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Breast Cancer Recurrence and Advanced Disease: Comprehensive Expert Guidance

Format:  Paperback,

356 pages

Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2010

ISBN-13: 9780822347637

ISBN-10: 0822347636

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At age 42, Barbara L. Gordon was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Two years later, it appeared that the cancer had metastasized. Along with her oncologist and other experts, Gordon has written the book that she wished she had as she faced late-stage breast cancer and the prospect of dying from the disease. Filled with information and advice, and designed to enable informed decisions and improved quality of life, this comprehensive guide gathers in one place authoritative medical information about recurrence and late-stage breast cancer, and it addresses the practical, emotional, spiritual, and interpersonal aspects of dying and death.

This indispensable book aids those diagnosed with recurrent or late-stage breast cancer, those wanting to reduce the chance of a recurrence, and those with other types of late-stage cancer. It is also a valuable resource for healthcare professionals, friends, and family members.

Topics covered include

- Types of recurrence, their symptoms, and ways of minimizing the chance of a recurrence
- Diagnostic tests, potential surgeries, and treatments to manage late-stage cancer
- Getting the best care, evaluating complementary therapies, and alleviating pain and depression
- Cessation of treatment and what one may experience as the disease progresses
- End-of-life issues including dealing with financial and legal matters, communicating with loved ones and hospice workers, and planning memorial services

"Breast Cancer Recurrence and Advanced Disease" includes a glossary of medical terms, appendices on nutrition and integrative health centers, and links to current Web sites addressing matters such as clinical trials, patients' rights, and medical expenses.

Specifications

Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2010
ISBN-13: 9780822347637
ISBN-10: 0822347636
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 356
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780822347637

Chapter outline

List of Online Resourcesp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Local and Distant Recurrencep. 5
Common Questions about Recurrencep. 6
Predictors of Recurrencep. 9
Recurrence Statisticsp. 20
Reducing Chances of Recurrencep. 24
Local and Regional Recurrencep. 34
Distant Recurrence/Metastatic Cancerp. 42
Immediate Concerns and Best Carep. 51
Emotional Self-Carep. 52
Getting the Best Carep. 56
Researching Your Disease and Treatmentp. 68
Exploring Treatment Optionsp. 72
Medical Treatmentsp. 83
Physical and Emotional Considerations in Determining Treatmentp. 84
Local Treatment Aimed at Specific Tumor Sitesp. 89
Treatment Aimed at Cancer Cells throughout the Body-Systemic Treatmentp. 93
Monitoring Treatmentp. 110
Supportive/Palliative Treatmentp. 111
Understanding Cancer Development, Treatment, and Emerging Therapiesp. 115
Understanding Cancer Developmentp. 116
How Current Treatments Fight Cancerp. 129
How Targeted Therapies Fight Cancerp. 134
The Futurep. 145
Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Carep. 153
Comparison of CAM and Standard Western Medical Practicesp. 155
Nature's Pharmacy in Cancer Treatmentp. 157
Biologically Based Practicesp. 60
Whole Alternative Medical Systemsp. 168
Exercise and Manipulative Practicesp. 170
Mind-Body Interventionsp. 172
Energy Therapiesp. 173
Considerations in Using a CAM Practicep. 175
Selecting a Complementary Health-Care Practitionerp. 180
Managing Pain and Understanding the Dying Processp. 185
Pain from Metastatic Cancerp. 186
Describing and Evaluating Painp. 188
Attacking the Causes and Symptoms of Painp. 191
Euthanasia and Suicidep. 196
Choices in Dyingp. 200
How We Diep. 203
Practical Mattersp. 211
Medical Rightsp. 211
Paying for and Managing Medical Expensesp. 219
Final Arrangements: Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, Memorial Servicep. 245
Emotional and Spiritual Well-Beingp. 263
Responding to Lossp. 264
Interrelating with Others: Those You See Occasionallyp. 273
Interrelating with Those Closest to Youp. 276
At Ease near life's Endp. 283
Reflections on Deathp. 293
Absolute and Relative Riskp. 297
Diet and Breast Cancerp. 301
CAM Centersp. 311
Glossary of Medical and Scientific Termsp. 317
Referencesp. 331
Indexp. 345

Book description

At age 42, Barbara L. Gordon was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Two years later, it appeared that the cancer had metastasized. Along with her oncologist and other experts, Gordon has written the book that she wished she had as she faced late-stage breast cancer and the prospect of dying from the disease. Filled with information and advice, and designed to enable informed decisions and improved quality of life, this comprehensive guide gathers in one place authoritative medical information about recurrence and late-stage breast cancer, and it addresses the practical, emotional, spiritual, and interpersonal aspects of dying and death.

This indispensable book aids those diagnosed with recurrent or late-stage breast cancer, those wanting to reduce the chance of a recurrence, and those with other types of late-stage cancer. It is also a valuable resource for healthcare professionals, friends, and family members.

Topics covered include

•Types of recurrence, their symptoms, and ways of minimizing the chance of a recurrence

•Diagnostic tests, potential surgeries, and treatments to manage late-stage cancer

•Getting the best care, evaluating complementary therapies, and alleviating pain and depression

•Cessation of treatment and what one may experience as the disease progresses

•End-of-life issues including dealing with financial and legal matters, communicating with loved ones and hospice workers, and planning memorial services

Breast Cancer Recurrence and Advanced Disease includes a glossary of medical terms, appendices on nutrition and integrative health centers, and links to current Web sites addressing matters such as clinical trials, patients’ rights, and medical expenses.

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