Charlotte Libov: Cancer Survival Guide

Cover: Cancer Survival Guide: How To Conquer It and Live a Good Life by Charlotte Libov

CANCER SURVIVAL GUIDE:
HOW TO CONQUER IT AND LIVE A GOOD LIFE

Charlotte Libov
Humanix Books, February 2, 2016, $19.95
ISBN-10: 1630060143
ISBN-13: 9781630060145
ISBN E-book: 9781630060152

Libov reports:

My intention in writing the Cancer Survival Guide was to provide effective tools for patients newly diagnosed with cancer to use not only during treatment but afterward as well.

The book covers the following cancers: breast, lung, colon, prostate, brain, bladder, leukemia, melanoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ovarian, soft tissue sarcoma, and testicular cancer. I also explain cancer basics, tests, and current therapies. Additionally, I provide chapters on alternative therapies, the psychological aspects of cancer, and information for cancer survivors.

Charlotte Libov

The book grew out of my work as a staff health writer for Newsmax Health. The company asked me to write a book on cancer for an ongoing series.

While I write about cancer, I also have written extensively on heart disease. As I was writing this book, I started thinking about the differences between how our medical system treats heart disease and cancer.

Cancer is poised to overtake heart disease as the nation’s number one killer by 2030, largely due to the decline in heart disease mortality. We do a much better job treating heart disease than cancer. National cardiac treatment guidelines are clear-cut. If people have a heart attack, they will receive a generally good quality of care.

This is not true of cancer. There are many different types of cancer, and how well they are understood varies. Also, cancer treatment is undergoing a seismic shift; while some oncologists stay up to date, others don’t. This presents a treacherous landscape for the new patient, who must make life-or-death decisions, right from the start. I wanted to write a book that would level the playing field, and give patients the tools to get the best care.

I should have been tougher in negotiating my manuscript deadline. I was asked to provide a manuscript on a relatively short deadline. Then the book’s publication was postponed. Although the publisher afforded me time to update the manuscript prior to publication, I would have welcomed a longer deadline from the start.

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February 3, 2016

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