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Contents Important Note 6 Contents 7 Foreword 10 Acknowledgements 11 Introduction 12 Chapter 1: Facing the Unknown 15 What Is Colorectal Cancer? 15 Warning Signs 15 Facing Up to the Symptoms 16 Basic Screening Tests for Colorectal Cancer 18 Missed Signals 21 Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer 22 The Role of Stress 22 The Role of Genetics 23 Positive Options for Facing the Unknown 26 Chapter 2: Gathering Information 27 Additional Tests for Colorectal Cancer 28 Stages of Colorectal Cancer 28 Adjusting to New Test Results 29 Questions from Colorectal Cancer Patients 30 Myths and Misinformation 32 Positive Options when Gathering Information 34 Chapter 3: Working with Medical Professionals to Develop a Health Plan 35 Legal and Financial Concerns 35 Managing Medical Records 37 Finding a Good Doctor 37 How to Get the Best Results when Working with Doctors and Nurses 39 Learning the Language of Medicine Land 41 What We Would Like to Say to Doctors 41 Positive Options for Working with Medical Professionals to Develop a Health Plan 42 Chapter 4: Dealing with Your Feelings 43 Coping with a Diagnosis of Cancer 43 Anger as a Catalyst 43 Denial as a Form of Protection 44 Bargaining for Time 46 Sorrow vs. Depression 47 Finding the Right Support Group 48 Ways You Can Get What You Need from Others 50 Positive Options for Dealing with Your Feelings 51 Chapter 5: Making Decisions about Treatment 53 Some Basic Information about Chemotherapy 53 Adjuvant Chemotherapy 54 Adjuvant Radiation Therapy 56 Myths about Radiation 59 Preparing for the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation 60 Questionable Treatments 61 Positive Options for Making Decisions about Treatments 62 Chapter 6: Coping with Surgery: Plain Talk about a Complicated Subject 64 When Is Surgery Necessary? 64 Bypass-Temporary Ostomies 65 First Aid: The Enterostomal Nurses 66 Suggestions for Your Hospital Stay 67 What Should You Take to the Hospital? 68 The Operating Room 70 The Recovery Room 70 Positive Options for Coping with Surgery 71 Chapter 7: The First Six Weeks after Surgery 72 What to Expect Once You're Home 72 Special Problems 74 Steps to Healing: Being Helped by Complementary Therapies 75 Follow-Up to Surgery 77 Positive Options after Surgery: 78 Chapter 8: The Challenges of Chemotherapy 79 Returning to Chemotherapy 79 Traveling the Chemotherapy Canal 79 Things That Helped 81 Dan's Story 83 Positive Options for Going Through Chemotherapy 85 Chapter 9: Complications of Cancer after Treatments 87 When a Temporary Ostomy Becomes Permanent 87 Ileostomies and Colostomies 90 Blockages 91 The Be-Attitudes of Having an Ostomy 92 Recurrences 93 Positive Options for Complications after Treatments 94 Chapter 10: Lessons Learned from Surviving Cancer 95 Begin with Realistic Expectations 95 Enlist Your Resources 95 Reduce Unnecessary Stress 96 Make a Comeback with Good Nutrition and Exercise 97 Expect to Encounter Some Potholes of Depression 98 Remember to Laugh 99 Explore the Private Roads of Sexuality 99 Finding Meaning after Cancer 100 Positive Options after Surviving Cancer 101 References 102 Citations from Books 102 Excerpts from Articles 102 Resources 103 Online Resources 103 Books 103 Magazine and Journal Articles 104 Useful Organizations 104 Index 107
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Colon (Anatomy) -- Cancer -- Popular works.
Rectum--Cancer -- Popular works.