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Guide for Cancer Supporters is more than the ideas of one person or family. Questionnaires were sent to numerous doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, facilitators of support groups, supporters of cancer patients and cancer patients seeking their input and suggestions. This is a compilation of the results of all of those along with the experiences of Richard Bloch, who was diagnosed as having terminal lung cancer in 1978 and given 90 days to live. After 2 years of strenuous treatments he was pronounced cured. In 1989, he was diagnosed with colon cancer and again endured a year of chemotherapy after surgery. He was supported through all of this by his wife, Annette and their three daughters. Their input along with the experiences of talking to more than a thousand cancer patients and their supporters by telephone and in person at the R. A. Bloch Cancer Management Center and R. A. Bloch Cancer Support Center are what make this book comprehensive and reliable. It is arranged for the primary supporter as well as the casual acquaintance. Checklists at the end of each section summarize the possibilities described in detail. It is a "must read" for anyone who wants to truly help a cancer patient improve the quality of their life and their chances of successfully fighting the disease.

Table of Contents


Part I

Understanding the patient
Making a decision to fight
Guide for Cancer Supporters
Medical Treatments
Considering the prognosis
Replacing depression
Suggesting Actions

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