At age 36, Julie Silver was enjoying an exciting career as a physician at the Harvard Medical School and a rewarding personal life as a mother, wife, and award-winning writer. But she had the sense that something was wrong. Two years and multiple doctors later, she was diagnosed with the breast cancer she had suspected all along and was catapulted into the role of cancer pAt age 36, Julie Silver was enjoying an exciting career as a physician at the Harvard Medical School and a rewarding personal life as a mother, wife, and award-winning writer. But she had the sense that something was wrong. Two years and multiple doctors later, she was diagnosed with the breast cancer she had suspected all along and was catapulted into the role of cancer patient.Like many cancer patients who experience serious side effects from treatment, Dr. Silver emerged from therapy feeling not better, but exhausted and physically devastated. As she worked to heal herself, she became determined to write a book to help others recover after cancer treatment.Here Dr. Silver shares her own cancer journey and offers a step-by-step plan for physical healing, including exercise and diet recommendations and instructions for fighting fatigue, monitoring mood, and overcoming setbacks. Dr. Silver's advice comes from the heart—and from her experience as both a cancer survivor and a doctor who has spent her career helping people heal from serious illnesses and injuries. No matter where they are in their own journey with cancer, readers will find After Cancer Treatment a personal, practical, and powerful guide to recovery....
|Title||:||After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger|
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After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger Reviews
I borrowed this book from the library at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. The author is a doctor who herself had cancer.As she notes, "The end of treatment is often a time of confusion and even despair for cancer survivors" (p. 225), even while family and friends are celebrating the "victory." I am almost done with my treatment, and I find my anxiety which has been surprisingly little is edging up. I want to have a plan in place for end of treatment. The author suggests initially concentrating on diet, exercise, and sleep (p. 240). She devotes a chapter (#7) to the benefits of exercise, and how it likely improves long-term survival and decreases the chances of recurrence. Twice a week I attend an exercise class for cancer patients offered by the University of Waterloo, and I have already seen improvements in my strength, stamina, and balance. After reading Silver's After Cancer Treatment, I'm going to add additional sessions at home so that I am exercising five days a week.I also like the author's reassurance (with examples!) that pessimism doesn't necessarily doom one. A well-meaning friend told me about a book with a title something like "You Can't Afford the Luxury of Negative Thinking," and I thought, What, now that I have cancer I can't afford the luxury of being human. (My friend's right, such a book exists. I just looked it up: You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought. I'll pass on that one!) Julie Silver debunks that idea. She brings up the case of the wife of one of her colleagues, whotold me that after she was diagnosed [with breast cancer] she was convinced she was going to die. This feeling lasted for several years. But over time these thoughts abated, and now, more than a decade after her initial diagnosis, she believes that her cancer won't come back. A patient of mine, a man in his fifties, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer . . . that usually has a poor prognosis. He was told by his doctors to be sure that his estate was in order. . . . Yet, despite his odds and his preparations to die, he lived. p. 162The author herself believed her prognosis was poor because of a two-year delay in her diagnosis. She adds, "The reason I share these stores is to show that pessimism, though perhaps not ideal, is not directly linked with disease progression, recurrence, or survival."Tired--will have to finish this review later.
What a helpful book!Such a useful, clear, positive, sensible book. I really haven't read anything better or more encouraging on this topic. The author truly knows what she's talking about both professionally and personally. It's one of those books that you feel grateful to the author for writing.
Should have said for people recovering from breast cancer, had very little information for any other types, such as leukemia.Basically said, make goals, write them down, make lists - and I already do that.
Solid,straightforward advice in one place. The book validates a lot of what I was feeling after treatment and provided some helpful strategies and tips for healing. It wasn't revolutionary but was practical and sound.
Written by a doctor and cancer survivor, the best info I've seen in one place on nutrition, exercises, sleep--all forms of healing.