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Adult leukemia : a comprehensive guide for patients and families
Lackritz, Barb (Barbara B.), 1938-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Beijing ; Cambridge [Mass.] : O'Reilly, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxii, 512 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Format :


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RC643 .L33 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
RC643 .L33 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Tens of thousands of Americans are living with adult leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. Adult leukemia, which is really a group of diseases, can be a baffling condition for patients and families to understand, and finding targeted information on individual conditions can be difficult.In straightforward, non-technical language, Adult Leukemia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families gives those living with leukemia the skills and resources to meet their needs for information and support. It addresses:

Diagnosis and medical tests Finding, and successfully interacting with, a good oncologist Characteristics of the leukemias, factors in prognosis, and the various subtypes and staging systems for the disease Treatments, including watch-and-wait, chemotherapy, marrow transplantation, stem cell rescue, radiation, biological treatments, and trends in research Side effects and long-term effects of treatment, including how to cope and increase your quality of life Emotional responses to diagnosis, treatment, remission, possible recurrence, and other aspects of dealing with the condition, including stories from dozens of families living with leukemia Getting support from your family, friends, employers, and the broader community Leukemia resources: a comprehensive list that includes organizations, print, and online sites Author Barb "Grannybarb" Lackritz is a leading patient activist in the leukemia community and herself a long-term leukemia survivor. She hosts several online mailing lists, maintains a well-known leukemia web site, and speaks frequently to doctors and government organizations. Lackritz emphasizes the promising emerging treatments for leukemia, covering in considerable depth the clinical trials of new therapies grounded in Western medicine. The information on researching leukemia, glossary, and appendixes will provide welcome support for those who want to keep up with the latest research.

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Library Journal Review

Part of the "Patient-Centered Guides" series, this book combines extensive medical information, practical information, and emotional support for patients and caregivers. Like most disease-specific books, it begins with an extensive overview of the affliction and its signs, symptoms, and diagnosis. Subsequent chapters include tests and procedures; subtypes, stagings, and prognoses; risks and causes; treatment options; communication with medical personnel; treatment side effects; and getting support. Chapters on insurance and finances and life after treatment are especially useful, as are sections on normal blood values and the glossary. Author Lackritz was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in her early 50s. The book reflects the wisdom of someone who has "been there," and her memoirs (and those of leukemia survivors and families) are woven throughout. While the book provides a good overview of different types of leukemias, its primary audience is those who are directly affected by the disease. Recommended for large consumer health collections.DValeria 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.