Adult Leukemia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families
By Barb Lackritz
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Patient Centered Guides
Released: April 2001
Pages: 536

Tens of thousands of Americans are living with adult leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. Adult leukemia, which is really a group of diseases, can be a baffling condition for patients and families to understand, and finding targeted information on individual conditions can be difficult.

In straightforward, non-technical language, Adult Leukemia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families gives those living with leukemia the skills and resources to meet their needs for information and support. It addresses:

  • Diagnosis and medical tests
  • Finding, and successfully interacting with, a good oncologist
  • Characteristics of the leukemias, factors in prognosis, and the various subtypes and staging systems for the disease
  • Treatments, including watch-and-wait, chemotherapy, marrow transplantation, stem cell rescue, radiation, biological treatments, and trends in research
  • Side effects and long-term effects of treatment, including how to cope and increase your quality of life
  • Emotional responses to diagnosis, treatment, remission, possible recurrence, and other aspects of dealing with the condition, including stories from dozens of families living with leukemia
  • Getting support from your family, friends, employers, and the broader community
  • Leukemia resources: a comprehensive list that includes organizations, print, and online sites

Author Barb "Grannybarb" Lackritz is a leading patient activist in the leukemia community and herself a long-term leukemia survivor. She hosts several online mailing lists, maintains a well-known leukemia web site, and speaks frequently to doctors and government organizations. Lackritz emphasizes the promising emerging treatments for leukemia, covering in considerable depth the clinical trials of new therapies grounded in Western medicine. The information on researching leukemia, glossary, and appendixes will provide welcome support for those who want to keep up with the latest research.

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"Welcome to the club that no one wants to join." That's one of the greetings we received from an online support group when we began grappling with my husband's diagnosis of leukemia. Barb Lackritz was one of the founders of that support group and was herself a cancer patient. Her book is incredibly tender and sensitive to the issues while being very informative. It gives the answers for all those questions about blood test results and treatment options that you think of after the doctor appointment. I feel this is a MUST-OWN book for anyone with adult-onset leukemia. God bless you, Granny Barb.

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I can't recall who said that "knowledge that can't be shared is useless" but it is the first thing that came to mind when I finished reading the book.

Barbara Lackritz (AKA GrannyBarb to those who have the honour to know and love her) has done a remarkable job of sharing her knowledge and personal experiences with those who seek more knowledge on adult leukemia.

I strongly recommend this book, not only for patients and their families but perhaps even more so for fellow physicians. Reading the "case reports" as submitted by the patients themselves will be a wise investment of time for any physician. To know how our patients feel and how they struggle to cope with their disease is the starting point for any treatment.

I wish to express my sincerest gratitude and respect to GrannyBarb for this book.

Costas Giannakenas MD, PhD

Nuclear Physician

Dept. of Nuclear Medicine

Reg. Univ. Hospital of Patras - Greece

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