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Understanding Cancer: a Patient's Guide to Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment

by Coleman, C. Norman

  • ISBN: 9780801860195
  • ISBN10: 0801860199

Understanding Cancer: a Patient's Guide to Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment

by Coleman, C. Norman

  • List Price: $39.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish date: 12/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780801860195
  • ISBN10: 0801860199
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Description: During many years of working with people with cancer and their families, Dr. Norman Coleman has found that one of their greatest needs is to understand what they hear, what they read, and what they experience. In Understanding Cancer, Dr. Coleman explains how to gather and interpret information about different treatments and how to use that information to make decisions. He helps the person with cancer prepare for visits to doctors and the hospital, to make those visits as productive as possible. He defines key medical terms and explains the concepts underlying the statistics and percentages used to characterize medical conditions. And he describes the steps involved in diagnosis, staging, and treatment so patients can understand what they are likely to be doing at different times and in different settings.

Today, people with cancer face more alternatives and decisions than ever before -- a situation that can be daunting, Dr. Coleman notes, but ultimately empowering. While most doctors try to provide complete information to their patients, it's impossible for any health care professional to provide all the detailed information a patient and family really need to make informed decisions about treatment. Although this book does not provide recommendations about a specific medical problem and its treatment, it does explain how the benefits of treatment are assessed, how to interpret the results of those assessments, and how to be a full partner in determining the course of medical treatment. Topics include:
-- Diagnosis and Treatment: What You Can Expect
-- Cancer: Where Does It Come From?
-- Diagnostic Tests and Staging Studies: Gathering Information
-- Making Decisionsabout Treatment: How Success Is Measured
-- Weighing the Long-Term Risks and Benefits of Treatment
-- An Overview of Conventional Treatments
-- Participating in Research Trials: What They're All About
-- Patient Stories: Four Clinical Case Studies
-- Patient's Checklist

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