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The Complete Guide to Relieving Cancer Pain and Sufferingby Richard B. Patt
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Cancer pain experts assert that the careful application of contemporary techniques can bring relief to an astounding 90 to 99 percent of cancer patients, yet unnecessary, often agonizing pain continues to be under-treated.
Here, Dr. Richard B. Patt and Susan Lang have collaborated to produce an essential handbook for patients, their caregivers, family and friends. Thoroughly revising their widely-praised 1994 book, You Don't Have to Suffer, the authors illuminate the reasons patients are so often
under-medicated--including the need to tough it out, time-consuming paperwork for doctors who prescribe drugs, and exaggerated concerns about laws that fail to distinguish between the abuse of drugs and their legitimate use. Patt and Lang demonstrate that when patients are properly medicated they
are better able to resume active lives and marshal the courage and strength needed to keep fighting--while those in chronic pain are not only demoralized by suffering, but also jeopardize their potential for recovery. This book helps patients and their families cope with the practical problems of
cancer pain and suffering. It describes the full spectrum of today's--and tomorrow's--pain-relieving arsenal--starting with tips on communicating with doctors through a better understanding of drug therapies, high-tech medical procedures and psychological, cognitive, and "mind-body" techniques that
can help raise patients' spirits. The authors discuss depression and anxiety, as well as physical symptoms like hunger, nausea and weakness.
This volume will enable people with cancer to make informed decisions about all aspects of their care and will be of enormous value to the growing number of patients, family members, and health-care professionals determined to relieve the needless suffering of cancer.
Most cancer patients fear unremitting pain more than the prospect of an untimely death, and are surprised to learn that most of the pain and related symptoms of cancer can be successfully addressed by an informed patient working with a determined health care team.
Thoroughly updating their widely praised 1994 book, You Don't Have to Suffer, Dr. Richard B. Patt and Susan Lang offer a much-needed handbook for patients and caregivers on all aspects of cancer pain and suffering. The authors identify the reasons why patients are so often under-medicated--from patients who feel the need to tough it out to doctors buried in time-consuming paperwork--and argue that properly medicated patients are better able to resume active lives and marshal strength to fight their disease. Those in chronic pain not only suffer, but also jeopardize their recovery. They demonstrate methods that can be used to cope with pain, nausea, constipation, fatigue, and other symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and describe all of the pain-relieving options available in the modern medical arsenal. This includes drugs and high-tech medical procedures, as well as psychological, cognitive, and mind/body techniques. The authors also discuss depression and other psychological components that can contribute to suffering, as well as end-of-life issues. The book includes detailed charts of all the pain medications presently available and lists many available resources, from pain specialists to hospice and home care.
This book will empower cancer patients and their families to make informed decisions about their care and will be of enormous value to the growing number of patients, family members, and health-care professionals determined to relieve needless suffering.
Thoroughly updating their widely praised 1994 book, "You Don't Have to Suffer," Dr. Richard B. Patt and Susan Lang offer a much-needed handbook for patients and caregivers on all aspects of cancer pain and suffering.
About the Author
Richard B. Patt, M.D. is the President and Chief Medical Officer of the Patt Center for Cancer Pain and Wellness (www.cancerpain.org) in Houston.
Susan S. Lang is a Senior Science Writer at Cornell University and the author or co-author of eleven books, including Headache Help and Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Depression.
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