Taking Charge of Cancer

Taking Charge of Cancer

What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment

Book - 2017
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Publisher: Oakland, CA :, New Harbinger Publications, Inc.,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781626258624
Characteristics: x, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Zietman, Anthony
Contents: Introduction
Taking charge can improve your chances
The basics
Resources: Learning more about cancer ; Online medical dictionaries
Understanding your situation
Where it all starts: your first consultation
Deciphering your medical reports
Resources: How reports are structured ; Sample patient scenarios ; Finding more help for pathology or radiology reports ; Understanding blood test results
Evaluating your doctor's recommendations
How doctors decide which treatment is best
Is your doctor's recommendation best for you?
Weighing risks ad benefits
How to get free second opinions
Resources: Accessing treatment guidelines ; Finding a doctor
Getting world-class care
Getting top-notch surgery
Resources: Hospital volume
Is your radiation hit-or-miss?
Systemic therapy: more than just a drip
Resources: Calculating the benefits of systemic therapy ; Checking the drugs and doses
Clinical trials: sometimes a better option
Resources: Clinical trial directories
After treatment is finished
Resources: Survivorship care plans
When there is no cure
Resources: Living wills
Cancer myths and truths
Epilogue: The Taking Charge of Cancer checklist.

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