Cancer is the most dreaded diagnosis in our society. Nearly half of all cancer patients will require radiation therapy at some point. Radiotherapy is perhaps a patient's least understood area of medicine. Fear, misinformation, and a lack of knowledge are what make patients feel so vulnerable.
The Best News About Radiation Therapy: How to Cope and Survive is an easy-to-understand, current, informative resource about radiotherapy. It describes the technical and emotional aspects of treatment from a patient's point of view.
By debunking the myths that abound, The Best News thoroughly and authoritatively enlightens readers about what to expect during the course of radiation treatment and afterward.
The Best News helps to allay the patient's worries and enlightens readers about radiation therapy from a humanistic standpoint. This book is a source of inspiration and self-help for those who need radiation therapy.
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Often used in conjunction with surgery or
chemotherapy, radiation treatments, a.k.a. radiotherapy, can be a frightening
experience for many cancer patients, but Kornmehl (Attending Radiation
Oncologist at The Valley Hospital , Ridgewood, NJ) has written a clear and
concise guide that will reassure anxious readers. Covering all forms of
radiotherapy, from the commonly used external beam therapy to brachytherapy,
which uses radioactive implants to deliver therapy directly to the affected
organ, the author explains what these treatments involve and how they work to
destroy cancerous cells. Photographs of the equipment are accompanied by clear
explanations of how they are used. To add a personal touch to the text, Kornmehl
includes vignettes of patients undergoing radiation therapy. She also addresses
side effects in an FAQ chapter. A concise glossary and a list of resources
complete her book. While many guides on cancer discuss radiation therapy, none
provides the kind of detail offered here. Highly recommended for most consumer
health collections. - Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Library.
Carol L., M.D. The Best News About Radiation Therapy: How To Cope and
Survive. Academic Radiation Oncology Pr. 155p. illus. bibliog. index.
ISBN 0-9721896-0-2. pap. $14.95.
a radiation oncologist, explains the methods and equipment used to administer
radiation therapy for treating cancer. She discusses specific types of treatment
for various types of cancers and different anatomical regions. She also offers
advice about support groups, nutrition during therapy, follow-up visits, and
skin care. The book goes into greater detail about radiotherapy than most cancer
books. The photographs of radiological equipment, glossary, and resource list
help make this volume one of a kind. (LJ 8/03)
The Best News about
Everything You Need to Know
about Your Treatment
Carol Kornmehl, M.D., F.A.C.R.O.
Nearly half of all cancer patients require radiation therapy. Not only do they have questions about their condition, but in addition, the process of radiation is the least understood area of medicine and makes patients feel the most vulnerable.
Here, Dr. Carol Kornmehl guides patients through this intimidating process, explaining each step of the therapy and the results they can expect from their treatment. Focusing on both the technical and the emotional aspects of radiotherapy, she debunks common myths while reassuring readers about this essential but often misunderstood field of medicine.
Carol Kornmehl, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., is a board certified radiation oncologist and a clinical assistant professor of radiation oncology at Robert Wood Johnson/Rutgers College of Medicine and Drexel University Hospital. She lives in Morganville, New Jersey.