Everything You Need to Know About Cancer in Language You Can Understand

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, Oct 25, 2010 - Medical - 136 pages
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In this unique guide, Dr. Matthew D. Galsky explains the basics of what cancer is in understandable terms so that newly diagnosed cancer patients, their family, and their friends can make educated decisions about their cancer treatment options. Everything You Need to Know About Cancer explains what cancer is, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.
 

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Contents

So what is cancer anyway?
1
What is the bone marrow and why is it important in cancer?
11
How is cancer diagnosed?
19
What is a pathology report?
25
What is cancer staging? How is cancer treated?
31
Why do I have to see more than one kind of doctor?
41
What is chemotherapy?
47
What is radiation therapy?
59
Why do I have to undergo all these different typesof scans?
75
What are the most important questions I should ask my doctor?
83
My friend says X about cancer Is it true?
87
I am an individual not a statistic so why are clinical trials and their results so important?
95
What can I do about the side effects of treatment?
105
I feel like I am going through this alone Where can I get some help and support?
117
Appendix
121
Index
129

Why do I have blood drawn at every appointment? What is being tested and what do the results mean?
65

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