New PDF release: After you hear it's cancer : a guide to navigating the

By Leifer, John; Leifer, Lori Lindstrom

In 2014, an expected 1.66 million humans will obtain a prognosis of melanoma. they'll sign up for a pool of 13.7 million americans already residing with a background of melanoma. virtually 600,000 americans will die from melanoma. For a few, melanoma might be just a brief divergence. For others, even if, it is going to be a dramatic fork within the highway. And for nonetheless others, the start of the top of the road.

This publication publications melanoma sufferers alongside their trip the place nobody understands the length or the vacation spot. Divided into the 3 elements of being a melanoma patient—the prognosis, preliminary therapy, and directly to survivorship—the booklet can help the newly clinically determined melanoma sufferer navigate a fancy wellbeing and fitness care procedure, make astute judgements at tricky junctures, and deal with the emotional turbulence that may rock his or her international. finally, it stocks the tale of the way the writer and his spouse, in addition to different melanoma sufferers, have faced their affliction.

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32 • Prognosis for Lung Cancer: “The 1- and 5-year relative survival rates for lung cancer cases diagnosed during 2003–2009 were 43% and 17%, respectively. Only 15% of lung cancers are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 54%. ” 33 • Prognosis for Prostate Cancer: “The majority (93%) of prostate cancers are discovered in the local or regional stages, for which the 5-year relative survival rate approaches 100%. Over the past 25 years, the 5-year relative survival rate for all stages combined has increased from 68% to almost 100%.

The Various Cancer Specialists Who Are Available in Your Community: The depth and breadth of cancer specialists varies dramatically across communities and health care institutions. If you live in a rural area or a small to midsized community, you may have to travel to receive disease-specific expertise. Your doctor will consider whether your functional status imposes any limita- 34 CHA P TER 3 tions on travel. If not, he or she will help you weigh the potential trade-offs of leaving town for care.

About a year later, I was attending a presentation on genetics by Dr. G. He said that any woman under the age of fifty diagnosed with breast cancer should be tested for a genetic mutation. He said that insurance companies were now paying for the test. So at my next appointment with Dr. , I said, “I have a different insurance plan now. ” We did, and it was covered. I found out that I carried the BRCA2 gene, which is the rarer of the two BRCA genes. It increases the risk of ovarian cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma.

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