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The shock of finding out that you – or a relative or friend – has cancer can make you feel that life has descended into chaos.
Written by a cancer specialist and a psychotherapist, this book aims to help you make sense of your diagnosis, and to help you move away from chaos towards a situation where you feel you have control back in your life.
This inspiring book explores the use of information, emotional support and the provision of options to help trigger changes in people’s lives. It shows you how through shared experience change and movement can emerge from chaos.
Table of Contents: Part 1 The weekend seminar
- Gives you the information you need to feel in control of your cancer
- Allows you to read about and benefit from weekend seminars run by the authors
- Discusses the concept of crisis and intervention, with the aims of helping people with cancer overcome their feelings of frustration
- Has a detailed section describing how Vicky Clement-Jones (the founder of Cancerbackup) challenged her disease, and how she tried to encourage people with cancer to discover their freedom and to use it in their own way
Meeting each other
Crisis in time
Facing life, facing death
Family relationships: discussion with supporters
Family relationships: discussion with patients
Talking with childrenPart 2 Looking at cancer
What can you do to help yourself?
Cancer: knowing the enemyPart 3 From victims to heroes by force of circumstance
Crisis and control
Support: the double message
Taking control [includes 3 case studies]Part 4 “Cancer freed me” – the story of Vicky Clement-Jones and the creation of CancerBACKUP
An exceptional patient
Order after chaos: the start of BACUP (now part of Macmillan Cancer Support)
On her own life
“I cannot commend this book too highly, on both the physical and emotional levels” Claire Rayner
“Unbelievably optimistic and a haunting inspiration” Woman Magazine
About the Authors:
Dr Maurice Slevin MD, FRCP is a Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, specialising in the treatment of breast, gastrointestinal and gynaecological cancers. He has been interested in the emotional and psychological aspects of cancer for many years and is Chairman of the national cancer information and support charity, Cancerbackup.
Dr Nira Kfir PhD is a psychotherapist. She is the Director of the Maagalim Psychotherapy and Counseling Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She was responsible for developing a crisis intervention program in Israel for group work with bereaved families. She now works extensively with cancer patients, both individually and in groups.