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From Both Ends of the Stethoscope: Getting through breast cancer—by a doctor who knows 1st , Kindle Edition
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The book is informative and hugely entertaining in spite of its sad subject matter and I couldn't wait to pick it up each time to see how the author, herself a doctor, was getting on in the stages of her treatment. It is a timeline from first discovery to the end of treatment and each chapter is divided between factual information (you will learn loads even if you think you're well informed) and the authors own experiences good and staggeringly bad. The book is an eye opener to the (sadly) inadequacies of the NHS but it is also a triumph for many of the dedicated staff who work in it. The book names many great employees of the NHS and also highlights some of the arrogance at consultant level and the unbelievable episodes experienced by the author in her treatment schedule will make you cheer and cringe in so many pages.
It was far better and more entertaining than most of the fiction novels I read on holiday!!
It is no surprise, therefore, that Dr Kathleen Thompson brings just the same skills to From Both Ends Of The Stethoscope – Getting through breast cancer – by a doctor who knows.
This guide should be read by anyone with cancer, or given to anyone we know with the disease. Not only that, it should be read by relatives who are suddenly thrust into a unexpected supportive role, which leaves them as confused and upset as the patient.
In the guide, Dr Kathleen Thompson has the courage to use her personal experiences of breast cancer to explore the situation. She acknowledges not only her reluctance to face up to the symptoms, but her initial fear and confusion as she adjusted to this change in her fortunes.
As a medical insider, she reflects and applies her understanding of the medical procedures brought to bear to counteract the progress of the disease. She suggests the questions patients could, or perhaps should ask. She explains the possible treatments, (remember, that knowledge is power).
This is the key to the guide, it seemed to me: it is important for the patient to take control of the situation, and for the relatives to support this stance. To control a situation you need education because education leads to knowledge, which leads to power. Here I must acknowledge the fantastic Andy McNabb, who made this suggestion in a talk he gave. I thought it profound, and use it often.
Indeed, everyone should keep it as a mantra.I loved, particularly, the chapter on how patients manipulate the staff to achieve, or not, the results they require – read it, learn, and laugh.
Sensibly laid out, each chapter is easy to navigate. In other words, it won’t be too much or too difficult for those under stress.
Importantly, the author explains medical research, and how to assess the credibility of the numerous cancer treatment claims, and what we can all do to protect ourselves from cancer.
This is an important book, in either e-book or paperback.
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