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What your doctor may not tell you about colorectal cancer : new tests, new treatments, new hope
Pochapin, Mark Bennett.
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First Warner Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2004]

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xxi, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Pt. 1. The disease no one has to die from -- The truth about colorectal cancer -- Risk factors: who gets colorectal cancer and why? -- Pt. 2. Stop colorectal cancer now: the lifesaving power of screening and prevention. -- Colonoscopy: your most powerful weapon against colorectal cancer -- Other important screening technologies -- Eat smart, live right -- Curb colorectal cancer: supplements and chemoprevention -- Pt. 3. Hope for a better tomorrow: from diagnosis to treatment -- Getting a diagnosis: biopsy, pathology, and staging -- Understanding your diagnosis and choosing dr. right -- When surgery is the answer -- If you need chemotherapy or radiation -- Complementary therapies for colorectal cancer -- Pt. 4. Living well after colorectal cancer -- Life after colorectal cancer -- Healing from within.
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The latest edition in the bestselling What Your Doctor May Not Tell You series explodes the myths and misconceptions about the third most common-and second most deadly-form of cancer in the United States. Over 50,000 men and women die from colorectal cancer each year-a particularly alarming statistic since it is also one of the most preventable and treatable cancers. In fact, it is estimated that over one-third of colorectal cancer deaths could have been avoided. Now, there's hope. This invaluable book contains important information on beating colorectal cancer, including the six biggest lifestyle threats, the three nutritional supplements anyone at risk should take, the optimal timeframe for screenings, the pros and cons of new detection tests, and how to effectively treat cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps with both traditional and alternative methods.

Author Notes

Mark Bennett Pochapin, M.D., is the director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

When NBC's Katie Couric put colon cancer awareness on the map by having a colonoscopy done on the Today show, Pochapin was her family specialist. The gastroenterologist cared for Couric's late husband and is now Medical Director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, which is dedicated to her husband's memory. In this practical, conversational volume, the doctor contends that, when found early, colorectal cancer can be cured 90 percent of the time. He gives a comprehensive overview of the disease, detailing its causes and risk factors as well as the foods and life-style changes that can help prevent it. For those already diagnosed, Pochapin also provides an easy-to-follow guide to surgery and treatment options, clinical trials and recent advances in research. (Handy explanatory charts throughout the book help readers to digest all this information.) Above all, however, Pochapin champions colonoscopy screenings. "Please don't let your apprehension, anxiety or embarrassment rule your common sense," he pleads; colonoscopy screenings are the best weapon against America's second deadliest cancer. Unlike a mammogram or PAP smear, the test can both discover and remove cancer-causing polyps before they become problematic-yet most patients undergo the test too late to take advantage of its extraordinary effectiveness. An estimated 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year alone, and 57,000 of them will die from it. This clear, compassionate book is an invaluable all-in-one resource for those who want to prevent, or are currently confronting, the disease. (Mar. 17) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

It is estimated that some 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and over 57,000 will die. Yet with early diagnosis and treatment, some 90 percent would be cured. Pochapin, medical director of the new Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, rebuts three myths: colorectal cancer is a man's disease (it affects women at the same rate), it occurs most often in older people (all age groups are affected), and it is hereditary (more than 80 percent of patients have no family history). He then discusses prevention (e.g., changes in diet and lifestyle), traditional and new screening techniques (e.g., colonoscopies, virtual colonoscopies, and FOB tests), and treatment. Pochapin explains the roles of pathologist, radiologist, surgeon, oncologist, nurse, and support staff in the treatment and recovery process and clearly describes surgical procedures, adjuvant therapies, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. A list of resource organizations, a glossary, and a list of references round out this excellent guide. Since there are few current books on this topic, this is highly recommended for most consumer health collections. [Named for Katie Couric's late husband, the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health will open this month; March is also National Colorectoral Cancer Month.-Ed.]-Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xvii
Part I The Disease No One Has to Die From
Chapter 1 The Truth About Colorectal Cancerp. 3
Chapter 2 Risk Factors: Who Gets Colorectal Cancer and Why?p. 17
Part II Stop Colorectal Cancer Now: The Lifesaving Power of Screening and Prevention
Chapter 3 The Colonoscopy: Your Most Powerful Weapon Against Colorectal Cancerp. 35
Chapter 4 Other Screening Techniquesp. 54
Chapter 5 Eat Smart, Live Rightp. 68
Chapter 6 Curb Colorectal Cancer: Supplements and Chemopreventionp. 93
Part III Hope for a Better Tomorrow: From Diagnosis to Treatment
Chapter 7 Getting a Diagnosis: Understanding Pathology and Stagingp. 117
Chapter 8 Dealing with Your Diagnosis and Choosing Dr. Rightp. 128
Chapter 9 When Surgery Is the Answerp. 142
Chapter 10 If You Need Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapyp. 163
Chapter 11 Complementary Therapies for Colorectal Cancerp. 182
Part IV Living Well After Colorectal Cancer
Chapter 12 Life After Colorectal Cancerp. 207
Chapter 13 Healing from Withinp. 216
Afterword: Into the Futurep. 227
Resources: Where to Get More Informationp. 231
My Treatment Logp. 249
Glossaryp. 253
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 273