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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
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Choose Hope

Type: 
Web site
Description: 

"Cancer Sucks" t-shirts are among the many cancer related items they carry at choosehope.com. I wore mine while I was in treatment, and still wear it today, in remission. I get the best comments, and it really makes people stop and think. When I was in treatment the other chemo patients always smiled when they saw it, and that was reason enough to wear it often!

Afterwords

Type: 
Book
Description: 

a collection of poems about loss

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

Oncology Nursing Society

Type: 
Organization
Description: 

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) maintains a Web site for patients and caregivers, providing information on six common cancer treatment symptoms: fatigue, anorexia, pain, depression, neutropenia, and cognitive dysfunction.

Conversations

Type: 
Article
Description: 

Free monthly newsletter for survivors of ovarian cancer.

Source: 
CONVERSATIONS: THE INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER FOR THOSE FIGHTING OVARIAN CANCER
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
CONVERSATIONS: The International Ovarian Cancer Connection
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Gilda's Club Seattle

Type: 
Organization
Description: 

The mission of Gilda's Club is to provide places where people with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda's Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, home-like setting. Funding is solicited from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Contact information: 
1400 Broadway Seattle WA 98122 phone: 206-709-1400 fax: 206-709-9719 info@gildasclubseattle.org

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

Persistent Pain after Breast Surgery

Type: 
Article
Description: 

A chronic pain interventional specialist approach to persistent pain after breast surgery.

Source: 
Persistent Pain after Breast Surgery
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Jim Barnett, MD

Post Breast Therapy Pain Syndrome

Type: 
Article
Description: 

To educate both caregivers and breast cancer patients regarding surgery and therapy-induced Post Breast Therapy Pain Syndrome (PBSPS)

Source: 
Post Breast Therapy Pain Syndrome
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Sabrina Selim, BA, Richard Shapiro, MD, Ernest Rosenbaum, MD, Shelley Hwang, MD

SkinCell International Forum for Skin Disorders

Type: 
Support group
Description: 

Take part in an informative and friendly forum for sufferers of skin diseases and disorders, complaints and all forms of skin trauma. Common topics include Acne Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis and Cancer.

Contact information: 
International International webmaster@skincell.org

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