Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts, Choices - and Hope

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 389 pages
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Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer. This authoritative book presents new lifesaving strategies for those already diagnosed and those at risk (including ex-smokers).

Lung cancer is deadly because it's usually found late. Dr. Claudia Henschke's groundbreaking research on early diagnosis, published in Lancet, made headlines worldwide. Now, for the first time, she offers specific recommendations based on her latest findings: who needs to be checked and how to get tested.

People with lung cancer often are told, "Nothing can be done." Not so! Dr. Henschke and coauthor Peggy McCarthy, a leading patient advocate, provide up-to-the-minute advice, along with inspiring quotes from survivors.

If lung cancer has touched your life--or if you have reason for concern--this comprehensive and compassionate book can help:

  • Understand how the lungs work and how cancer develops.
  • Pinpoint risk factors and the sometimes surprising symptoms, like back pain or swollen fingertips, that can signal a problem.
  • Learn how to find the best doctors and the latest treatments.
  • Remain healthy, active, and pain-free during and after treatment.
  • Cope with emotional and practical concerns, such as telling the children, dealing with guilt, and getting the most out of your insurance.
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    Contents

    New Information That Could Save Your Life
    1
    Clearing the Air about Guilt
    12
    The Basics
    19
    How Your Lungs Work
    21
    When Cancer Intrudes
    31
    Beating Your Risk Factors
    41
    Now You Can Find It Early
    43
    Are You at Risk?
    60
    Chemotherapy
    184
    Radiation Therapy
    211
    Getting Access to the Latest Treatments
    230
    Complementary and Alternative Therapies
    248
    Living with Lung Cancer
    269
    Treatment Is FinishedNow What?
    271
    Optimizing the Quality of Your Life
    286
    A Message for Caregivers
    306

    Encouraging News for Smokers
    79
    When Lung Cancer Strikes
    97
    Diagnosis and Staging
    99
    Coping with the News
    123
    Taking Charge of Treatment
    139
    Preparing for Effective Treatment
    141
    Surgery
    164
    The Practicalities
    314
    Its Never Too Late to Hope
    340
    Afterword
    353
    Glossary
    355
    Index
    371
    About the Authors
    389
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    Sarah Wernick, Ph.D., is an award-winning freelance health writer. Her books include the best-selling Strong Women Stay Young. Visit her website at www.sarahwernick.com.

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