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Have you been diagnosed with cancer? If so you will want to know, right away, what to do and where to turn to for help and answers to your questions - about diagnosis, treatment and how the various health services can help you. There is so much to learn that it’s easy to feel daunted.
This informative book, featuring personal stories from people who have experienced cancer, guides you through the process of finding answers to your questions and to taking control of your cancer.
Table of Contents:
- Offers practical and useful advice when you have been diagnosed with cancer
- Features candid personal accounts of other people’s experiences of cancer and its treatment
- Advises on a range of issues such as: support, complementary therapies, getting back to work
- Shows you how to make your voice heard, get a second opinion, or to complain
- Includes principal cancer services in the UK and organisations to contact for further help and support
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Uncertainty and diagnosis
Part 3 Finding your way around the cancer services
Part 4 Communicating with health professionals
Part 5 Sharing the diagnosis
Part 6 Making choices about treatment
Part 7 Coping with cancer
Part 8 What can you do to help yourself? Support and complementary therapies
Part 9 Other problems affecting communication
Part 10 Being heard
Part 11 Seeking information, further reading and resources
“A very useful and immensely supportive book, both for individuals facing cancer and for their loved ones…” Dr Jo Clough, Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton
“…gives people the tools to enable them to ask directly for what they need.” Petra Griffiths, Director, The Cancer Resource Centre
About the Author:
Beverley van der Molen, RGN, MSc, BSc, FETC, Onc. Cert. is Patient Information Services Manager at the Royal Marsden NHS Trust, London. She was previously Macmillan Information Officer at the Cancer Resource Centre, London.