Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

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9780300149265: Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

Anyone who is diagnosed with cancer receives a frightening blow, and in many cases the diagnosis is accompanied by a bewildering array of treatment choices. In this invaluable book, Dr. Richard C. Frank offers comfort and help to cancer patients, their families, and their caretakers. Dr. Frank empowers patients by unlocking the mysteries of the disease and explaining in plain language the ways to confront and combat it.

 

An award-winning medical oncologist recognized for his humanitarian approach as well as his research accomplishments, Dr. Frank understands that cancer patients and their families need insight into the disease along with a sense of control. He therefore addresses these vital topics:

–what cancer is and how it spreads

–how cancer treatment strategies are chosen

–how cancer-fighting drugs work to shut down the growth of the disease

–which factors affect a patient’s prognosis

–how patients can visualize cancer treatments at work in the body and why this is helpful

–how to deal with “uncurable” cancer

–and more.

 

With a wealth of patient case histories, helpful coping strategies from cancer survivors, and up-to-date information on useful resources, Fighting Cancer is the book cancer patients and their loved ones can turn to with confidence and hope.

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About the Author:

Richard C. Frank is director of cancer research at the Whittingham Cancer Center of Norwalk Hospital, medical director of Mid-Fairfield Hospice, and Clinical Assistant Attending at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has recently been appointed cancer expert for WebMD, and was named a “Top Doc” in the New York Metro area by Castle and Connelly. Dr. Frank lives in Fairfield, CT.

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“An important resource for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.... [It] demonstrates the author’s astute knowledge coupled with profound compassion."—Phyllis Osterman, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(Phyllis Osterman)

“Dr. Frank writes in a clear and compassionate manner, presenting a well organized framework for understanding cancer and participating in care. His use of patient cases helps personalize the information and offers guidance for managing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope is a book that will provide confidence and direction to people with cancer and their loved ones.”—Diane Blum, Executive Director, CancerCare
(Diane Blum)

"This is a terrific book and will be a valuable tool for readers who really want to understand the pathophysiology of cancer."—Julie K. Silver, M.D., author of What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope (Julie K. Silver)

“Since reading this book, I understand cancer in a completely different way. . . .it is a ‘must have’ for people who are newly diagnosed as well as people who have been living with cancer for many years. It can be used by doctors, nurses, and therapists to explain the simple and complex realities of cancer. . . .This resource is of huge value.”—Elizabeth April-Fritz, three time breast cancer survivor (Elizabeth April-Fritz)

“I found this book unique. It takes complex concepts, pares them down and allows the lay reader to enter a world previously reserved for physicians, scientists, and researchers. This special privilege is offered to the lay reader, enabling one to walk away with a better understanding of cancer and all its ramifications. Adding to its uniqueness is the fact that the book accomplishes its goal without sounding ‘text-bookish’ or overly pedantic.”—Carol T. Avery, Ed.D., R.N., C., co-author of Quick Look Nursing: Obstetric and Pediatric Pathophysiology (Carol T. Avery)

“Here is a resource no cancer patient should be without. Simply written and easy to understand, Fighting Cancer answers most questions a cancer patient may have and, most important, offers hope.”—Christine Horner, M.D., F.A.C.S., author Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect against and Fight Breast Cancer

(Christine Horner)

Winner of the 2010 American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Awards in the Health care professionals-nonphysician category (American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Awards in the Health care prof American Medical Writers Association 2010-07-15)

"For healthcare professionals seeking to recommend a credible and current cancer resource with confidence, this guide is invaluable."—Greg Gorgas, Oncology Business Review (Greg Gorgas Oncology Business Review)

"A reference written in plain English and an affirmation of the wholistic approach to management of the patient with cancer. . . . This book gives answers to all the common questions our patients have when they are faced with meeting an oncologist for the first time."—Cancer Forum (Cancer Forum)

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