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By Leifer, John; Leifer, Lori Lindstrom

ISBN-10: 1442246251

ISBN-13: 9781442246256

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In 2014, an envisioned 1.66 million humans will obtain a analysis of melanoma. they'll sign up for a pool of 13.7 million american citizens already residing with a historical past of melanoma. virtually 600,000 american citizens will die from melanoma. For a few, melanoma can be just a brief divergence. For others, although, it will likely be a dramatic fork within the highway. And for nonetheless others, the start of the top of the road.

This e-book publications melanoma sufferers alongside their trip the place not anyone is aware the period or the vacation spot. Divided into the 3 components of being a melanoma patient—the analysis, preliminary remedy, and directly to survivorship—the booklet may help the newly clinically determined melanoma sufferer navigate a fancy health and wellbeing care procedure, make astute judgements at tough junctures, and deal with the emotional turbulence that could rock his or her global. finally, it stocks the tale of the way the writer and his spouse, in addition to different melanoma sufferers, have faced their ailment.

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UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF CANCER SPECIALISTS Your chances of selecting the optimal specialists improve when you understand how to differentiate among doctors. Lori and I believe it is helpful to first divide doctors into two major groups: (1) those specialists whose practices include—but do not treat exclusively—cancer patients, such as general surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists, ENTs, and gynecologists, and (2) physicians whose sole focus is on cancer-related diagnoses. The second group, who are referred to as oncologists, can then be further divided into medical oncologists H OW T O SE LE C T Y OU R DOCTORS A ND TREA TMENT FA CILITIES 35 (who can also be trained as hematologists), radiation oncologists, and surgical oncologists.

10 HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW? Now might be a good time to ask yourself how much information do you want your physician to disclose about your condition? The truth about one’s diagnosis and prognosis can be either uplifting or usher in a harsh, new reality. For some patients, a future, once meticulously planned, can change with the utterance of a few words by their doctors. Despite the risks of reducing hope and injuring our psyches, the majority of patients want to know the truth, albeit to varying degrees of completeness.

A trusted caregiver is a bit like your personal Sherpa—they help to lighten your load. Your caregiver can be a spouse, significant other, adult child, close friend, or relative. The caregiver’s role needs to remain malleable, but in the early stage, it often includes a number of A DE FI N I T I V E DI AG N OSI S 17 basic functions. Ideally, your caregiver will be present at your doctor appointments. You will be receiving information at breakneck speed— too quickly to assimilate it by yourself. That is why your caregiver needs to listen, record, and be able to recount what took place during these visits.

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