The Complete Guide To Relieving Cancer Pain And Suffering: Comp Gt Relieving Cancer Pain

Paperback | November 7, 2006

byRichard B. Patt, Susan S. Lang

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Most cancer patients fear unremitting pain more than the prospect of an untimely death, and are surprised to learn that most of the pain and related symptoms of cancer can be successfully addressed by an informed patient working with a determined health care team. Thoroughly updating their widely praised 1994 book, You Don't Have to Suffer, Dr. Richard B. Patt and Susan Lang offer a much-needed handbook for patients and caregivers on all aspects of cancer pain and suffering. The authors identify the reasons why patients are so often under-medicated--frompatients who feel the need to tough it out to doctors buried in time-consuming paperwork--and argue that properly medicated patients are better able to resume active lives and marshal strength to fight their disease. Those in chronic pain not only suffer, but also jeopardize their recovery. Theydemonstrate methods that can be used to cope with pain, nausea, constipation, fatigue, and other symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and describe all of the pain-relieving options available in the modern medical arsenal. This includes drugs and high-tech medical procedures, as well aspsychological, cognitive, and mind/body techniques. The authors also discuss depression and other psychological components that can contribute to suffering, as well as end-of-life issues. The book includes detailed charts of all the pain medications presently available and lists many availableresources, from pain specialists to hospice and home care. This book will empower cancer patients and their families to make informed decisions about their care and will be of enormous value to the growing number of patients, family members, and health-care professionals determined to relieve needless suffering.

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Most cancer patients fear unremitting pain more than the prospect of an untimely death, and are surprised to learn that most of the pain and related symptoms of cancer can be successfully addressed by an informed patient working with a determined health care team. Thoroughly updating their widely praised 1994 book, You Don't Have to...

Richard B. Patt, M.D. is the President and Chief Medical Officer of the Patt Center for Cancer Pain and Wellness (www.cancerpain.org) in Houston. Susan S. Lang is a Senior Science Writer at Cornell University and the author or co-author of eleven books, including Headache Help and Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dy...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:November 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195312023

ISBN - 13:9780195312027

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"Reassuring and honest...a "must have" for all health care providers. Should be required reading for students in the health professions and used as an authoritative resource to educate professionals in a way that will enable them to empower patients and families to control this veryout-of-control experience. Overall, this is a superb book."--Oncology Times