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The Complete Guide to Relieving Cancer Pain and Suffering


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Richard B. Patt, M.D. is the President and Chief Medical Officer of the Patt Center for Cancer Pain and Wellness ( in Houston. Susan S. Lang is a Senior Science Writer at Cornell University and the author or co-author of eleven books, including Headache Help and Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Depression.


Cancer patients and their caregivers will find a wealth of information in this thoroughly revised edition of the authors' You Don't Have To Suffer (1994). Patt (president & chief medical officer, Patt Ctr. for Cancer Pain & Wellness, Houston) and science writer Lang (Cornell Univ. News Svc.) cover every aspect of cancer pain management, from pain undermanagement and the quality-of-life benefits of properly managed pain to types and causes of cancer pain, pain assessment, and medications. Also addressed are high-tech interventions, such as implantable pumps and nerve blocks; nondrug approaches, including relaxation and biofeedback; the special problems of pain in children, teens, and the elderly; psychological aspects; and comfort to the dying. Hints on choosing a physician and being an assertive consumer, as well as examples of documents (e.g., living wills) and extensive appendixes, empower patients and caregivers. As the authors point out, it is estimated that some 40 percent of cancer patients receive inadequate pain relief, so this book has a potentially large audience. Highly recommended.-Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

The text adds to the limited resources available to help service users become active partners in decision-making around their treatment and care...[it] will be helpful to people affected by cancer who wish to gain insight into the biomedical perspective on pain and its management. Journal of Advanced Nursing ...a well-written and comprehensive handbook for cancer patients and their caregivers...This will be an invaluable resource for people caring for patients with cancer and pain, particularly if they are being managed at home. The information is well set-out and clearly explained, and there is a glossary of medical terms included. IAHPC Website ...a much-needed handbook for patients and carers on all aspects of cancer pain...This is a book that I wish had been available several years ago at a time when I was looking for straightforward advice and inspiration. Palliative Medicine, 19 They say that turkeys wouldn't vote for Christmas, so it came as a bit of a surprise, as a cancer patient, to be asked by the editor to review a book on cancer pain ... I cannot imagine a more complete treatment of the subject, written in truly accessible language, and with open discussion of contentious issues. The book is aimed at patients and carers, and I would also strongly recommend it to those who support and advise patients. This is a book that every informed patient and carer should know about, and which should be on the library shelves of every cancer support group. Annals of Oncology

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