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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press; 2nd edition (23 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184709080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847090805
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Priestman is Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, UK. He is author of best-selling Coping with Radiotherapy, Coping with Breast Cancer, Reducing Your Risk of Cancer, and The Cancer Survivor's Handbook, all for Sheldon Press.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Vivian on 17 Jan 2011
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If you are due to have - or are having chemotherapy, this is a must have book for you. I discovered it in the library after I had just finished the chemo and felt quite angry I hadn't found it before as it was so much more helpful than the hospital leaflets. I would have felt far more informed and prepared if I had read it in advance, but it was still a very useful read - so much so, I immediately bought my own copy - and they are very reasonable too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheShopaholic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec 2011
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I bought this book alongside some others as I am about to start chemotherapy. They say 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' so being better informed is definitely better right?

This book goes into great detail about the most common chemotherapy drugs, how they are used, administered and their known side effects. It is a great book for gaining a better and much deeper understanding of what to expect from your treatment. It is like having your oncology consultant on hand. As those of us who have been there know, your mind gets bombarded with so much information during your consultations that some info sticks and some just becomes a blur and there are often questions you have but dont always get a chance to ask them. This book is great. Yes it is fairly medically intensive but not so that it makes it difficult to understand. While reading it I found that I was beginning to remember things that had been said to me but that I had either forgotten or not fully understood at the time. This book made things a lot clearer and therefore a lot less intimidating.

I am so pleased I bought this BEFORE starting chemo. I would recommend that you buy it and read it before too or at least while you are just beginning the process so that you can gain the most from its contents.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PJM on 4 April 2008
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I came across this while looking for something quick and reliable I could give my Mum before she started her chemotherapy. It's well written, comprehensive and a quick and easy read.

It was just so refreshing to find a book on the subject written by a leading oncologist, rather than a geologist, footballer or weathergirl! My Mum also found it very helpful and reassuring. It's the best book I've found on the subject, and I highly recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angie on 7 July 2008
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I'm currently "doing" chemo and have found this book immensely useful. It explains how the drugs work, what side effects are common and has some practical tips on coping with chemo as the title suggests.

The author is extremely qualified to write on the subject and has filled the gaps in my understanding allowing me to face this treatment with certainty that it is the right thing for me.

It's a very affirming book and leaves you feeling a little more in control that when you started it. I look forward to reading coping with radiotherapy as that's next.

I think family members of people doing chemo should read the book too as it does take a lot of the fear out of a treatment that is much more common than most people realise and not always as bad as people think too.

It's also quite short and not too heavy going, but not at all short on info.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Law on 26 Jan 2007
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This book is superbly written, yet in an easy to understand manner that will be highly valuable to the patient who is confronted by this particularly traumatic treatment. Dr Priestman provides a superb insight into the fears that will confront may undergoing chemotherapy and guides the reader through some of the procedures that may take place.

This should be required reading for both patient and consultant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs W. on 20 Oct 2012
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As I'm currently in the middle of chemo I probably set my expectations too high for this book. I wanted a deeper insight. This book is informative but at a basic level. May be I'm having a particularly difficult time but talking to others I don't think so. This provides medical and basic level info. No real insights as to how to prepare mentally before or during.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mary Dudfield on 14 Nov 2010
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I am glad that I bought this book as I found it very helpful. It contains enough basic information for me at this stage, without going into too much scientific detail. It is a useful addition to Macmillan's cancer support booklet 'Understanding Chemotherapy'. However, the Macmillan bookelt contains diagrams and 'Understanding Chemotherapy' does not and I found this to be a major drawback as a few diagrams would have helped a lot. For example, mitosis is described but it would have been much easier to understand it if there had been diagrams. I did biology at A level many years ago and still found the description difficult to understand.
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