When someone gets a cancer diagnosis it can feel like the end of the world and sadly for some it is. Award-winning health book author and patient advocate Charlotte Libov is hoping to make it easier for cancer victims and their families.
Libov, formerly a New York Times contributor, turned her attention towards health-related topics after her own battle with heart disease. In her latest book, Cancer Survival Guide, Libov delves into the stressful situation of a cancer diagnosis, providing readers with crucial healthcare advice. With firsthand experience of battling a deadly disease, Libov’s book is both heartfelt and informative, providing readers with information on how to not only survive, but thrive in the face of cancer.
Starting with just what exactly cancer is, Libov walks readers through the process of how cancer affects the body, what symptoms to look for and how genetics play a part. She even explains the process of choosing the best doctor for you. Not only does the Cancer Survival Guide explain different cancer treatments, but Libov devotes entire chapters to each type of cancer, making this a handbook for breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukemia patients and more.
A disease with the magnitude of cancer impacts a person’s physical and emotional state as well.
With that in mind Libov says: “My intention in writing the Cancer Survival Guide was to provide effective tools for patients newly diagnosed with cancer to use not only during treatment but afterward as well.
The book covers the following cancers: breast, lung, colon, prostate, brain, bladder, leukemia, melanoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ovarian, soft tissue sarcoma, and testicular cancer. I also explain cancer basics, tests, and current therapies. Additionally, I provide chapters on alternative therapies, the psychological aspects of cancer, and information for cancer survivors.”
Libov’s chapter on “The Psychological Impact of Cancer,” touches on the depression, anxiety and stress that former cancer patients undergo; and how with the proper support system, survivors can more forward with hope.
Libov says she also decided to write this book knowing that cancer is poised to overtake heart disease as the nation’s number one killer by 2030, mainly due to the decline in heart disease deaths. She says we do a much better job treating heart disease than cancer. With heart issues there are certain guidelines that health professionals follow. She says with cancer that isn’t the case. With all the different types of cancer, and how well they are understood opinions and treatment varies case by case. Also, cancer treatment is undergoing some big changes right now and she says some oncologists are up to date with the latest progress and others don’t really know what the latest treatment offerings are. Libov says, “This presents a treacherous landscape for the new patient, who must make life-or-death decisions, right from the start. I wanted to write a book that would level the playing field, and give patients the tools to get the best care.”
The paperback version Cancer Survival Guide went on sale February 16th: http://www.amazon.com/Cancer-Survival-Guide-Conquer-Disease/dp/1630060143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455660982&sr=8-1&keywords=cancer+survival+guide