Living Time: Faith and Facts to Transform Your Cancer Journey

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Random House Publishing Group, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 340 pages
Living Time is at once a personal odyssey, an intimate doctor-patient communication, and a prescriptive guide for patients and their families. Writing with wit and humility, Dr. Bernadine Healy shares the hard-won insights that transformed her own struggle with a deadly cancer more than seven years ago, affirming her identity as patient and doctor with the many who share this journey.

Together with more than ten million survivors in the United States alone, Dr. Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health, is a close witness to the medical advances that have brought us to a turning point in the war on cancer. This quiet revolution is curing a growing number of cancers and transforming many others from a death sentence to a chronic illness, one that calls for vigilance but not despair.

Beginning with her own compelling story, Dr. Healy interweaves it with one of the most lucid narratives ever written of what cancer is, how it works in our bodies, and how we can defeat it. She explains how genetic research and other new approaches are radically altering diagnosis and treatment, and she offers precise and empowering ways for patients and their families to access the information and support they need to secure the best in modern cancer care. She also underlines the urgency of accelerating the pace of research that could map out and destroy cancer in the twenty-first century.

Dr. Healy is forthright about the rigors of treatment and the toll cancer still takes, but readers will come away from her book with the information, resources, and heartfelt encouragement they need to look forward to a future with hope.


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Contents

PART ONE The Start of My Journey Chapter 1 A Valentines
3
The New Face of Cancer
14
PART TWO How Cancer Comes to Be Chapter 3 Anatomy of Cancer
29
The Hubris of Immortality
46
Cancer on the March
57
Can We Control Our Fate? Chapter 6 Cancer Risk Factors
75
Making an Everyday Difference
103
Chapter Working with Your Doctor
124
Treatment Scorecards 1 1
183
PART FIVE Patient Empowered
209
Medics Mentors and Cancer Centers 22 5
225
PART SIX Survivors Rising
247
Survivors All
260
Attitudes of the Head and the Heart
277
Living Time 2 94
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PART FOUR Treatments New Era Chapter 9 Getting Started
141
Why Cancer Treatment Works
159
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Bernadine Healy, M.D., is one of America's best-known physicians. A cardiologist by training, she is the former head of the National Institutes of Health, the American Red Cross, and the College of Medicine and Public Health at Ohio State University. She is currently the health editor for US News and World Report and writes the magazine's bi-weekly "On Health" column. She also makes nationwide speaking and media appearances about our most crucial health issues.


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