Surviving cancer is more than just killing cancer cells and getting through treatment. Patients must deal with the emotional, social, spiritual and financial fallout of a cancer diagnosis. By helping you understand that most people can't go back to where they were before cancer—or don’t want to— After Cancer liberates you to move forward to a "new normal" that incorporates the losses and changes in life-enhancing ways.
In a reader-friendly, question-and-answer format, After Cancer addresses a wide range of issues. Among them are understanding the medicine of reevaluation, follow-up and prevention of recurrence and late effects after treatment ; dealing with the common physical aftereffects of treatment; learning how to make decisions about work and school; relating to friends and family; helping children deal with their parents' cancer; and coping with the practicalities of living wills and insurance.
There is life after cancer. After Cancer helps you make it a good life.
Praise for After Cancer
"Having this book on my nightstand is like having an empathetic and wise friend at my side as I chart a new course after cancer treatment. Dr. Harpham blended practical information with the intimate understanding of a veteran. Her book serves as a companion and inspiration on my voyage."
Ellen Hermanson, past editor of Networker (National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Newsletter)
"This book anticipates and answers many often-unspoken questions, and its scope reflects the insights that only a physician-turned patient (the author) could provide. It is an invaluable resource for patients, their families, nurses, and physicians alike.
Tak Takvorian, M.D., Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School
"The magic of survival can be challenged by the vast unknowns and potential problems of life beyond cancer therapy. Finally a book has been written that validates these issues, offers practical advice to resolve problems, and impels survivors to flourish after adversity."
Susan Leigh, R.N., past president of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
"This book will help you make your follow-up visits more productive and teach you how to ask probing and relevant questions, and how to understand the emotions and symptoms during and following a diagnosis of cancer and ensuing therapy. I recommend it as essential reading for all of my patients."
David G. Maloney, M.D. of The Fred Hutchison Cancer Center
"The period after cancer treatment poses its own unique issues. Wendy Harpham, Physician adn patient, provides a helpful roadmap for the cancer survivor."
Jimmie Holland, M.D., chief of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
"This book is a priceless tool in helping to build a "new normal" life.
Jessica Miller, B.L.S., founding member of Hope and Cope
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