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Summary and Conclusions

National Cancer Institute Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Glossary of terms in lay language

About the Authors


In 1978, Richard Bloch, co-founder and honorary chairman of the board of H&R Block, Inc., contracted cancer. With the help of his wife, Annette, and the doctors who said he could lick the disease, and with a stubborn determination to survive, Bloch waged a bitter, painful, two-year war on the insidious disease.

Today, he is cured.

So dramatic was his fight and recovery that Bloch and his wife have decided to spend their lives helping to convince others that they too can cope with cancer.

The purpose of this book is to advise cancer patients, their relatives and friends what could be involved and what some of their options are. It is also to advise doctors and other professionals what reactions there could be to statements or treatments. The more knowledge we have about this dreaded disease, the better we can help ourselves and others cope.

Where to find answers

If you have questions concerning a specific type of cancer or where to get treatment, call the Cancer Information Service, a free service of the National Cancer Institute, on their toll-free number: 1-800-4-CANCER.

By calling this number, you will automatically be routed to your local Cancer Information Service. If there is no Cancer Information Service in your area, it will automatically connect you with the National Cancer Information Service lines in Rockville, Maryland.

Request the state-of-the-art therapy for your type and stage of cancer. Also, request all current open protocols from everywhere in the United States for your specific type and stage of cancer. This will give you peace of mind knowing your doctor is giving you the best possible treatment. If you have any questions, ask your doctor.

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