100 Questions and Answers About Prostate Cancer by Pamela Ellsworth, M.D

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

Introduction

Part 1: The Basics

What is the prostate gland and what does it do?

Do women have a prostate gland and PSA?

What are the signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate (either cancer-related or benign?)

Part 2: Prostate Cance

Prostate Cancer

How Common is Prostate Cancer?

What are the risk factors for prostate cancer, and who is at risk? Is there anything that decreases the risk of developing prostate cancer?

Part 3: Evaluation for Prostate Cancer

How do you detect prostate cancer?

What is a prostate cancer screening?

Will my insurance cover prostate cancer screening and treatment?

Part 4:Prostate Cancer staging

How does one know if the prostate cancer is confined to the prostate?

How and why does one stage prostate cancer?

What is a bone scan?

Part 5: Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Why do I need a team of doctors to treat me? Who are they?

What options do I have for treatment of my prostate cancer?

What are Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) and Metastatic Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer (m-CRPC), and how are they treated?

Part 6: Complications of Treatment

Are there any predictors of recurrent prostate cancer after “curative” therapy?

What happens if the PSA is rising after radiation therapy or radical prostatectomy?

My doctor has recommended that I  be involved in a clinical trial. What is a clinical trial?

100 Questions and Answers about Myeloma by Asad Bashey M.D, Rafat Abonour, M.D, & James W. Huston

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

Part 1: The Basics

1.  What is myeloma?

2. What is monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)?

3. What is solitary plasmacytoma?

Part 2: Diagnosis and Staging

1.  How is myeloma diagnosed?

2. What is Serum Protein Electrophoresis (SPEP)?

3. What is Serum Protein Immunofixation (SIP)?

Part 3: Treatment Options

1.  Should all cases of myeloma receive treatment?

2. What options are available for the treatment of myeloma?

3. What is the usual sequence of treatments of myeloma?

Part 4: Side Effects and Complications of Treatment

1.  What are the main side effects of chemotherapy?

2. What precautions are necessary if my White Blood Cell (WBC) count is low because of chemotherapy?

3. My platelet count is low because of chemotherapy. What does that mean?

Part 5: Stem Cell Transplantation

1.  What is a stem cell, and how can it help in treatment of my myeloma?

2. Why are autologous stem cell transplants performed for myeloma?

3. What is the difference between a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant?

Part 6: If Treatment Fails

1.  How do I decide if active treatment is no longer worthwhile?

2. What is comfort care?

3. If I stop active anticancer therapy, what other options are available?

Part 7: Advocacy and Support

1.  Does myeloma run in families? Are my relatives at risk?

2. Should I receive immunoglobulin therapy?

3. Should I receive a flu shot?

Appendix: Myeloma information and resources

Glossary

Index

 

100 Questions and Answers about Ovarian Cancer by Don S. Dizon, M.D & Dorinda Sparacio

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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.

Introduction

Preface

Part 1: The Basics

Where are my ovaries? What do they do?

What does it mean to have cancer?

What is a cyst? Is it related to ovarian cancer? How do a complex ovarian cyst and a simple cyst differ?

Part 2: Risk factors, diagnosis and staging of ovarian cancer

What does it mean to have ovarian cancer?

What are the risk factors for ovarian cancer?

Is hormone replacement therapy associated with ovarian cancer?

Part 3: Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

How do I decide where to be treated?

Who’s involved in my treatment?

Who should do my surgery?

Part 4: Coping with treatment-related side effects

Should I take special precautions while on chemotherapy?

What kind of diet should I follow while on treatment? What about after treatment?

Will I be able to tolerate treatment if I am older?

Part 5: Symptom Management

How does ovarian cancer cause abdominal pain?

What can I do for constipation?

How do I manage pain?

Part 6: Relapse

How can my ovarian cancer come back if my ovaries have been removed?

What happens if the cancer comes back?

How do you make a diagnosis of recurrence?

Part 7: If treatment fails

How do I know when it’s time to stop treatment?

What is a PEG tube? Do I need one?

Does intravenous feeding play a role?

Part 8: Prevention, Screening and Advocacy

Can I protect myself from getting ovarian cancer?

