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Living well with cancer : a nurse tells you everything you need to know about managing the side effects of your treatment
Moore, Katen, 1959-
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New York : Putnam's, [2001]

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xxii, 297 pages ; 24 cm
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An oncology nurse provides solutions for coping with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.Practical, compassionate, supportive, Living Well with Cancer provides cancer patients and their caregivers with the information they need to cope with and manage the side effects of cancer and its treatments.Katen Moore has seen firsthand what can make cancer patients feel better as they undergo treatment. This empowering book presents options for the cancer patient--it doesn't promote one protocol over another. Alphabetical listings of the symptoms enable readers to find what they want quickly and easily--and, while it is based on the most up-to-date research, the tone is comforting and reader-friendly.Living Well with Cancer addresses the physical and emotional reactions that people with cancer face and provides solutions for coping with these issues, including alternative approaches such as aromatherapy, herbal remedies, massage, nutrition, and yoga. The authors explain clearly and comprehensively not only how to use these alternative methods, but how to use them safely and effectively, including how to know when to seek medical help.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Longtime friends Moore, an oncology nurse practitioner, and Schmais, a writer, talked with hundreds of patients and health-care providers in venues from Gilda's Club to Sloane Kettering Memorial Hospital. They advocate approaching cancer as if it were a chronic illness such as diabetes. Instead of accepting a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence, they say, people should empower themselves to take charge of their health. After the initial diagnosis, the authors encourage people to write a list of questions for their physician, employing a tape recorder and a companion to clarify the discussion points. The authors then discuss the most common early stages diagnosis, treatment options, clinical trials and treatment. The crux of the book is a detailed examination of common side effects such as hair loss and nausea, and less-known ones including heartburn, fever and hot flashes, followed by a discussion of medical and natural treatments. Finally, Moore and Schmais explain practical information such as hospice care, living wills and medical directives. While cancer patients obviously need to rely on a full complement of specialists, this volume is an excellent resource for both patients and their relatives or friends. This seminal medical reference is the equivalent of the What to Expect series, providing patients with answers to the many questions they may not be able to ask their doctors. Readers will learn that theirs is a shared experience, and that it's possible to limit the discomfort and pain that almost all cancer patients endure. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Over two million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. In the wake of this life-altering diagnosis, patients must process avalanches of information and decide on treatments, all the while dealing with intense emotions and physical changes. Oncology nurse Moore was well aware of these challenges but found that there was no single resource that she could recommend as a guide for newly diagnosed cancer patients. As a result, she and childhood friend Schmais (The Perfect Elizabeth) joined forces to produce this manual of sorts for cancer patients. Readers will find information on all of the major aspects of dealing with cancer, from symptom management and remedies to realistic advice on day-to-day living, incorporating conventional and complementary medicine. Though little of what the authors present here is new information, recently diagnosed patients will find the single-volume format friendly and accessible. Recommended for all but the smallest consumer health collections. Valeria Long, Grand Valley State Univ. Lib. at the Van Andel Inst., Grand Rapids, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.