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Starting October 31, 2012, you can buy Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor from bookstores, Internet retailers, or directly from Oxford University Press at bit.ly/QUeo8S or the AAN Store at bit.ly/OXhwOu
Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor provides specific information on the various treatment options, whether through surgery, radiation, or medication.
Ultimately, Dr. Taylor explains, Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor was written to offer patients and their caregivers hope, adding that MRI scans and MRI spectroscopies as diagnostic tools continue to improve, and radiation therapies offer new and improved forms of brain tumor surgery.
Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor: A Sneak Peek
“A Look Inside Your Brain” provides a wealth of specific information on the brain’s structure, including its hemispheres, lobes, and 12 pairs of cranial nerves, to provide patients with the background they need to better understand their condition.
“Diagnosis” details the specifics of getting a brain tumor diagnosis, whether via MRI, CT scan, angiogram, or biopsy, and explains exactly what patients will undergo during those procedures. For example, CT scans “typically last 10 minutes while you lie on a moveable table that glides smoothly into the center of a doughnut-shaped machine,” while for MRIs, the patient should “expect to lie within the MRI cylinder for about 20 minutes to an hour.” The chapter also addresses the importance of patients being their own best advocates by assembling the team they want, keeping copies of their file, and getting second opinions when desired.
“Understanding Radiation Therapy” focuses on specific issues patients might face in undergoing radiation therapy, whether relating to where they should get it done (location is important because of the daily drive it will entail), a smell they may experience during the treatment, or other side effects of it.
“Lifestyle Management” focuses on alternative treatments and therapies that may benefit the brain tumor patient. These include breathing, exercise, nutrition, and sleep advice, as well as specific herbal and dietary supplements that may improve a patient’s life and health. For example, the authors discuss the evidence for or against turmeric, a root in the ginger family, and resveratrol, a pigment found in the skins of red grapes. Chapter 4 also provides information on specific legislation or programs that might help people with brain tumors, including the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the American Cancer Society’s program to help defray hotel costs for those who travel daily for radiation treatments.
“Symptom Management and Palliative Care” addresses specific symptoms brain tumor patients may face, the importance of sexuality and spirituality in coping with cancer, and hospice care for those patients who need it.
“Care of the Caregiver” focuses on taking care of those people who help take care of brain tumor patients.
“Planning for Your Future” focuses on nonmedical issues brain tumor patients need to deal with, including financial issues, legal issues, health care directives, and the importance of compiling an emergency notebook. Written entirely by two lawyers, this chapter relates to more than just brain tumor patients and may be included in all future Neurology Now Books.
“Benign Tumors” provides specific information on these less threatening tumors, including meningiomas and pituitary adenomas.
“Primary Tumors” focuses on these dangerous tumors that begin in the brain. It addresses the three most important things in battling primary tumors—a patient’s age, the specific type of tumor, and how it responds to treatment—as well as specific treatment options that currently exist and may exist in the future.
“Metastatic Brain Tumors” gives information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for patients developing secondary brain tumors.
The Appendix includes a guide to drugs prescribed for brain tumors, and the glossary offers definitions of key terms.
©2012 American Academy of Neurology
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