Living with Cancer: A Practical Guide

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Rutgers University Press, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 375 pages

In this essential guide, Dave Visel draws on expertise hard-won during his wife's battle with lymphoma. He provides an overview of the varieties of cancer and all the basic types of treatments available. Chapters dispel common myths associated with these treatments and provide tips on nutrition and physical fitness. Visel also moves beyond the hospital to provide information and strategies to help with the emotional, practical, and financial effects of a diagnosis. Cancer patients will find the tools they need to make well-informed decisions on questions ranging from the right time to tell coworkers to whether to travel for treatment. Because medical bankruptcies affect nearly two million Americans each year, Visel devotes several chapters to financial issues. He also addresses the effects of cancer on relationships, such as how to deal with a difficult parent or whether to reconcile with an estranged spouse. In addition, Living with Cancer provides a comprehensive overview of the most useful corporate, government, and non-profit resources available. Anyone looking for help in understanding the full range of personal, professional, and legal issues associated with cancer will welcome this book. As inspiring as it is informative, it is a survival guide in the truest sense.

 

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Contents

Now What?
3
Personal Decisions
15
The Patients New World
22
Know the Illness
32
Deciding Where to Have Treatment
47
Medical Teams
53
The Partner
61
God
70
Getting Better
213
Easy Cancer
219
Tough Cancer
222
Dealing with Pain and Nausea
227
Recovering from Surgery
231
Topics You May Need to Know More About
239
Budgeting
241
Care at Home
245

The Patients Workplace
80
Friends
95
20
101
Armed Services
137
Raising Cash
140
Help a Patient Can Use and Things a Patient Should Know to Make the Best of This
147
The Personal Side of Being Very Sick
149
Nine Easy Ways to Shoot Yourself in the Foot
153
Treatments
159
Nutrition and Fitness
170
Implants and Replacement Parts
181
Contents Transplants
186
Vaccines
189
Nontraditional Healing Practices
192
Things They May Forget to Tell You about Chemo
196
Taking Your Medicine
203
Watching and Waiting
207
Always Wear Your Game Face
210
Clinical Trials
251
Personal Health Disclosure Guidelines
259
Project Management Suggestions for Partners
261
Stuff Happens
263
Travel for Medical Purposes
266
Critical Elements of PatientPartner Relationships
273
Basic PatientPartner Relationships
275
ParentChild Partnerships
277
When the Patient Is Your Spouse
284
When the Patient Is a Parent
290
When the Patient Is Not a Relation
298
One More Thing
302
Reference Center A Note on the Reference Center
305
White Pages
307
Yellow Pages
337
Index 365
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About the author (2006)

Dave Visel worked as a reporter and served in the Air Force before he founded an advertising agency in Los Angeles. His first priority in recent years has been support for his wife in her struggle with cancer. He lives in Southern California. Michael Fisch, M.D., is the medical director for the Clinical Community Oncology Program at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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