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Living with a Brain Tumor : Dr. Peter Black's Guide to Taking Control of Your Treatment - Peter McLaren Black

Living with a Brain Tumor

Dr. Peter Black's Guide to Taking Control of Your Treatment

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9780805079685
Number Of Pages: 322

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Each year, 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. With his new book, Dr. Peter Black fills a gap in the lay readership, providing an accessible medical resource for adult patients and their families. Dr. Black, who has operated on more than 3,000 patients with brain tumors, is uniquely qualified to discuss both clinical treatment of and research into brain tumors.
This invaluable resource tells patients everything they need to know to understand and address their diagnosis, in a four-part structure:
- "What is a Brain Tumor?" provides straightforward information about how brain tumors are diagnosed, the different types of tumors and how they develop, and where to go for treatment.
- "Coping with Shock" addresses the emotional impact of the diagnosis on the patient and their family, offering specific advice on support groups and how to managing work and finances during your treatment.
- "Treatment options" outlines the complex array of available treatments in a sequential, logical, and thorough manner, enabling readers to make informed decisions.
- "Recovery" describes how to deal with the aftermath, addressing issues ranging from physical scars to speech and occupational therapy.
Dr. Black believes that more than half of brain tumor cases can be resolved with relatively minor side effects or none at all. Equipped with this informative book, patients and their family and friends can learn how to fight brain tumors effectively, putting them on the path to wellness.

Prefacep. xi
An Introduction to Brain Tumors
What Is a Brain Tumor?p. 5
How Brain Tumors Are Diagnosedp. 16
Types of Brain Tumors
Meningiomas, Pituitary Adenomas, and Vestibular Schwannomasp. 40
Gliomasp. 54
Other Primary Brain Tumorsp. 65
Metastatic Brain Tumorsp. 76
Living with a Brain Tumor
How to Think about Treatmentp. 85
What a Brain Tumor Means for Me and My Familyp. 98
Raising a Child Who Has a Brain Tumorp. 112
Treatment Options
Watching and Waitingp. 125
Surgeryp. 132
Radiation Therapyp. 154
Chemotherapyp. 175
Newer Therapiesp. 188
Drugs for Swelling, Seizures, and Other Problemsp. 204
Choosing Supportive Carep. 214
Treatment of Brain Tumors in Childrenp. 228
Working Toward Wellnessp. 245
Reasons for Hopep. 260
Appendixp. 267
References and Further Readingp. 275
Resourcesp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 311
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780805079685
ISBN-10: 0805079688
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 5th September 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1