By Leifer, John; Leifer, Lori Lindstrom
In 2014, an predicted 1.66 million humans will obtain a prognosis of melanoma. they are going to subscribe to a pool of 13.7 million american citizens already residing with a heritage of melanoma. virtually 600,000 american citizens will die from melanoma. For a few, melanoma should be just a brief divergence. For others, although, it is going to be a dramatic fork within the street. And for nonetheless others, the start of the top of the road.
This booklet courses melanoma sufferers alongside their trip the place not anyone is aware the period or the vacation spot. Divided into the 3 elements of being a melanoma patient—the prognosis, preliminary remedy, and directly to survivorship—the publication might help the newly clinically determined melanoma sufferer navigate a fancy wellbeing and fitness care procedure, make astute judgements at tough junctures, and deal with the emotional turbulence which could rock his or her global. finally, it stocks the tale of ways the writer and his spouse, in addition to different melanoma sufferers, have faced their affliction.
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I want to know not only the scientific data but what my doctor thinks about the problem—even though I may or may not pay attention to what she advises me to do. I also think it is very important that it is someone that you can relate to. I wasn’t looking for a good friend, but I did need to identify someone who would respect my role in treatment. When you are talking about this journey, you’re hopefully going to be with this person for a long time. That’s why I believe in a covenantal approach to medicine—you can only be successful if each commits to the other.
It was really off-putting to me. I again said, “Maybe. ” I knew he and I were not going to do well with one another, so I told him I was going to shop around for an oncologist and figure out what to do. The next day while friends were visiting, in comes this kid. He taps on the door, and then just charges in, interrupting our conversa31 32 CHA P TER 3 tion. He sits down, looking like he is all of twelve years old, and says, “I’m doctor so and so. ” I said, “I’m sorry. ” He repeated himself, to which I replied, “Sweetheart, I’m sure you are an oncologist, but you are not my oncologist.
Some cancer facilities, however, may be more adept at tailoring their marketing messages than delivering clinically superior care. Truly exemplary facilities may do a modicum of advertising, but they do not make exaggerated claims. Rather, they build their reputation daily, patient by patient, predicated on the excellence of their care. Be careful not to be misled by false claims at a time when you or a loved one is extremely vulnerable and searching for the best care. A FINAL NOTE OF CAUTION Myra offers an important cautionary note to patients entering the health care system: One piece of advice I would offer is that you have to take control of your situation.
After you hear it's cancer : a guide to navigating the difficult journey ahead by Leifer, John; Leifer, Lori Lindstrom