Below is a list of topics covered in this book, available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the University of Kentucky.

Part 1: Exposing Cancer

  1. First Steps: When First Diagnosed, What should I ask?
  2. What is Cancer?
    1. The Three Essential Properties of Cancer
    2. Understanding How Cancer Spreads
  3. Diagnosis, Staging, Curability
    1. Making a Diagnosis of Cancer
    2. Determining the extent or stage of cancer
    3. Estimating curability
  4. Understanding Specific Cancers
    1. Carcinomas
    2. Blood and Lymph Cancers
    3. Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
    4. Sarcomas
    5. Brain Tumors
  5. Why Cancer Develops
    1. Cancer and the Blueprint for Life
    2. Family Cancers
    3. Cancer and the Environment
    4. Why do some people get cancer?

Part II: Attacking Cancer

6. How Cancer Grows: The Basis of Cancer Treatment

  1. Cancer Develops over Decades
  2. Cancer Grows by Organized Chaos
  3. Cancer Can Grow Unpredictibly
  4. Cancer is Survival of the Fittest
  5. The Devil is in the Details

7. Cancer Treatments Revolve Around Metastasis

  1. After Surgery: “Why do I need Chemo if I’m Cancer Free?”
  2. Eye on the prize: Complete Cancer Eradication
  3. When Surgery is not the first step
  4. Metastatic diseases: Cancer vs. control
  5. How a treatment strategy is chosen
  6. Cancer in the older individual
  7. The Role of Surgery in Metastatic Cancer
  8. The Role of Radiation Therapy in Metastatic Cancer

8. Cancer Treatments at Work

  1. A New Era of Hope
  2. Targeting the Lifelines of Cancer
  3. Chemotherapy
  4. Targeted Therapies
  5. Hormone Therapies
  6. Radiation Therapy
  7. Why do Cancer Treatments Sometimes Fail

9. Personalized Cancer Medicine: Tailoring Treatment to the Patient

  1. Focus on Prostate Cancer: Targeting Testosterone
  2. Targeted Approaches in Other Cancers
  3. Genetic Profiling of Cancer

10. Harnessing the Immune System

  1. Releasing the Brakes on the Immune System
  2. Cancer, Stress and the Mind-Body Connection
  3. Alternative Cancer Therapies
  4. In Search of Evidence

11. Get Prepared to Survive

  1. Live for Today
  2. Physical Challenges of Survivors
  3. Psychological Challenges of Survivors
  4. Survival is Spelled LMNOP
  5. Final Thoughts

Appendix 1: Types of Medicine

Appendix 2: For More Information














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