In this essential guide, Dave Visel draws on expertise hard-won during his wife’s battle with lymphoma. He provides an overview of the varieties of cancer and all the basic types of treatments available. Chapters dispel common myths associated with these treatments and provide tips on nutrition and physical fitness. Visel also moves beyond the hospital to provide information and strategies to help with the emotional, practical, and financial effects of a diagnosis. Cancer patients will find the tools they need to make well-informed decisions on questions ranging from the right time to tell coworkers to whether to travel for treatment. Because medical bankruptcies affect nearly two million Americans each year, Visel devotes several chapters to financial issues. He also addresses the effects of cancer on relationships, such as how to deal with a difficult parent or whether to reconcile with an estranged spouse. In addition, Living with Cancer provides a comprehensive overview of the most useful corporate, government, and non-profit resources available. Anyone looking for help in understanding the full range of personal, professional, and legal issues associated with cancer will welcome this book. As inspiring as it is informative, it is a survival guide in the truest sense.
Front matter Contents Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Quick Starts I. Introduction: Setting the Stage II. Orientation: Some Preliminary Introductions and Suggestions III. Team Building: People Don’t Beat Cancer; Teams of People Do IV. Supporting Resources: An Inventory and Evaluation of Available Tools V. The Illness: Help a Patient Can Use, and Things a Patient Should Know, to Make the Best of This VI. Related Issues: Topics You May Need to Know More About VII. Relationships: Critical Elements of Patient-Partner Relationships One More Thing Reference Center Index About the Author