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EMPOWER YOURSELF!Whether you're a newly diagnosed patient, survivor, or a friend, relative or caregiver, 100 Questions & Answers About Leukemia offers support and guidance. Now in its third edition, 100 Questions & Answers About Leukemia continues the successful doctor-patient collaboration, providing authoritative, practical answers to your questions regarding diagnostic testing, treatment options, clinical trials and much more. Written by a leukemia survivor and a prominent physician specializing in treatment of leukemia, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease.
Table of Contents
|The Basics||p. 1|
|Questions 1-5 give the basic background information about blood, the immune system, and other cells involved in leukemia:|
|What is leukemia?|
|What is blood composed of and what blood cells are affected by leukemia?|
|How does leukemia affect my immune system?|
|What is bone marrow?|
|Facts About Leukemia: Risks, Diagnosis, and Effects||p. 9|
|Questions 6-19 describe the different kinds of leukemia that exist: what they are, who gets them, how they affect the body, and how they are diagnosed:|
|Are there different types of leukemia? Why is one called acute and one called chronic?|
|How common is leukemia?|
|What is myelodysplastic syndrome? Is it related to leukemia?|
|What is a blast?|
|How does someone know he or she has leukemia?|
|What is neutropenia?|
|Questions 20-31 describe the different methods of treating each form of leukemia:|
|How is leukemia treated?|
|What is chemotherapy?|
|How does my doctor decide which chemotherapy to give me?|
|What is gene therapy?|
|What is antisense therapy?|
|What is a monoclonal antibody?|
|What is immunotherapy?|
|Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation||p. 47|
|Questions 32-49 describe the process of transplantation used to cure some forms of leukemia:|
|What is a stem cell?|
|What is stem cell transplantation?|
|Who should have a stem cell transplant?|
|What is the difference between autologous and allogeneic transplants?|
|How is it determined which type of transplant is appropriate for my care?|
|How long after diagnosis should a transplant take place?|
|Side Effects and Complications of Treatment||p. 59|
|Questions 50-68 describe some of the side effects and complications of leukemia treatment:|
|Will I need blood transfusions?|
|Are blood transfusions safe?|
|What side effects might a patient experience with chemotherapy?|
|What types of infections do I need to be concerned about?|
|Treatment Facilities and Healthcare Providers||p. 73|
|Questions 69-87 describe some of the considerations in deciding upon where to get treatment and who to turn to for care:|
|How do I know my doctor is providing the right treatment?|
|Is there a difference between and attending doctor and a fellow?|
|Do all hospitals perform all treatments?|
|Do caregivers get any training?|
|Can and should family members be caregivers?|
|Living with Leukemia||p. 93|
|Questions 88-100 address some of the day-to-day issues that face leukemia patients and their loved ones:|
|How does someone know whether he or she is cured?|
|Will my child with leukemia grow up normally?|
|Do patients ever get back to normal?|
|What are the patient's physical limitations after a bone marrow transplantation?|
|What is the chance of the leukemia coming back?|
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