Living with a Brain Tumor: Dr Peter Black’s Guide to Taking Control of Your Treatment, by Peter Black, MD, PhD, FACS; Holt Paperbacks – Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2006
Each year, 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. With his new book, Dr. Peter Black fills a gap in the lay readership, providing an accessible medical resource for adult patients and their families. Dr. Black, who has operated on more than 3,000 patients with brain tumors, is uniquely qualified to discuss both clinical treatment of and research into brain tumors.
This invaluable resource tells patients everything they need to know to understand and address their diagnosis, in a four-part structure:
- “What is a Brain Tumor?” provides straightforward information about how brain tumors are diagnosed, the different types of tumors and how they develop, and where to go for treatment.
- “Coping with Shock” addresses the emotional impact of the diagnosis on the patient and their family, offering specific advice on support groups and how to managing work and finances during your treatment.
- “Treatment options” outlines the complex array of available treatments in a sequential, logical, and thorough manner, enabling readers to make informed decisions.
- “Recovery” describes how to deal with the aftermath, addressing issues ranging from physical scars to speech and occupational therapy.
Dr. Black believes that more than half of brain tumor cases can be resolved with relatively minor side effects or none at all. Equipped with this informative book, patients and their family and friends can learn how to fight brain tumors effectively, putting them on the path to wellness.