New Books in Our Library
Can I Still Kiss You? Answering Your Children's Questions About Cancer
by Neil Russell
As a successful, loving father, Neil Russell had to deal with one of the most difficult and important responsibilities he had ever faced as a parent: speaking to his children about his cancer. Diagnosed at age 47 when his children were only 11 and 13, this is Neil's emotional account of the disease's life-changing impact on himself and his family. Can I Still Kiss You?is both informative narrative and interactive journal; it will help parents speak to their children about the cancer that has come into their lives.
Dr. Michael Hunter's Breast Cancer Made Simple
by Dr. Michael Hunter
It is a frightening experience to hear the words "You have breast cancer." Now what? How can women turn those dreadful words into the first step on a journey of education? Dr. Michael Hunter's Breast Cancer Made Simple offers an easy-to-understand guide. Topics covered include basics (an overview of cancer, anatomy, cancer spread, and risk factors), detection (biopsy options, benign changes, breast cancer types, margins, and more), pathology (under the microscope), staging (extent of cancer), prognosis, management (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and more), and aftercare. Included is a comprehensive toolbox containing resources such as abbreviations, a glossary, index, and helpful sources (telephone, internet, etc.).
Meeting the Challenges of Oral and Head and Neck Cancer: A Survivor's Guide
by Nancy E. Leupold and James J. Sciubba
Nancy Leupold, herself a survivor, and president and founder of Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC), and James J. Sciubba present an overview of the different disciplines involved in the treatment of oral and head and neck cancer, with emphasis on providing information and survivor tips to help survivors cope with the disease, its treatment, and their consequential side effects. This book takes a deliberately different stance and approach from other survivor guides, in that it concentrates on helping the individual who has completed treatment and is now on the road to recovery. Furthermore, it is unique in that it is attempting to meet the challenges of oral and head and neck cancer with specific information, in the form of lists and tables of products and suggestions. The editors enlist the help of expert physicians and other healthcare providers from major medical institutions in the United States who, collectively, aim to provide the answers to questions from coping with side-effects, through clinical trials, to insurance issues. The book is written to appeal both to individuals who are affected by oral and head and neck cancers as well as to the allied health professionals who need to have the answers to the many questions that arise.
The Ostomy Book: Living Comfortably with Colostomies, Ileostomies, and Urostomies
by Barbara Dorr Mullen and Kerry Anne McGinn, RN ARNP
This invaluable reference discusses every aspect of an ostomy-a surgical procedure that creates an alternative opening in the body for waste discharge from the kidney, colon, intestines, or bladder-from the first shock of diagnosis through surgery and rehabilitation. The coauthor's moving and motivational story of her colostomy experience is blended with information on the latest surgical techniques and equipment, providing prospective ostomy patients with both the medical and emotional know-how to confidently approach the surgery. This revised edition also contains up-to-date material on virtual colonoscopies and travel regulations related to ostomy pouches, as well as essential facts on how to safely handle sex, pregnancy, and sports after an ostomy.
Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick
by Paula K. Rauch, M.D., and Anna C. Muriel, M.D., M.P.H.
Two Harvard Medical School psychiatrists help you prepare for the special parenting challenges that come with illness. Based on the Massachusetts General Hospital's acclaimed PACT program (Parenting at a Challenging Time), Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent Is Sick helps you:
- Communicate with your child about the illness
- Understand each child's unique temperament
- Organize a family support system
- Maintain a daily routine and reestablish normalcy
- Prepare for hospital visits
- Answer tough questions about death and dying
Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus
by Idell Davidson and Dan Silverman, MD, PhD
Chemotherapy saves lives, but new studies-including research led by coauthor Dr. Dan Silverman-reveal that the agents used to kill cancer cells may also impair normal brain function. Even years after treatment people have reported problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and word retrieval. Silverman and Idelle Davidson combine cutting-edge science and true stories to demonstrate that "chemo brain" is not a figment of your imagination. With its invaluable strategies and straightforward nine-step program specifically tailored to re-energizing the brain, Your Brain After Chemo gives patients the coping skills to move on with their lives.
Children with Cancer: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Parents
by Jeanne Munn Bracken
Children can and do survive cancer; the last decade has seen many major advancements in treatment. Written honestly, yet in a reassuring tone, by a reference librarian whose child has survived cancer, Children with Cancer draws together a wealth of up-to-date information essential for anyone who wishes to help a child or family through this ordeal--including relatives, friends, teachers, and clergymen, as well as doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. The information ranges from sophisticated, hard-to-find medical facts to practical tips on how to handle side effects, and much more. Describing in detail the whole range of childhood cancers, Bracken explores how they affect the child, the treatments available, how to cope with the changes this diagnosis will bring to the entire family, and where to go for both medical and emotional help. It also includes an appendix of common medical tests, a glossary of terms, and comprehensive lists of organizations, clinics, and cancer centers, complete with names and addresses.
The Emperor of All Maladies
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer - from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with - and perished from - for more than five thousand years.
The Middle Place
by Kelly Corrigan
For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, a couple of funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly still saw herself as George Corrigan's daughter. A garrulous Irish-American charmer from Baltimore, George was the center of the ebullient, raucous Corrigan clan. He greeted every day by opening his bedroom window and shouting, "Hello, World!" It was a colorful childhood, just the sort a girl could get attached to. Kelly lives deep within what she calls "The Middle Place" - that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap - comfortably wedged between her adult duties and her parents' care. But she's abruptly shoved into coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast - and gets the diagnosis no one wants to hear. And so Kelly's journey to full-blown adulthood begins. When George, too, learns he has late-stage cancer, it is Kelly's turn to take care of the man who had always taken care of her - and to show us a woman as she finally takes the leap and grows up.
You CAN Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy:
365 Tips for Living a Full Life
by Mims Cushing and Norman Latov, MD
Peripheral neuropathy has reached epidemic proportions in recent years. This condition has numerous causes, but can be associated with diseases such as HIV, alcoholism, diabetes, and lupus and may result from medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Symptoms include pain, numbness, loss of balance, and tingling or burning in the extremities. Although widespread, neuropathy is not well understood, and finding reliable information about it can be difficult. Written by a leading doctor in the field and a patient-expert, You Can Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy: 365 Tips for Living a Full Life covers such diverse topics as what to ask at doctor appointments, how to make the house easier to navigate, where to find a support group, how to use vitamins and herbs for treatment, ways to travel safe, and more. The information in this practical book is aimed at both the millions of people afflicted with neuropathy and the families, caregivers, and health-care providers who share the trauma of this debilitating disease.