Odds are that you know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. It's always a shock. Always.
This book breaks this taboo topic down into digestible pieces, explains some of the terminology and produces a series of practical suggestions for you to discuss with your family and treating doctors. Sometimes the shock is so great, people are overwhelmed by the choices presented to them and patients often feel there is no choice at all.
This book gives you the practical tools, and vocabulary to navigate this path and manage your treatment, your family, career and your home. It's a hell of a juggle at the best of times but Srivastava has some sensible suggestions.
Some of these practical tips include:
How to find the right specialists?
How to decide if a clinical trial is appropriate?
How to tell your children?
Is my family at risk?
What if there is no option for surgery?
Fatigue, loss of libido, natural therapies, starting treatment, finishing treatment, managing pain, managing end of life, keeping hope alive, and lastly:
Will my death be painful?
Through the process of cancer treatment people often leave the specialists' office with more questions. This book helps you seek the answers you need.
If you know someone very well who has been recently diagnosed, then this book could be a helpful read because I guarantee they may be Googling some or all of these topics.
'You have cancer.'
These three small words have the power to dramatically change your existence. They can set in motion events that leave you – the patient – feeling out of control of your own body and circumstances. And while there are still many mysteries about cancer, it's important to understand the illness and how it will affect your life.
With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Ranjana Srivastava guides you through the challenging and complex world of the disease. What is cancer and how is it treated? Why can't I have an operation? What should I eat, and how do I manage pain? She equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the most daunting questions, such as how to find the right oncologist, and how best to break the news to your family.
So it's Cancer: Now What? Is a practical, comprehensive guide to what to do when cancer enters your life, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava.
To see an extract of the book click here to go to the Penguin website.
I was sent a review copy of So it's Cancer: Now What? from Penguin, but all opinion are my own.