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Patient-Centered Guides

August 20, 2001

Cancer's Other Diagnosis (Fear):
New Tools for Patients & Families

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- One of every three Americans faces cancer. With the diagnosis comes a maelstrom of fears about the future and complex decisions about treatment. This "other diagnosis" of fear can paralyze patients and families, keeping them from being effective participants in their care and from making the best medical and personal decisions for their situations.

In a world turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, it is difficult to find the right answers, much less be certain that the right questions are asked. It is hard to balance the desire to find a cure and extend life, and the wish to prevent side effects of treatment. At the same time, patients and families must deal with powerful emotions, keep hope for the future, and maintain a sense of meaning in life.

Live Longer, Live Larger is a handbook for people who want a supportive companion in their response to cancer or other serious illness. It is based on the experience and hard-won wisdom of thousands of patients and families dealing with cancer: people of differing temperaments, backgrounds, and medical circumstances. Its stories, exercises and tools can help patients survive a diagnosis of cancer to live longer, more meaningfully, and with a higher quality of life, regardless of prognosis or stage of disease.

Topics covered include:

  • Conquering fear
  • Finding the right treatment for you
  • Using hope as good medicine
  • Surmounting barriers to treatment
  • Increasing quality and meaning of life
  • Redefining your relationship with cancer
  • Finding opportunity amidst the crisis

Authors William M. Buchholz, M.D., Hematology and Oncology, and Susan W. Buchholz, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, have worked since 1978 with patients and families facing life-threatening illness. Inspired by their patients, they have created a map to help other people successfully navigate the complex world of cancer.

Press may receive a complementary copy of this book.

About the Authors

Dr. William Buchholz is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and hematology and has practiced hematology and oncology for over 25 years. He has served as a consultant to the Commonweal Cancer Help Program (featured on Bill Moyer's series, Healing and the Mind), helped create holistic health centers in Japan, and help develop hospice and patient support services in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Buchholz has lectured internationally on such topics as cancer prevention, hospice and palliative care, and complementary medicine and the medical uses of hope. His articles have been published both in scientific journals like NEJM and JAMA and in popular books like Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul.

Dr. Susan Buchholz is a graduate of Johns Hopkins' Physician Assistant program and received her PhD in clinical health psychology from the Fielding Institute. She has advanced training in biofeedback, self-hypnosis and the Enneagram. She counsels both couples and individuals facing medical illness as well as those dealing with anxiety and depression. She describes her job as "untangling the knots that keep people trapped in unhealthy lives."

Drs. William and Susan Buchholz have practiced together as a team in Mountain View, California, since 1978 and have offered workshops on wellness, cancer prevention, and "The Successful Cancer Patient" to audiences ranging from IBM, Lockheed, and Apple Computer to PTAs and churches.

Our Philosophy of Care

  1. There is always hope. If not cure, then remission. If not a longer life, then a better life.
  2. There is always choice.
  3. If you're going to fight for your life, fight smarter, not just harder.
  4. It is better to ask the right questions than to get the right answer to the wrong question. The right questions result in discoveries about what is true for you.
  5. It is better to go purposefully toward something you want than to run frantically away from something you don't want.
  6. Developing the right strategy or plan for treatment is just as important as finding the right treatment.
  7. The purpose of treatment is to have a larger life-with the dimensions of quality and meaning-not just a longer one.

Advance Praise

"Bill and Susie Buchholz are a wonderful oncologist-psychologist team who have devoted decades providing cancer patients with scientifically grounded, open minded and psychologically sensitive approaches to cancer care. Live Longer, Live Larger is a strong and clear summary of all that they have learned.

"A very useful book covering a wide range of key issues that cancer patients face....It is solid, it is broadminded, it is thoughtful, it is compassionate, it is wise."

--Michael Lerner, Author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer; President, Commonweal

"In this gem of a book William and Susan Buchholz offer us the experience gained from a lifetime of accompanying people with cancer. Live Longer, Live Larger is holistic medicine at its best: relevant, liberating, wise and profoundly healing. If only everyone with cancer could receive it from their doctor along with their diagnosis."

--Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings

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Live Longer, Live Larger:
A Holistic Approach for Cancer Patients & Families

By William M. Buchholz, MD, & Susan W. Buchholz, PhD
$24.95, 408 pages, paperback
ISBN: 1-56592-845-8

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