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Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis

Book Description

Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis is packed with incredible information and resources to get you or someone you love through the challenging journey of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. This book accurately and compassionately addresses the physical, emotional, social and practical needs of cancer patients and their support systems.

Find out how to:

Put an effective support and resource team in place to buffer against the challenges of diagnosis and treatment

Build a community to deal with the daunting decisions treatment requires

Develop practical, more effective ways to manage side effects

Deal with complex emotional issues ranging from the shock of initial diagnosis to creating a living legacy and a meaning-filled life

Through powerful, first-person testimony, as well as a plethora of the best tips, evidence-based research, treatment and support information currently available, Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis will help cancer patients develop the strength and empowerment they need to stay focused on healingand to develop the mindset of a survivor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. About the Book
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword by Mehmet C. Oz, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, NY Presbyterian/Columbia
  8. Introduction: The Cancer Support Community: A Bold New Vision in Cancer Care
  9. Part One: Becoming Empowered
    1. Chapter 1: Understanding Cancer
    2. Chapter 2: Regaining Your Balance After Diagnosis
    3. Chapter 3: The Empowered Patient: The Cancer Support Community Approach
  10. Part Two: Knowing Your Options
    1. Chapter 4: Getting a Second Opinion—and Maybe a Third
    2. Chapter 5: Evaluating Traditional Treatment Options
    3. Chapter 6: New Frontiers in Treatment
    4. Chapter 7: Clinical Trials
    5. Chapter 8: Considering Another Approach: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    6. Chapter 9: Managing Symptoms and Side Effects
    7. Chapter 10: Managing Practical Matters
  11. Part Three: Making the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
    1. Chapter 11: Coping with Cancer
    2. Chapter 12: It’s Not Just You: It Takes a Community
    3. Chapter 13: Spirituality and Looking Inward
  12. Part Four: Moving from Patient to Survivor
    1. Chapter 14: Help Yourself, Help Others: Emotional Support, Information, and Action
    2. Chapter 15: Wellness Inside and Out: Nutrition and Exercise
    3. Chapter 16: Facing the Road Ahead Together: Survivorship
  13. Afterword by Ann Benjamin and Joanna Bull
  14. Acknowledgments
  15. Appendix: Bibliography
  16. Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Pyschosocial Health Needs 2007 IOM Report Recommendations
  17. Cancer Support Community Affiliates and Advisors
  18. Cancer Support Community National Board of Directors
  19. Cancer Support Community Professional Advisory Board
  20. Support, Information, and Financial Resources
  21. Glossary
  22. Personal Information Sheets
  23. Index
  24. About the Authors