SEBASTOPOL, CA - Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in
the US. Despite this, it receives little attention from the media
and little sympathy from the public. Even though 50% of those
with lung cancer are non-smokers, people with
lung cancer suffer blame and stigma. There are no lung-cancer
celebrity spokespersons, golf tournaments, or walks for the cure.
(See accompanying article,
The Stigma of Lung Cancer.)
Despite the lack of attention, families have a great need for
information and support. Treatments for lung cancer can have
significant impact on quality of life. The prognosis
for some types and stages of lung cancer, using standard
treatments, can be daunting.
A new in-depth guide to making informed treatment decisions and
improving quality of life has just been published. In
straightforward language, Lung Cancer: Making Sense of
Diagnosis, Treatment & Options addresses the
needs of patients and families. Topics include:
- Diagnosis and medical tests
- Characteristics of the lung cancers, factors in prognosis, and
the various subtypes and staging systems for the disease
- Treatments, including standard treatments as
well as emerging research and promising treatments now in clinical trials
- Side effects and long-term effects of treatment, including how
to improve quality of life
- Emotional responses to diagnosis, treatment, remission, and
recurrence, including stories from dozens of families
living with lung cancer
- Getting support from family, friends, employers, and the
- Comprehensive list of lung cancer resources: organizations,
print, online sites
- Other resources, including glossary, bibliography, and
Author Lorraine Johnston emphasizes using knowledge to dispel fear.
This is the most in-depth and up-to-date guide for families facing
this dreaded and misunderstood, disease.
About the Author
Lorraine Johnston, who has a bachelor's degree in life sciences,
is a respected member of the online cancer community, the
listowner of four lung cancer lists, the wife of an eight-year
lymphoma survivor, and the daughter of a twenty-year lymphoma
survivor. In the course of her efforts, she has been interviewed
by National Public Radio's Marketplace program regarding the
best ways to find reliable medical information using the Internet.
She is also the author of Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive
Guide for Patients and Families (Patient-Centered Guides 1998)
and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas: Making Sense of Diagnosis,
Treatment & Options (Patient-Centered Guides, 1999).
Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options
by Lorraine Johnston
$27.95, 530 pages, paperback
PUBLICATION DATE: May 2001
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