The Complete Cancer Survival Guide
by Peter Teeley and Philip Bashe
Main Street Books, 2000
ISBN: 0385486057 $19.95
Reviewed by Judi Ebbert
Peter Teeley, a survivor of stage III colon cancer and former press secretary to George Bush, with Philip Bashe, the author of numerous books, have assembled an arsenal of information for people fighting the 25 most common types of cancer. To create the comprehensive Cancer Survival Guide, the authors consulted leading cancer specialists at more than 30 major cancer centers.
When you first see this 972-page guide, don't be intimidated by its size. It is a resource that can be used time and again by patients and their families and friends fighting cancer. Headings, subheads, tables, lists, illustrations, and sidebars help readers get the information they need without having to sift through pages and pages of text. The clear, conversational language includes direct quotations from authorities on diagnosis, treatment, and quality-of-life issues.
The Cancer Survival Guide provides information on staging and diagnosis, state-of-the-art treatment options for each of the 25 most common types of cancer, as well as how to get a second opinion and decide where to get care. The Guide clarifies what to expect during treatment and explains how to take control of symptoms, side effects, and complications. In addition, the authors offer readers suggestions on how to protect emotional health, how to get help from family, friends, and hospital social workers, how to handle insurance, finances, and employment issues, and how to help yourself when treatment ends. The appendices list cancer organizations and how they might help, along with their street and website addresses and telephone numbers.
Teeley and Bashe have created an excellent resource for people who want to be actively involved in their care. The Cancer Survival Guide is an excellent tool for informed decision-making about survival strategies in the war against cancer.
Judi Ebbert is caregiver to her husband with colorectal cancer and a member of the Colon Cancer Alliance.