Living Well with Cancer: A Nurse Tells You Everything You Need to Know

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An oncology nurse provides solutions for coping with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

Practical, compassionate, supportive, Living Well with Cancer provides cancer patients and their caregivers with the information they need to cope with and manage the side effects of cancer and its treatments.

Katen Moore has seen firsthand what can make cancer patients feel better as they undergo treatment. This empowering book presents options for the cancer patient-it doesn't promote one protocol over another. Alphabetical listings of the symptoms enable readers to find what they want quickly and easily-and, while it is based on the most up-to-date research, the tone is comforting and reader-friendly.

Living Well with Cancer addresses the physical and emotional reactions that people with cancer face and provides solutions for coping with these issues, including alternative approaches such as aromatherapy, herbal remedies, massage, nutrition, and yoga. The authors explain clearly and comprehensively not only how to use these alternative methods, but how to use them safely and effectively, including how to know when to seek medical help.

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The cruel irony of cancer treatment programs that cause additional pain--both physical and psychological--prompted two concerned women to write Living Well with Cancer. Oncology nurse practitioner Katen Moore and medical researcher Libby Schmais present a comprehensive resource for those who suffer from mild to severe side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and drug treatments associated with cancer.

Conversational yet never wordy, their extensive “remedy guide” covers about 40 specific topics, including appetite and breathing problems, bleeding and bruising, depression, hair loss, nausea, and infection. Each begins with a description of symptoms, followed by detailed paragraphs on diagnosis and treatment considerations. Here, Moore and Schmais succinctly outline the treatment-related causes--and other potential factors--behind each problem. Page-long discussions of prevention and remedies offer proven conventional and alternative medical solutions and sometimes include an equally helpful list titled "We Don't Recommend."

The remaining portion addresses more challenging emotional and practical concerns: stress, death and dying, nutrition, exercise, sex, and sexuality. Multiple sidebars dot many of the book's 250-plus pages, spotlighting key points about the topic at hand. Upbeat, highly accessible, and carefully compiled, this worthwhile guide offers cancer patients invaluable help and the hope necessary to implement it. --Liane Thomas

About the Author:

Katen Moore, M.S.N, R.N., C.S., is an oncology nurse practitioner, nationally certified in adult primary care and advanced oncology. She was one of the first fifty fellows in the Leadership Development Institute of the Oncology Nursing Society in 1999.

Libby Schmais, M.F.A., M.L.S., is an author and researcher with a particular interest in medical issues.

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