Managing Cancer: Managing to Stay Alive, is a New Way to Think About Cancer, that is, as a Manageable Disease

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This book is the first to offer cancer patients a solid plan to turn a fatal disease into a chronic, manageable illness. But everyone should read this book so they know what to do when someone they love gets cancer. Eight short chapters provide 200 Things You Should Know and 200 Things You Can Do. But you don't have to do them all. Doing only a few may save your life. Appendices provide 400 questions to ask and 200 of the best cancer resources.

“Curing Cancer” is being replaced with a new model: “Managing Cancer.” That’s what the medical literature and media have been reporting. Managing Cancer: Managing to Stay Alive is the first book to offer a solid plan for patients who are managing cancer, so they can manage to stay alive. But everyone should read this book before someone they love gets cancer.

The author offers personal and professional perspectives gained from 6 years of speaking with patients with cancer, all of whom have said the same thing: “When I was diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t know what to do.”

This book tells patients exactly what they can do, quickly and thoroughly. Patients with cancer have no time to sit, with yellow highlighter in hand, reading hundreds of pages of text. So, the author has done the work for them.

Eight short chapters are the backbone of this 400-page book. An easy-to-use format lists 200 Things You Should Know and 200 Things You Can Do. Chapters 9 to 18 fill in the gaps with concrete information. The Appendices offer 400 Questions Patients Can Ask and 200 of the best Cancer Resources.

Managing Cancer: Managing to Stay Alive walks patients through how to get an accurate diagnosis, how to evaluate treatment options, and how to make decisions. It filters the ubiquitous information about cancer, especially on the Internet. Hard-to-find services are provided (eg, have your pathology report translated from medical lingo to English for free) and vital information that most laypersons aren’t aware of until it’s too late (eg, all patients should get a second opinion on their biopsy specimen by an expert pathologist).

Patients with cancer also need to know what not to do, eg, how to avoid becoming one of the 150,000 Americans who die from medical errors and infections in hospitals yearly. Concise listings of symptoms of medical emergencies also are included: infection, anemia, blood-clotting problems, allergic reactions to drugs, and more.

Madeleen Herreshoff, Director, CANHELP, a cancer treatment information service since 1983, says "Congratulations on Managing Cancer: Managing to Stay Alive. It is crucial for cancer patients to be well-informed about the latest and best treatments…. Being informed, proactive, and having a support team to call on, when confused or at crossroads are all critical components in the cancer patient’s quest towards health.

Oncology Research Advisor and Oncology Editor, Eileen M. Lynch, PhD, at Life Extension Foundation says, “I would highly recommend that any person managing cancer who wishes to be proactive in their cancer care read Managing Cancer: Managing to Stay Alive.”

A former patient says: “This book taught me why I should get, and how to go about getting, a second opinion about my prostate cancer. I did, even though I really didn’t want to, and couldn’t believe the difference in approaches. Now I am certain that I made the right choice about my treatment.”

Palkon Publishing Services Corp.

Available in December 2004.

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