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My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice from Real-Life Teensby Maya Silver
Synopses & Reviews
Cancer. It’s the diagnosis no one wants to hear. Unfortunately though, these days most of us have known or will know someone who receives it. But what’s next? With the diagnosis comes not only fear and uncertainty, but numerous questions, and a lot of unsolicited advice. With A Cancer Companion, esteemed oncologist Ranjana Srivastava is here to help, bringing both experience and honesty to guide cancer patients and their families through this labyrinth of questions and treatments.
With candor and compassion, Srivastava provides an approachable and authoritative reference. She begins with the big questions, like what cancer actually is, and she moves on to offer very practical advice on how to find an oncologist, what to expect during and after treatments, and how to manage pain, diet, and exercise. She discusses in detail the different therapies for cancers and why some cancers are inoperable, and she skillfully addresses the emotional toll of the disease. She speaks clearly and directly to cancer patients, caretakers, and their loved ones, offering straightforward information and insight, something that many oncologists can’t always convey in the office.
Equipping readers with the knowledge to make informed decisions at every step of the way, A Cancer Companion is an indispensable guide by a physician who cares to educate patients as much as she does to treat them.
Each year, more than 1 and a half million Americans alone will hear the words “you have cancer.” These three small words inevitably signal dramatic changes for the rest of life, setting in motion a chain of events that are often unnecessarily plagued by confusion. For every one of these patients, and their families, Ranjana Srivastava offers an empathic and expert field guide to this uncharted terrain.
With wisdom and warmth, Srivastava demystifies the labyrinthine world of the illness. What is cancer and how is it treated? Why isn’t cancer always operable? How should diagnoses be shared with children? What is the best diet during and after treatment? How can pain be managed? These basic questions are often overrun by the complexity of the oncological world, and the limits of office visits and doctor schedules. This book then becomes an ideal companion, and portable patient advocate, that makes the experience of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery comprehensible.
About the Author
Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist and educator in the Melbourne, Australia, public healthcare system. She presents a regular health segment on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television and radio. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian, New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, and the Lancet, among other publications. She is also the author of Tell Me the Truth and Dying for a Chat.
Table of Contents
1. What is Cancer?
2. Where Do I Even Begin?
3. How is Cancer treated?
4. Finding an Oncologist
5. What to Expect When Having Chemotherapy
6. Deciding Whether to have Treatment and Understanding Side Effects
7. How Do I Know if My Chemo is Working?
8. I Could Do with a Break from Chemotherapy
9. When to Stop Treatment
10. I’m Off Chemotherapy—What Now?
11. Do I Need Radiotherapy?
12. Why Can’t I Have an Operation to Remove the Cancer?
13. Is a Clinical Trial for Me?
14. What Happens Once I Finish Treatment?
15. I’m Getting Worse—What is the Best Course?
16. Managing Pain
17. How Cancer Affects Appetite, Diet, and Weight
18. Why Natural Therapies Aren’t the Answer
19. How Much Exercise Should I Be Doing?
20. I’m Always Tired
21. Lost Sexuality
22. Tackling Anxiety and Depression
23. Does My Oncologist Have Feelings?
24. Is My Family at Risk and What Can I Do?
25. Handling Unexpected Outcomes
26. How Long Do I Have?
27. What is Palliative Care?
28. How Do I tell the Kids?
29. Keeping Hope Alive
30. Advance Care Planning
31. Will My Death Be Painful?
32. The Impact of Being a Carer
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