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Living with Cancer

, 368 pages

11 line drawings

April 2017



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Living with Cancer

A Step-by-Step Guide for Coping Medically and Emotionally with a Serious Diagnosis


The prospect of entering treatment is overwhelming for anyone facing a diagnosis of cancer. While patients have access to a vast amount of medical information online, this advice is often unreliable or confusing. In Living with Cancer, Drs. Vicki A. Jackson and David P. Ryan have crafted the first step-by-step guide aimed at helping people with this life-defining disease grasp what’s happening to them while coping physically and emotionally with cancer treatment.

An empathetic resource full of relatable patient stories, this book teaches patients and caregivers how to ask the right questions to get the best possible care—beginning at the moment of diagnosis. Drs. Jackson and Ryan explain how to work with a team of doctors and nurse practitioners to minimize symptoms and side effects while living as fully as possible in the face of cancer. They relay important information about understanding prognosis, and they translate what doctors mean when they describe tests, treatments, and medical procedures. Finally, they discuss hospice care and answer questions about continuing treatment and managing the final phase of life.

Based on new research and a groundbreaking program in which patients are treated with palliative care—along with the best cancer care—during the course of their illness, this honest and caring book provides the right advice to use at the right time throughout a journey with cancer. It allows a person with cancer to concentrate on living the best life possible, despite an uncertain future. Patients at every stage will find Living with Cancer a comprehensive, thoughtful, and accessible guide for navigating the illness and its treatment.

Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH, is the chief of palliative care at Massachusetts General Hospital. David P. Ryan, MD, is the chief of hematology/oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Michelle D. Seaton is the coauthor of The Way of Boys: Raising Healthy Boys in a Challenging and Complex World and The Cardiac Recovery Handbook: The Complete Guide to Life after Heart Attack or Heart Surgery.

"An unusually comforting and genuinely useful resource."

"For anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, or for those who have friends of family facing this illness, this guide will be an extremely invaluable resource. Patients at any stage of the disease will find rich, useful information that can help them cope more effectively with their illness."

"Ryan and Jackson offer patients and their families useful step-by-step advice. It comes at a time of unusual excitement in the field, thanks to new treatments that hold the promise of making long, full lives with cancer far more common."

"Living with Cancer is comprehensive, straightforward, and just plain wise. From the practical details of diagnosis and treatment to the deep meaning of hope, it offers answers to the questions that people facing cancer have and guidance for how to live--truly live--with this disease. If you have cancer, or love someone who does, read this."

"This essential guide serves as a medical GPS, helping cancer patients understand what just happened, where they are now, and their options about where they are going."

"From the practical details of diagnosis and treatment to the deep meaning of hope, this book is filled with all the questions most people facing cancer have and the answers needed to live as well as possible. Everyone facing cancer and everyone who loves them should read this book."

"Readable right from the start, this great book's joint approach of palliative care and oncology fits with the American Society of Clinical Oncology's new guidelines: within the first 8 weeks, every seriously ill cancer patient should be seen by an interdisciplinary palliative care team along with their oncologist."

"A spectacular guide for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis."

"A unique and greatly needed book. Written by experts in the fields who are used to working together as a team, Living with Cancer covers the breadth and depth of cancer care for patients and families. Authoritative yet easy to understand, it combines best evidence with patient examples in a cohesive way that feels like a conversation with a very skilled, experienced, and compassionate doctor."

"An excellent book which describes the optimal integration of general oncology and palliative care for anyone living with cancer across the cancer continuum."

"I recommend this fantastic step-by-step guidebook to anyone dealing with cancer as a patient, or as a family member or friend. It is also a basic book for carers and support workers and a fantastic resource for nurses and doctors to refresh their knowledge."

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