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100 Questions and Answers About Cancer Symptoms and Cancer Treatment Side Effects

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When you're diagnosed with cancer, you may fear the symptoms and treatment side effects as much as the disease itself. A diagnosis of cancer is a challenge, of course, and educating yourself about its symptoms and treatment side-effects is essential to coping with the disease. Whether you're a newly diagnosed cancer patient, a long-term survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help. Written by experienced oncology nurses with commentary from cancer patients, 100 Questions & Answers About Cancer Symptoms and Cancer Treatment Side Effects gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about what to expect from cancer and its treatment, how to maximize your quality of life, where to find sources of support, and much more. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of the effects of cancer. Book jacket.

Forewordp. vii
Cancer and Cancer Treatmentp. 1
What is cancer?
Why does cancer cause symptoms?
What are the treatments for cancer?
Getting Information and Making Decisionsp. 27
How can I be sure to get the information I want from my doctor?
How can I find a clinical trial that might be appropriate for me?
How can I find out about complementary or alternative therapies?
Comfort, Activity, and Sleepp. 45
Will I have pain? What are the options available to treat my pain?
What can I do about the side effects I get from my pain medication?
I feel tired much of the time. What can I do to increase my energy?
I have difficulty sleeping at night. What can I do to sleep better and feel more rested?
Blood Counts and Skin Problemsp. 67
I have heard that chemotherapy may cause my blood counts to drop. What does this mean?
I have heard that radiation therapy causes a skin reaction. Is this true? How should I care for my skin during radiation therapy?
I have heard that chemotherapy may cause me to lose my hair. Can I prevent this? What can I do to feel good about my appearance if I lose my hair?
Problems with Breathing, Nutrition, Digestion, and Urinationp. 85
I feel short of breath. What can I do to ease my breathing?
What can I do to increase my appetite and maintain my weight?
I have heard that radiation therapy or chemotherapy may cause nausea and vomiting. What can I do to manage these symptoms?
What can I do to manage constipation?
What can I do for incontinence?
Appearance and Sexual Issuesp. 119
I have gained weight from my cancer treatment. What can I do to lose weight?
I have developed menopause from my treatment. How can I manage the symptoms?
I am not able to get or maintain an erection since my treatment. How can this be treated?
Neurologic Problems, Fluid Retention, and Blood Chemistryp. 139
What is peripheral neuropathy and how is this managed?
What is cerebral edema? How is this managed?
Why are my legs swollen? What can I do to minimize this?
What is a pleural effusion? How is this treated?
I have heard that some people can get diabetes from their treatment. How is this diagnosed and treated?
Other Health-Related Issuesp. 165
I get a flu shot every year. Should I get one now that I am getting treated for cancer?
Is it safe for me to be around children who have recently received a vaccine?
Should I follow up with my regular doctors while I am getting treated for cancer?
Emotional and Social Concernsp. 175
How can I better cope with having cancer?
I have completed treatment and my doctor tells me there is no evidence of cancer. How do I go on with my life and start feeling "normal" again?
How can I talk with family and friends about my cancer?
Where can I get more information about cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment?
Appendixp. 205
Glossaryp. 209
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780763726126
ISBN-10: 0763726125
Series: 100 Questions & Answers about
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.2