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Surviving leukemia : a practical guide
Patenaude, Robert, 1957-
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Survivre à la leucémie. English
Publication Information:
Buffalo, N.Y.: Firefly Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
248 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
A Firefly book.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 248.)

Translation of: Survivre à la leucémie.
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In 1982, Dr. Robert Patenaude was diagnosed with leukemia. This book is the moving, first-hand account of his experience. From the first shock of hearing the diagnosis and the anguish of his hospitalization, to chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, the author gives a painfully frank description of his experiences and shows the incredible survival instinct that helped him beat the disease.

Patenaude offers the reader a complete and scientific understanding of leukemia. Each chapter is written in layman's terms and thoroughly covers the scope of its topic. Patenaude leads the reader through the different classifications of leukemia, how they progress and how they are treated. Scientific explanation is complemented by Patenaude's ability to explain the how and why of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

Chapter 1 tells Dr. Patenaude's own experiences with his leukemia. Chapter 2 discusses matters relating to the circulatory system, such as: the cell; blood; plasma; types of blood cells; bone marrow; blood clot formation; and hemopoietic, cardiorespiratory, central nervous, digestive and urinary systems. Chapter 3 describes different diagnostic tests: blood test; bone marrow puncture and the bone biopsy; rachicentesis; X-ray examinations; nuclear medicine; and surgery and diagnosis. Chapter 4 examines malignant blood diseases such as cancer and the different types of leukemia and congenital diseases of the blood system. Chapter 5 looks at the treatment of blood diseases: chemotherapy; radiotherapy; surgery; bone marrow transplant; and immunotherapy and gene therapy. Chapter 6 offers practical advice for patients coping with effects such as mouth-related problems; loss of appetite and nausea, gastrointestinal problems, weight gain, and fatigue and anxiety.

Both expert physician and patient, he answers all the questions frequently asked by leukemia sufferers about symptoms, phases, treatments and research. Surviving Leukemia is illustrated with tables and includes a glossary of 300 medical terms.

Surviving Leukemia is a unique, exceptional book designed specifically for people with blood diseases, their families and care givers.

From the Preface by Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, 1990 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine

In the current high-technology context of medicine, it is not surprising that patients and their families have difficulty understanding what is going on around them. Most books on blood diseases are very technical, since they are intended for nurses and doctors. Therefore, I am very happy that this book has been published. It is very easy to read and will help all patients and their families.

Author Notes

Dr. Robert Patenaude is an emergency physician in Quebec.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 "Doctor, You Have Leukemia"p. 15
Chapter 2 The Circulatory Systemp. 56
The Cellp. 56
Bloodp. 57
Plasmap. 58
Types of Blood Cellsp. 59
Red Blood Cellsp. 59
White Blood Cellsp. 60
Plateletsp. 60
Bone Marrowp. 62
Blood Clot Formationp. 63
The Causes of Increased Bleedingp. 64
Symptoms Suggesting Coagulation Problemsp. 66
Blood and the Body's Main Systemsp. 66
The Hemopoietic Systemp. 67
Lymph Node Systemp. 67
Lymphatic Ductsp. 68
Spleenp. 68
The Cardiorespiratory Systemp. 68
The Central Nervous Systemp. 70
The Digestive Systemp. 71
The Digestive Tractp. 71
The Pancreasp. 73
The Liverp. 74
The Urinary Systemp. 74
The Kidneysp. 74
The Bladderp. 75
Chapter 3 Diagnostic Testsp. 77
The Blood Testp. 77
Bone Marrow Puncture and the Bone Biopsyp. 80
Lumbar Puncturep. 81
X-ray Examinationsp. 82
Nuclear Medicinep. 83
Surgery and Diagnosisp. 83
Chapter 4 Malignant Blood Diseasesp. 85
Cancerp. 85
What Is Cancer?p. 85
Metastasesp. 86
Causes of Cancerp. 86
The Factors Linked to Cancerp. 89
Nutrition and Cancerp. 92
Smokingp. 94
Infectionsp. 96
Ionizing Radiationp. 97
Ultraviolet Raysp. 99
Genetic Predispositionp. 99
The Role of Our Natural Defense Systemp. 99
Psychological and Psychosomatic Factorsp. 101
Leukemiasp. 102
Leukemia Classificationp. 102
Chronic Leukemiasp. 104
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)p. 104
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)p. 105
Hairy Cell Leukemiap. 109
Acute Leukemiasp. 111
Classification of Acute Leukemiasp. 111
Factors Linked to Acute Leukemiasp. 112
Diagnosisp. 114
Treatment of Acute Leukemias in Adultsp. 115
Leukemias in Childrenp. 117
Family-related and Genetic Factorsp. 119
Environmental Factorsp. 120
Related Diseases Increasing the Risk of Leukemiap. 120
The Causes of Leukemia in Childrenp. 121
Symptoms of Leukemia in Childrenp. 121
Diagnosisp. 122
Treatment and Prognosisp. 124
The Specifics of Treating Childrenp. 125
Other Types of Malignant Blood Diseasesp. 128
Aplastic Anemiap. 128
The Myelodysplasic Syndrome or Myelodysplasiap. 132
Thrombocythemiap. 133
Polycythemia or Vaquez's Diseasep. 134
Myelofibrosisp. 135
Malignant Diseases of the Immune Systemp. 137
Lymphomasp. 137
Myelomasp. 144
Congential Diseases of the Blood Systemp. 149
Congential Diseases of the Blood Cellsp. 150
Diseases of Accumulation of Lipids and Saccharidesp. 153
Congential Diseases of the Immune Systemp. 155
Congenital Bone Diseasesp. 156
Congenital Diseases Affecting Coagulationp. 157
Chapter 5 The Treatment of Blood Diseasesp. 160
Medical Strategies Leading to Recoveryp. 161
Chemotherapyp. 164
Radiotherapyp. 170
Surgeryp. 172
Bone Marrow Transplantp. 173
Immunotherapyp. 201
Gene Therapyp. 206
Chapter 6 Practical Advice for Patientsp. 208
Glossary of Medical Terms Used in Oncologyp. 217
Suggested Readingp. 248