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Chemotherapy and Radiation For Dummies

Alan P. Lyss, Humberto Fagundes, Patricia Corrigan

ISBN: 978-1-118-06999-8 May 2011 384 Pages


An informative, compassionate guide for cancer patients and their loved ones

Each year, more than 1 million people get treated for cancer, and most of these will undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both. This reassuring, optimistic guide helps people get a handle on treatment options and explains in plain English how chemotherapy and radiation therapy really work. It offers detailed advice on how to alleviate and cope with side effects-which range from hair loss to nausea to anemia-and describes how good nutrition, meditation, support groups, and other techniques and resources can help in the recovery process.


Part I: Your Journey Through Cancer Treatments: Preparing for the Trip.

Chapter 1: Recognizing the Realities of Chemotherapy and Radiation.

Chapter 2: The Mutants Take Over: A Primer on Cancer.

Chapter 3: You Will Be Tested: What All Those Tests Show.

Part II: Your Choices along the Way: Making Good Ones.

Chapter 4: Defining Chemotherapy: The Anticancer Drugs.

Chapter 5: Defining Radiation: A Burning Issue.

Chapter 6: Setting New Standards: The Role of Clinical Trials.

Chapter 7: Getting a Second Chance: Bone Marrow Transplants.

Part III: Chemotherapy: What to Expect and How to Deal with Side Effects.

Chapter 8: What to Expect During Chemotherapy: A Head-to-Toe Mouthwash.

Chapter 9: Gimme a Boost: Immune and Bone Marrow Stimulants.

Chapter 10: Coping with Serious Side Effects of Chemotherapy.

Chapter 11: Coping with Less Serious Side Effects of Chemotherapy.

Part IV: Radiation: What to Expect and How to Deal with Side Effects.

Chapter 12: What to Expect During Radiation: Tattoos and Moisturizer.

Chapter 13: Coping with Side Effects of Radiation Therapy.

Part V: Your Success Strategies: Assembling Your Support Team.

Chapter 14: Your Health Professionals: Your Friends and Guides.

Chapter 15: Good Nutrition: Eating Right No Matter How You Feel.

Chapter 16: Meeting Spiritual Needs: Turning to Prayer and Meditation.

Chapter 17: Finding a Support Group: Realizing You Are Not Alone.

Part VI: Your Future after Cancer Treatments: Looking Ahead.

Chapter 18: Finishing Therapy: An End and a Beginning.

Chapter 19: Dealing with Recurrence: Here We Go Again.

Chapter 20: Defining Yourself after Cancer: The New Normal.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Myths about Cancer.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways for Family and Friends to Help You.

Chapter 23: Ten Things Beyond Your Control.

Chapter 24: Ten Ways Life Will Be Better after Cancer.

Chapter 25: Ten Sources for More Information.



"...spiced with humour ... succeeds in demystofying cancer therapy ... a compassionate and practical book ... a welcome addition to cancer patient literature..." (Cancer World, April 2006)