Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor

Paperback | October 24, 2012

byLynne P. Taylor, Alyx B. Porter, Diane Richard

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Providing readily accessible information and real-world encouragement to people living with primary and metastatic brain tumors, this book discusses the basics of brain tumors, types of tumors, management of different tumors, related symptoms, treatments and side effects, the role of medicalteam members, and coping strategies from initial diagnosis throughout the course of the illness. At the same time, it also offers practical suggestions on symptom management and lifestyle modification, as well as real-life anecdotes and advice from both patients and family members and friends who are experiencing this diagnosis. Written by two experts working with a professional writer, as wellas advice from other professionals, the book is crystal clear and easy to use. Balancing the uncertainties of prognosis with hope, Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor is an authoritative, realistic, yet compassionate guide to living with brain cancer.

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Providing readily accessible information and real-world encouragement to people living with primary and metastatic brain tumors, this book discusses the basics of brain tumors, types of tumors, management of different tumors, related symptoms, treatments and side effects, the role of medicalteam members, and coping strategies from init...

Lynne P. Taylor, MD, FAAN, is Associate Professor, Neuro-Oncology and Director of Palliative Care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Alyx B. Porter, MD is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, AZ. Diane Richard is a Minneapolis-based reporter, radio producer and writer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199897794

ISBN - 13:9780199897797

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SECTION 1: Where Do I Begin?IntroductionStep 1: Take a Deep BreathStep 2: Seek Out InformationStep 3: Assemble Your TeamStep 4: Keep a Journal1. A Look Inside Your BrainBasics about the BrainUnderstanding Brain TumorsA Search for WhyGetting a Diagnosis2. Diagnosing Your Brain TumorAssessment and PlanGetting the Medical Help You NeedAssembling Your TeamFinalizing Your Treatment TeamUnderstanding Your PrognosisTime to Take Charge3. Understanding Radiation TherapyMembers of the Radiation Oncology TeamImportant ConsiderationsSide Effects of Radiation TherapyRetreatmentRadiation Therapy for Brain MetastasesRadiation Therapy for MeningiomaSECTION 2: How Do I Deal With This?4. Lifestyle ManagementFeel EmpoweredReduce StressBreathe DeeplyConsider MeditationMove Your MusclesEat WellHerbal and Dietary SupplementsDrivingWorkingSupport GroupsCosmetic IssuesCreativity and Art as Therapy5. Symptom Management and Palliative CareSymptoms"Big Picture" Topics to Keep in Mind6. Care of the CaregiverPre-SurgeryDuring TreatmentRecurrence7. Legal and Financial IssuesFinancial PlanningAdvance DirectivesLiving WillsHIPAA-What Information Do I Have Access to and How to Make the Most of ItMaintaining Tracking Information through Electronic Medical RecordsADA IssuesSECTION 3: What Can My Medical Team Do About It?8. Tumors within the Skull Yet Outside the BrainBasics about MeningiomaTreating Atypical and Malignant MeningiomasPituitary AdenomaAcoustic NeuromaHow Will Having One of These Tumors Affect My Life?9. Primary Brain TumorsUnderstanding Your Treatment OptionsUnderstanding Your Pathology ReportRadiation Therapy and Chemotherapy10. Understanding Metastatic Brain TumorsSymptomsDiagnosisTreatmentPrognosisLeptomeningeal DiseaseAppendixResourcesGlossary