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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The Living with Cancer Team
Quick Starts xvii
Setting the Stage
Now What? 3
Some Preliminary Introductions and Suggestions
Personal Decisions 15
Treatments 159
Nutrition and Fitness 170
Implants and Replacement Parts 181
Transplants 186
Vaccines 189
Nontraditional Healing Practices 192
Things They May Forget to Tell You about Chemo 196
Taking Your Medicine 203

The Idea of Patient Partnering 19
The Patients New World 22
Know the Illness 32
Learn the Lingo 37
People Dont Beat Cancer Teams of People
Deciding Where to Have Treatment 47
Medical Teams 53
The Partner 61
God 70
The Patients Personal Organization 74
The Patients Workplace 80
Friends 95
An Inventory and Evaluation of Available Tools
Health Insurance 101
PublicAssistance Law 108
PrivateAttorney Services 110
Family Money 115
Charities 117
Support Groups 120
Fraternal Orders and CommunityService Groups 124
Gifts and Givers 129
Public Assistance 132
Armed Services 137
Raising Cash 140
Help a Patient Can Use and Things a Patient Should Know to Make the Best of This
The Personal Side of Being Very Sick 149
Nine Easy Ways to Shoot Yourself in the Foot 153
Watching and Waiting 207
Always Wear Your Game Face 210
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
Budgeting 241
Care at Home 245
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
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 with his family in Southern California.

Michael J. Fisch, M.D., is the medical director for the Clinical Community Oncology Program at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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