The Chemotherapy Survival Guide

The Chemotherapy Survival Guide

Everything You Need to Know to Get Through Treatment

Book - 2009
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When you're facing cancer treatment, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and alone. Between the hospital or clinic environment and the medical terminology used by doctors and health care professionals, you may feel as though you've entered a foreign country.

Written by two experienced oncology nurses, this compassionate and comprehensive guide explains in plain English everything you need to know about your treatment, including what you can expect at each stage of chemotherapy and what you can do to prevent or minimize side effects. Packed with practical suggestions, nutritional advice, relaxation skills, and other techniques to help strengthen your body and calm your mind,The Chemotherapy Survival Guide is a must-have resource for anyone navigating this difficult time.

Publisher: Oakland : New Harbinger, c2009
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781572246218
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.994061 MCK 2009
Characteristics: viii, 267 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Schacher, Tamera


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This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. FE 102 M 2009

Jun 15, 2012

When I was diagnosed with a very rare, highly aggressive form of cancer, I checked out and read literally dozens of books on chemotherapy and cancer. This “The Chemotherapy Survival Guide” has been, by far, the best, most comprehensive book that I’ve explored. In fact, I used this book to formulate 3 typed pages of questions and took them to my treatment planning meeting and which my oncologist readily answered. As I’ve gone through my treatment, I have referred back to the book often. All in all, I credit this book for helping me to be as prepared as anyone can be for the chemo process. One of the only things the book didn’t mention, so it greatly concerned me when it happened, is that some patients experience extreme scalp pain, prior to their hair falling out (although not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss). I highly recommend this book to anyone who finds themselves fighting to survive this devastating disease. My next step was radiation and I found that most of the books on radiation were more focused on the science of radiation, rather than the experience from the patient’s prospective, they have not provided me with the type of information I was seeking. In the library at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance I finally found a book about radiation that was equally as good in regards to providing great patient information. It is: "Best News about Radiation Therapy: How to Cope and Survive", by Carol L. Kornmehl.

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