Can I get ovarian cancer if I’ve had my ovaries removed?

Will fertility drugs increase my risk of ovarian cancer?

Additional resources

Glossary

Index

 

 

100 Questions and Answers About Lung Cancer by Joan H. Schiller, M.D & Amy Cipau, MBA

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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: The Basics

What is Cancer?

What should I know about Cancer cells?

How do normal lungs function?

Part 2: Diagnosis and Staging

What are the most common symptoms of lung cancer?

How is lung cancer diagnosed?

What is staging and why is it important?

Part 3: I’ve Just Been Diagnosed with Lung Cancer-Now What?

Who treats lung cancer? What is multidisciplinary care?

Should I get a second opinion?

How can I relate best to my doctor? What can I do to make my medical visits productive as possible?

Part 4: Coping With Your Diagnosis

What is your prognosis? Can I survive lung cancer?

How do I manage my emotions? Should I seek professional counseling? What types of psychosocial support are available to me?

How do I regain control of my life after a lung cancer diagnosis? How do I get past the emotional impact and move forward?

Part 5: What Types of Treatment are Available for Lung Cancer?

What are the goals of treatment?

What are the different types of surgeries used for treating lung cancer? How are they performed?

What does the surgeon mean when he/she says “I got it all?” Does this mean I am cured?

Part 6: How Will My Doctor Decide Which Treatment is Best for Me?

What is the standard treatment for NSCLC?

What is personalized medicine?

What are the standard treatment options for my stage of SCLC?

Part 7: Side Effects of Chemotherapy

What are the common side effects of chemotherapy?

What are blood counts, and what should I know about them?

Why am I always exhausted? What can I do for fatigue? Will the fatigue go away after my treatment is over?

Part 8: Coping With Side Effects of Lung Cancer

Can my shortness of breath be controlled?

What can I do to relieve my pain?

Am I at risk of a blood clot? What is a pulmonary embolism?

Part 9: Living with Lung Cancer

How should I change my diet following a diagnosis of lung cancer? Should I take dietary supplements? Can my diet affect my survival from lung cancer?

If I smoke, is there any reason to quit? How can I quit while dealing with the stress of lung cancer?

Should I be exercising?

Part 10: If Treatment Fails

How do I decide if it’s time to stop treatment?

What is hospice?

What can I do to prepare for my death?

Part 11: Prevention, Screening and Advocacy

Can lung cancer be prevented? What is chemoprevention?

Does lung cancer run in families? Is my family at increased risk for lung cancer because I have lung cancer?

Why has there been so little progress in fighting lung cancer? What can I do to help?

Appendices: Where can I find more information?

Glossary

Index

 

 

 

 

100 Questions and Answers about Myelodysplastic Syndromes by Jason Gotlib, M.D & Lenn Fechter, R.N

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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.

Introduction

Part 1: The Basics

What are Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)?

How common is MDS?

What causes MDS?

Part 2: Diagnosis, Classification, and Prognosis

Is MDS one disease or a syndrome of similarly related diseases?

How is MDS diagnosed?

What is involved in a bone marrow biopsy? What information does the biopsy provide?

Part 3: Symptoms and Treatment Options

How is response evaluated in MDS?

What are the most common presenting symptoms in MDS?

What factors are weighed when evaluating specific treatment options for MDS?

Part 4: Treatment, Supportive Care, and Side Effects

What are the differences between treatment and supportive care? What are the components of each option?

When do I need a red blood cell transfusion?

What does it mean if I develop antibodies to red blood cells or platelet transfusions?

Part 5: Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplantation

What is stem cell transplantation?

What are the different types of stem cell transplantation?

What factors are considered when evaluating a patient for bone marrow or stem cell transplantation?

Part 6: Clinical Trials and Experimental Treatments

What other medications have been evaluated in MDS?

What is an investigational drug?

Am I a candidate for a clinical trial?

Part 7: Managing Your Health

How do I choose a hematologist?

Should I get a second opinion?

What precautions are necessary with a diagnosis of MDS?

Additional resources

Glossary

Index

100 Questions and Answers about Leukemia by Edward D. Ball, M.D & Alex Kagan

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

Introduction

Part 1: The Basics

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?

