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Taking charge of cancer : what you need to know to get the best treatment / David Palma, MD, PhD ; foreword by Anthony Zietman, MD.

By: Palma, David.
Contributor(s): Zietman, Anthony [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2017]Description: x, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781626258624; 1626258627.Subject(s): Cancer -- Popular works | Cancer -- TreatmentDDC classification: 616.99/4
Contents:
Introduction: Taking charge can improve your chances ; The basics -- Understanding your situation: Where it all starts : your first consultation ; Deciphering your medical reports -- Evaluating your doctor's recommendations: How doctors decide which treatment is best ; Is your doctor's recommendation best for you? ; Weighing risks and benefits ; How to get free second opinions -- Getting world-class care: Getting top-notch surgery ; Is your radiation hit-or-miss? ; Systemic therapy : more than just a drip ; Clinical trials : sometimes a better option ; After treatment is finished ; When there is no cure ; Cancer myths and truths -- Epilogue: The Taking charge of cancer patient checklist.
Summary: Provides guidance and advice to those who have just received a cancer diagnosis by helping them choose between treatment options, select the best medical team, and learn how to be their own advocate.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A critical resource for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. Written by a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, Taking Charge of Cancer offers an insider s guide to understanding and receiving the best treatment options, choosing the right medical team, and approaching this difficult time with knowledge and hope. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, and the first thing you probably want to know is: How am I going to survive this? Cancer care requires decisions from numerous professionals, delivering treatments that are potentially life-saving, but also potentially dangerous and life-threatening. The chances of cure and survival for any given patient depend on the expertise of the cancer team, and whether procedures are in place to ensure that cancer care is delivered properly. So, how can you make sure you choose the right treatment team and ensure the best chances of survival and long-term health after being diagnosed with cancer? Taking Charge of Cancer is a different type of book for cancer patients one that goes beyond the cancer information that is currently available, allowing you to truly take control of your cancer treatment. You ll learn how to obtain and understand medical records, and why these records are critical to your care. You ll also find the tools you ll need to determine if the recommendations made by doctors are in keeping with accepted treatment guidelines. You ll discover how doctors use evidence to decide which treatments are best, as well as how doctors can become biased in their recommendations. And, most importantly, you ll be able to evaluate whether surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy make the most sense in your specific case and whether or not these serious treatments are being delivered effectively and safely according to the highest standards.Now that you ve received a cancer diagnosis, it s time to set a plan in motion for your recovery. This book will help you do just that every step of the way.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-255).

Introduction: Taking charge can improve your chances ; The basics -- Understanding your situation: Where it all starts : your first consultation ; Deciphering your medical reports -- Evaluating your doctor's recommendations: How doctors decide which treatment is best ; Is your doctor's recommendation best for you? ; Weighing risks and benefits ; How to get free second opinions -- Getting world-class care: Getting top-notch surgery ; Is your radiation hit-or-miss? ; Systemic therapy : more than just a drip ; Clinical trials : sometimes a better option ; After treatment is finished ; When there is no cure ; Cancer myths and truths -- Epilogue: The Taking charge of cancer patient checklist.

Provides guidance and advice to those who have just received a cancer diagnosis by helping them choose between treatment options, select the best medical team, and learn how to be their own advocate.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. vii)
  • Introduction
  • 1 Taking Charge Can Improve Your Chances (p. 2)
  • 2 The Basics (p. 13)
  • Resources: Learning More About Cancer (p. 30)
  • Online Medical Dictionaries (p. 30)
  • Understanding Your Situation
  • 3 Where It All Starts: Your First Consultation (p. 32)
  • 4 Deciphering Your Medical Reports (p. 45)
  • Resources: How Reports Are Structured (p. 68)
  • Sample Patient Scenarios (p. 73)
  • Finding More Help for Pathology or Radiology Reports (p. 88)
  • Understanding Blood Test Results (p. 89)
  • Evaluating Your Doctor's Recommendations
  • 5 How Doctors Decide Which Treatment Is Best (p. 92)
  • 6 Is Your Doctor's Recommendation Best for You? (p. 103)
  • 7 Weighing Risks and Benefits (p. 112)
  • 8 How to Get Free Second Opinions (p. 121)
  • Resources: Accessing Treatment Guidelines (p. 131)
  • Finding a Doctor (p. 134)
  • Getting World - Class Care
  • 9 Getting Top-Notch Surgery (p. 138)
  • Resources: Hospital Volume (p. 154)
  • 10 Is Your Radiation Hit-or-Miss? (p. 155)
  • 11 Systemic Therapy: More Than Just a Drip (p. 175)
  • Resources: Calculating the Benefits of Systemic Therapy (p. 183)
  • Checking the Drugs and Doses (p. 184)
  • 12 Clinical Trials: Sometimes a Better Option (p. 185)
  • Resources: Clinical Trial Directories (p. 192)
  • 13 After Treatment Is Finished (p. 193)
  • Resources: Survivorship Care Plans (p. 203)
  • 14 When There Is No Cure (p. 205)
  • Resources: Living Wills (p. 217)
  • 15 Cancer Myths and Truths (p. 218)
  • Epilogue: The Taking Charge of Cancer Patient Checklist (p. 233)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 237)
  • Notes (p. 239)
  • About the Author (p. 257)