than 80 cancer survivors, including students, athletes, actors, teachers, moms and dads--along with their favorite medical professionals--provide a valuable, intimate briefing on the fight ahead, from diagnosis to post-recovery. In Cancer Combat you will discover advice you cannot get elsewhere, the inside story from these veterans--how they felt and what they did to survive. Find out about:

How to get what you need from your medical team
Coping with hair loss, no appetite, mouth sores
Making your hospital room a home away from home
Holding it together--work, dating, family, intimacy
Maintaining your dignity--coping at the sperm bank
Keeping your kids on track--carpooling, little league games, home-cooked meals
Bills--where to look for help and how to get it
Information, support organizations, books, and much more

Cancer Combat, a book written by and for cancer fighters, teaches patients how they can fight back and win. This is a book with real, practical advice. It is a book that provides support. It is a book with attitude. And it is a book about entering the battle of your life and coming out a winner.Cancer Combatis the first book that presents winning techniques from cancer survivors n positive, hard-hitting anecdotes. This approach forms an upbeat sense of community in which the patient, friends, and family can take comfort and from which they can gain strength and confidence, and will generate the necessary will to survive and help prepare for battle.

Here, in brief anecdotes told firsthand, are the successful tactics used by more than 90 action-oriented people to defeat cancer. These smart, tough cancer fighters offer their personal stories which are gritty, often funny, and always on the money. The anecdotes address such subjects as when to turn to your nurse instead of your doctor, how to maintain your sex life when you look and feel rotten, and how to find an ally at your insurance company. Sidebars interspersed throughout the book will feature advice, suggestions, and stores from cancer care social workers, nurses, priests, rabbis and other spiritual mentors as well as encouraging facts and light-hearted suggestions, such as great funny movies to rent during treatment.

Fighting against cancer means refusing to quit, refusing to lose, and doing anything to win. This book will help every cancer patient to throw off feelings of victimization and despair, accept reality, and then fight the battle of their lives. -->

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Dean King is the bestselling author of "Skeletons on the Zahara", "Unbound", and the definitive biography of Patrick O Brian. He has written for numerous publications, including the "New York Times", "Outside", "Men s Journal", "Garden & Gun", and "Granta". He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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