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Women's cancers : how to prevent them, how to treat them, how to beat them

Author: Kerry Anne McGinn; Pamela J Haylock
Publisher: Alameda, CA : Hunter House Publishers, ©2003.
Series: Hunter House cancer & health series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd ed., [fully updated]View all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kerry Anne McGinn; Pamela J Haylock
ISBN: 0897933885 9780897933889 0897933877 9780897933872
OCLC Number: 50041349
Description: xv, 526 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. "You have cancer ..." --
1. Cancer basics --
The wrong kind of cells --
Too many cells --
How cancer cells behave --
How cancer comes about --
Searching for cancer causes --
How cancer grows --
Cancer metastasis --
2. Cause and prevention --
Physical activity --
Chemoprevention --
Tobacco --
Diet --
Environment --
Infections --
Immune system --
Medications --
Age --
Race and ethnicity --
The cancer personality --
Hereditary factors --
Cancer risk analysis --
3. Detecting a change --
Early detection --
Laboratory tests --
Imaging techniques --
4. Diagnosis and beyond --
Informed consent --
Fine needle aspirations, core biopsies, and guided needle biopsies --
Biopsies with a scope --
Dilatation and curettage (D & C) --
Conization (cone biopsy) --
Open biopsy --
Needle localization biopsy --
Feelings about a biopsy --
Timely diagnosis --
Staging a cancer --
Grading a cancer --
Prognosis --
5. A woman and her doctors --
Joining the treatment team --
Cancer doctors --
The patient-doctor relationship --
Second opinions --
6. The rest of the team --
Family and friends --
Mentors and support groups --
Information sources --
The hospital experience --
7. Local treatments for cancer --
What local therapies do --
Surgery --
Radiation --
8. Systemic treatments for cancer --
Chemotherapy --
Hormonal therapy --
Biological therapy --
Clinical trials --
Paying for cancer treatments --
9. Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer --
Who uses these forms of treatment? --
What is unconventional cancer therapy? --
Traditional Eastern healing --
Metabolic and dietary therapy --
Herbal therapy --
Psychological approaches --
Physical approaches --
Spiritual approaches --
Pharmacologic agents : drugs and special preparations --
Programs using complementary therapies --
Separating hope from hype --
10. Feelings --
Numbness and denial --
Regaining control --
Experiencing feelings --
How we see ourselves. pt. 2. Breast cancer --
11. Questions about breasts --
Who gets breast cancer? --
Preventing breast cancer --
Making sense of risk statistics --
Breast changes that are not cancer --
Breast pain --
12. Detecting and diagnosing breast changes --
Detecting breast changes --
Performing BSE --
Professional breast examination --
Diagnosing breast changes --
If breast cancer is diagnosed --
Carcinoma in situ : the in-between diagnosis --
13. Treating invasive breast cancer --
Local treatments : mastectomy or lumpectomy/radiation --
Questions to ask your physician --
Surgery --
Radiation therapy --
Systemic treatment --
Special situations --
14. Beyond basic treatment for breast cancer --
Regaining arm mobility after breast surgery --
Body image after mastectomy --
The breast prosthesis --
Breast reconstruction --
Follow-up after breast cancer --
Local recurrence and metastasis --
Stem-cell transplants. pt. 3. The gynecologic cancers --
Self-advocacy in women's health care --
The normal female reproductive system --
Cancers of the female reproductive system --
15. Cancer of the ovary --
What is cancer of the ovary? --
The natural history of ovarian cancer --
Who gets cancer of the ovary? --
Preventive measures --
Early detection --
Diagnosis --
Staging --
Treatment --
When ovarian cancer recurs --
The future --
16. Cancer of the uterus (endometrial cancer) --
Fibroid tumors --
Endometrial hyperplasia --
Risk factors for uterine cancer --
Prevention --
Early detection --
Diagnosis --
Types of uterine cancer --
Treatment --
Questions to ask your physician --
Hormone replacement therapy --
17. Cancer of the cervix and cervical dysplasia (CIN) --
Normal structure of the cervix --
Dysplasia of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) --
Prevention --
Diagnosis --
Treatment for CIN --
Carcinoma in situ --
Cancer of the cervix --
Treatments for cervical cancer --
Advanced and recurrent cervical cancer --
Questions to ask your physician --
18. Cancer of the vagina --
Risk factors --
Prevention --
Benign vaginal disease --
Vaginal cancer --
Questions to ask you physician --
DES (Diethylstilbestrol) --
19. Cancer of the vulva --
Risk factors --
Prevention --
Benign vulvar disease --
Vulvar cancer --
Questions to ask your physician --
20. Rare gynecologic cancers --
Cancer of the fallopian tub --
Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. pt. 4. Lung cancer and colorectal cancer --
21. Lung cancer --
Who gets lung cancer? --
Prevention --
Normal lung anatomy and function --
Cancerous changes in the lung --
Types of lung cancer --
Early detection --
Diagnosis --
Treatment --
Superior vena cava syndrome --
Follow-up and recurrence --
Quality of life, lung cancer, and women --
The future --
22. Cancer of the colon, rectum, and anus --
Precancer conditions --
Prevention --
Screening --
Signs and symptoms --
Diagnosis and workup --
Treatment --
When colorectal cancer recurs --
The future. pt. 5. Life after cancer --
23. Long-term and late effects of cancer and cancer treatment --
The nature of the problem --
Survivorship --
Interventions : long-term wellness planning for survivors --
24. Feelings after treatment ends --
General strategies --
After-treatment fears --
Other predictable difficult times --
Anger and sadness --
How we feel about ourselves --
Relationships --
Setting goals --
25. After treatment ends : the other issues --
Sexuality --
Pregnancy --
Lymphedema --
Menopause, without hormone therapy --
Employment and insurance --
26. Cancer is still a political issue --
Who pays? Who profits? --
Technology and policy --
Tobacco --
Cancer research --
Cancer policy --
Managed care --
No money? No mission! --
What you can do.
Series Title: Hunter House cancer & health series.
Responsibility: Kerry A. McGinn & Pamela J. Haylock.

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