Part 2: Facts about Leukemia: Risks, Diagnosis and Effects

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?

Part 3: Treatment

How is leukemia treated?

What is chemotherapy?

How does my doctor decide what chemotherapy to give me?

What is gene therapy?

What is antisense therapy?

What is a monoclonal antibody?

What is immunotherapy?

Part 4: Blood and Stem Cell Transplantation

What is a stem cell?

What is stem cell transplantation?

Who should have a stem cell transplant?

What is the difference between autologous and allogenic transplants?

How is it determined which type of transplant is appropriate for my care?

How long after diagnosis should a transplant take place?

Part 5: Side Effects and Complications of 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?

Part 6: Treatment Facilities and Healthcare Providers

How do I know my doctor is providing the right treatment?

Is there a difference between an attending doctor and a fellow?

Do all hospitals perform all treatments?

Do caregivers get any training?

Can and should family members be caregivers?

Part 7: Living with leukemia

How does someone know 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 leukemia coming back?

Glossary

Appendix

Index

100 Questions and Answers About Lymphoma Peter Holman, M.D, Gregory Bociek, M.D, & Jodi Garrett, R.N

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Below are the list of topics discussed in this book. The book is available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the University of Kentucky.

Introduction

Part 1: The Basics: Understanding the Immune and Circulatory Systems

What is the Immune System?

How do the components of the Immune System function?

What is bone marrow?

Part 2:Diagnosis and Classification of Lymphoma

What is Lymphoma?

What is the difference between Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

What are the symptoms of Lymphoma?

Part 3: Staging and Treatment of Lymphoma

What happens after I’m told that I have lymphoma?

Should I get a second opinion?

Apart from the biopsy, what other information is needed?

Part 4: Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy

What is Chemotherapy

What Chemotherapy drugs are used to treat lymphoma?

How is Chemotherapy given?

Part 5: Other therapies

What is immunotherapy?

What are monoclonal antibodies?

How are monoclonal antibodies administered?

Part 6: Coping with Lymphoma

Can I continue to work?

Should I join a support group?

If I am dying, how do I cope?

Appendix: websites and resources for families and patients coping with lymphoma

Glossary

Index

 

100 Questions and Answers about Kidney Cancer by Steven C. Campbell, Ph.D, Brian I Rini, M.D, Robert G. Uzzo, M.D, Brian R. Lane, M.D, & Stephanie Chisolm, Ph.D

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Below is a list of basic information about kidney cancer and the topics covered in this book, available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center.

Introduction

Part 1: The Basics

What is kidney cancer?

Where are the kidneys located in the body?

What do the kidneys normally do?

Part 2: Causes and Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer

How common is kidney cancer?

Are there different types of kidney cancer?

What causes kidney cancer?

Part 3: Presentation and Evaluation

What are the typical signs and symptoms of kidney cancer?

What is hematuria?

What kind of doctor should I be seeing?

Part 4: Staging of Renal Cell Carcinoma

How is kidney cancer staged?

What does tumor grade mean?

What is tumor thrombus?

Part 5: Treatment: Localized Disease

How is kidney cancer treated?

What are the treatment options for localized (stage I-II) tumors

What is the prognosis for patients with localized kidney tumors?

Part 6: Treatment: Locally advanced disease

What is the treatment for locally advanced (stage III) kidney cancer?

How is the tumor thrombus removed?

What if the tumor thrombus goes into the heart?

Part 7:Treatment: Metastatic Disease

What are the treatment options for metastatic  kidney cancer (stage IV)?

What is the prognosis for patients with metastatic kidney cancer?

Should I have debulking nephrectomy?

Part 8: Immunotherapy

What is Immunotherapy?

What is immunogenicity? How do we know if kidney cancer is immunogenic?

What are checkpoint control inhibitors?

Part 9: Targeted Molecular Therapy

What is targeted molecular therapy?

How does Avastin work?

How do Nexavar, Sutent, Votrient, and Inlyta work?

How do MTOR inhibitors work?

Part 10: Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

What is informed consent?

How do I know that someone is making sure that the clinical trials are being conducted in a safe and ethical manner?