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, as well as, often, 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.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 22 mm
"As a cancer survivor, I found the unparalleled wisdom and empathy offered by Dr. Srivastava to make this book a treasure chest of cutting-edge information to help oncology patients--including those with a serious prognosis--navigate the maze of treatment, its aftermath, and related issues ranging from diet and exercise to mental health and how to talk with one's children. The stories of real people and their families coping with this disease makes The Cancer Companion fascinating and highly accessible to all of us whose lives have been touched by cancer. "--Barbara J. King, author of How Animals Grieve
"A diagnosis of cancer triggers many questions, but answers are hard to find. In A Cancer Companion, a pioneer in cancer care, Srivastava brings a lifetime of experience to providing answers. Her tone is intimate and personal, as if she were in the room. She lights the dark spaces, approves the right to ask questions, and is compassionate while being practical. It is the next best thing to having her as your physician. This book is essential reading for cancer patients, their families, and their doctors. "--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone