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Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer. This authoritative book presents new lifesaving strategies for those already diagsed and those at risk (including ex-smokers). Lung cancer is deadly because it's usually found late. Dr. Claudia Henschke's groundbreaking research on early diagsis, published in Lancet, made headlines worldwide. Now, for the first time, she offers specific recommendations based on her latest findings: who needs to be checked and how to get tested. People with lung cancer often are told, Nothing can be done. Not so! Dr. Henschke and coauthor Peggy McCarthy, a leading patient advocate, provide up-to-the-minute advice, along with inspiring quotes from survivors. If lung cancer has touched your life-or if you have reason for concern-this comprehensive and compassionate book can help: * Understand how the lungs work and how cancer develops. * Pinpoint risk factors and the sometimes surprising symptoms, like back pain or swollen fingertips, that can signal a problem. * Learn how to find the best doctors and the latest treatments. * Remain healthy, active, and pain-free during and after treatment. * Cope with emotional and practical concerns, such as telling the children, dealing with guilt, and getting the most out of your insurance.
Claudia I. Henschke, Ph.D., M.D., is chief, Division of Chest Imaging, at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and professor of radiology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She has served on committees of the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Science, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American College of Radiology. For information about her work on early detection of lung cancer, see www.nyelcap.org. Peggy McCarthy, MBA, president of McCarthy Medical Marketing, Inc., and Innovative Medical Education Consortium, Inc., is a prominent cancer patient advocate. She is founder and board member of the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education (ALCASE) and works internationally for lung cancer awareness. Sarah Wernick, Ph.D., is an award-winning freelance health writer. Her books include the best-selling Strong Women Stay Young. Visit her website at www.sarahwernick.com.
Winner of American Medical Writers Association Ralph A. Deterling Pyramid Distinction Award 2003.