By Richard C. Frank, Gale V. Parsons

Somebody who's clinically determined with melanoma gets a daunting blow, and in lots of circumstances the analysis is followed via a bewildering array of remedy offerings. during this helpful ebook, Dr. Richard C. Frank bargains convenience and aid to melanoma sufferers, their households, and their caretakers. Dr. Frank empowers sufferers through unlocking the mysteries of the illness and explaining in undeniable language the how one can confront and wrestle it. An award-winning clinical oncologist famous for his humanitarian process in addition to his study accomplishments, Dr. Frank is aware that melanoma sufferers and their households want perception into the ailment in addition to a feeling of keep watch over. He consequently addresses those important topics:–what melanoma is and the way it spreads–how melanoma therapy thoughts are chosen–how cancer-fighting medicinal drugs paintings to close down the expansion of the disease–which components impact a patient’s prognosis–how sufferers can visualize melanoma remedies at paintings within the physique and why this can be helpful–how to accommodate “uncurable” cancer–and more. With a wealth of sufferer case histories, beneficial coping options from melanoma survivors, and updated details on worthy assets, combating melanoma is the book cancer sufferers and their household can flip to with self assurance and wish. (20100715)

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Prostate cancer that has spread to the bones is not “bone cancer” but still prostate cancer, now also growing in the bones; pancreatic cancer that has spread to the liver is not “liver cancer” but the same pancreatic cancer cells that have now traveled to the liver (fig. 3). I recently cared for a thirty-five-year-old man who came to our hospital emergency room complaining of severe back pain. Mike put off coming to the hospital because he was frightened that he would be told he had cancer, and so he delayed seeing a doctor.

Here symptoms caused by the spread of cancer ultimately led to the identification of the primary cancer. Another example of this follows next. AN EMERGENCY DIAGNOSIS Tom came to the emergency room of our hospital because of a sudden onset of headaches, blurred vision, and uncontrolled twitching of one of his arms. A neurologist evaluated him, diagnosed him as having a seizure, and ordered an MRI of his brain. The MRI showed numerous tumors growing in his brain that were characteristic of cancer that had spread from another location in the body.

A shiver ran down my spine. I told them I would do my best to make her well, because I fight for all my patients as if they were my family. I quickly focused on her situation. Janet was thought to have multiple myeloma after an abnormal protein was found in her blood and a biopsy of the fractured vertebra showed some of the cells that are typically found in that bone marrow cancer (myeloma is discussed in chapter 3). But I was not convinced by the whole picture. I ordered an additional analysis of the cells, and it showed that they were not cancerous but rather were part of the body’s normal immune reaction to injury.

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