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Cancer, Shmancer

Type: 
Book
Description: 

If justice delayed is justice denied, the same can probably be said for health care. Early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment of most diseases. In TV star Fran Drescher's case, an accurate diagnosis came just in time. Cancer Schmancer is Drescher's fascinating, first-person account of her two-year battle with uterine cancer.

If you are expecting a woe-is-me recitation of a celebrity's encounters with an uncaring and evil healthcare system, this is not the book for you. It is, instead, a medical case history told in a frank and wonderfully humorous style. And it is a call to arms to any woman or man who anticipates seeking medical care in the future.

Drescher describes her visits to a series of healthcare professionals in an attempt to deal with recurring gynecological symptoms. Good and competent doctors failed to screen her for uterine cancer because Drescher fell outside the statistical parameters for the disease ? she was too young and too slender to be at risk. Uterine cancer was finally identified after a relatively simple test.

Her encounter with cancer is placed in rich context, interwoven with stories about her close-knit family, her dissolving marriage, career challenges, a new romance, her beloved dog, and the comforts and importance of close friendships. This is important material. It's a reminder that context is important when dealing with disease. Anyone who has ever experienced the modern healthcare system knows that as patients, we are rarely viewed in context. Yet our life stories, our fears, our hunches and our observations are as important to effective diagnosis and care as the medications and surgical intervention we receive. Unless we learn all that we can about our bodies and advocate for ourselves, we may miss out on the genuine benefits that modern health technology has to offer.

In that sense, Cancer Schmancer is as much a book for health care providers as it is for patients and their families. It serves up a gentle but clear warning to medical professionals: pay attention to what your patients say; pay attention to what your patients know.

As writer of non-fiction, Drescher is no Joan Didion. But she is the ideal messenger for this sometimes-discomfiting subject. Over the past decade, she has managed to craft an accessible and self-deprecating image that belies her beauty and comic talent. With this book she has succeeded in producing an entertaining read from a traumatic and life-changing experience. Most important, Drescher has done some important homework for all of us. As future patients, we should all pay attention to what she has to say.

Source: 
Warner Books
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Fran Dreschler
Publish date: 
May 2002

Afterwords

Type: 
Book
Description: 

a collection of poems about loss

Source: 
Blue Unicorn Press
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Ellen Steinbaum
Publish date: 
2001

Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer Is Diagnosed, Treated, and Managed Day to Day

Type: 
Book
Description: 

The latest (4th) edition of this comprehensive guide by Malin Dollinger has been released. The book aims to help survivors and their families deal realistically with cancer. This edition includes updates on cryotherapy, radio frequency treatment, genetic risk assessment and managed care. For information on ordering, go to: http://www.amuniversal.com/amp/cust_serv.html.

Source: 
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Malin Dollinger
Publish date: 
December 2002

Childhood Cancer Survivors: A practical guide to you future

Type: 
Book
Description: 

Book describing all possible side effects of childhood cancer and the different forms of treatment involved.

Source: 
O'Reilly
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Keene, Hobbie and Ruccione
Publish date: 
2000

The Healing Companion

Type: 
Book
Description: 

A guide that instructs caregivers (including professionals)in an effective "bedside manner." The book shows how to use your presence to help someone with cancer feel immediately and dramatically better.

Source: 
HarperSanFrancisco
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Jeff Kane MD
Publish date: 
2002
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About My Hair : A Journey to Recovery

Type: 
Book
Description: 

The book describes, with emphasis on using positive thinking, a uterine cancer survivor's experiences with hair loss from chemo.

Source: 
Capelli & Angeli Press
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Marcia Reid Marsted
Publish date: 
2.2.02
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Moms Don't Get Sick

Type: 
Book
Description: 

A great book written by a mother and her son on her battle with Breast Cancer. Highly recommended if you have small children. Great Book!!

Source: 
Melius Publishing Corporation
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Pat Brawck with Ben Brack
Publish date: 
1990

Chicken Soup fo the Surviving Soul

Type: 
Book
Description: 

'101 healing stories about those who have survived cancer'

Source: 
Health Communications Inc.
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Jack Canfield and others
Publish date: 
1996

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