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Lung Cancer: From Diagnosis to Treatment
by Walter J. Scott, M.D.
August 2018 ∙ 134 pages ∙ trade paperback ∙ index ∙ glossary
ISBN: 978-1-9438866-7-8 ∙ $19.95
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Because the symptoms of lung cancer are often vague or not noticed immediately, the disease is sometimes quite advanced before it is diagnosed. Once diagnosed, events tend to move quickly and both patients and their support network often feel overwhelmed. This book provides information to help patients and consumers begin to understand what a lung cancer diagnosis can involve.
Now in its third edition, Lung Cancer: from Diagnosis to Treatment is meant to be a basic introduction to lung cancer and some of the procedures and therapies that patient’s may encounter. Written in clear and precise language, the first two chapters of this book focus on information about lung cancer and its symptoms. The third chapter is more involved and discusses some of the tools used to diagnosis lung cancer. Chapters four through eight discuss different treatment options such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. These chapters include basic information on what to expect and potential side effects. Most procedures or treatments are described in brief paragraphs. The final chapters of the book touch on emotional coping and quitting smoking.
Lung cancer is a devastating disease. The information provided in this book is straightforward and basic. At 134 pages, this book doesn’t come close to answering all the questions that a lung cancer patient may have. However, it does provide a quick introduction to lung cancer and will help patients and caregivers to better understand what lies ahead. Recommended for consumer health collections that already have more in depth resources on lung cancer.
Reviewed by: Angie Tucker, MLIS, MIDT, AHIP
Memorial Health System, Marietta, Ohio
Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, First Edition
Scott, Walter, M.D. (Author)
Publisher: Addicus Books
Binding/Price/Pages: Paper Textbook,$14.95 (160p)
Subject: Health & Fitness / Diseases / Cancers Family & Relationships / General
Written for patient and caregiver, this thorough and easy-to-read guide covers the basics of lung cancer and its management. Scott, a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in lung cancer treatment, presents clinical information in a lucid and compassionate manner.
This well-organized book capably guides the reader through a logical series of discussions, ranging from how the lungs work to end-of-life care. Treatments by disease type and stage(and the staging process itself) are smoothly explained. Another strong point is the appendix, which contains a concise list of chemotherapy agents and provides essential drug information, including brand and generic names. Although the text lacks a formal glossary, definitions of technical terms are skillfully woven into the context. Few consumer health titles are exclusively devoted to lung cancer, and this one should prove a valuable addition to consumer health and public library collections.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center