The fourth most common cancer, colon and rectal cancer is diagnosed in 130,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. As with many other cancers, the treatment environment is evolving. As a patient (or the family researcher) you need up-to-date and in-depth information to participate wisely in treatment decisions.
Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients & Families includes:
Characteristics of colon cancer, staging, suspected causes, and factors in prognoses
Current treatment options
Clinical trials and promising future treatments
Coping with medical tests, symptoms, and treatments
Recognizing and minimizing the impact of treatment on sexual function, libido, and fertility
Caring for and adjusting to an ostomy, whether temporary or permanent
Emotional responses to diagnosis, treatment, remission, and all other aspects of dealing with the condition. Stories from those living with colon cancer are included.
Author Lorraine Johnston, with her background in life sciences, emphasizes using knowledge to dispel fear. Those who read this book will encounter medical facts simply explained, advice to ease their daily life, and tools to be a strong advocate for themselves or a family member.