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Overcoming the Stigma of Lung Cancer: Information & Support for Families

SEBASTOPOL, CA - Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the US. Despite this, it receives little attention from the media and little sympathy from the public. Even though 50% of those with lung cancer are non-smokers, people with lung cancer suffer blame and stigma. There are no lung-cancer celebrity spokespersons, golf tournaments, or walks for the cure. (See accompanying article, The Stigma of Lung Cancer.)

Despite the lack of attention, families have a great need for information and support. Treatments for lung cancer can have significant impact on quality of life. The prognosis for some types and stages of lung cancer, using standard treatments, can be daunting.

A new in-depth guide to making informed treatment decisions and improving quality of life has just been published. In straightforward language, Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options addresses the needs of patients and families. Topics include:

  • Diagnosis and medical tests
  • Characteristics of the lung cancers, factors in prognosis, and the various subtypes and staging systems for the disease
  • Treatments, including standard treatments as well as emerging research and promising treatments now in clinical trials
  • Side effects and long-term effects of treatment, including how to improve quality of life
  • Emotional responses to diagnosis, treatment, remission, and recurrence, including stories from dozens of families living with lung cancer
  • Getting support from family, friends, employers, and the broader community
  • Comprehensive list of lung cancer resources: organizations, print, online sites
  • Other resources, including glossary, bibliography, and technical appendices

Author Lorraine Johnston emphasizes using knowledge to dispel fear. This is the most in-depth and up-to-date guide for families facing this dreaded and misunderstood, disease.

About the Author

Lorraine Johnston, who has a bachelor's degree in life sciences, is a respected member of the online cancer community, the listowner of four lung cancer lists, the wife of an eight-year lymphoma survivor, and the daughter of a twenty-year lymphoma survivor. In the course of her efforts, she has been interviewed by National Public Radio's Marketplace program regarding the best ways to find reliable medical information using the Internet. She is also the author of Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families (Patient-Centered Guides 1998) and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options (Patient-Centered Guides, 1999).

Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options
by Lorraine Johnston
$27.95, 530 pages, paperback
ISBN: 0-596-50002-5
PUBLICATION DATE: May 2001

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