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Pancreatic Cancer

A Patient and His Doctor Balance Hope and Truth

Michael J. Lippe and Dung T. Le, M.D.

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Michael J. Lippe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. This is his story, and the story of pancreatic cancer, narrated by Lippe and Dr. Dung T. Le, the physician who is treating him.

In telling these stories, Lippe and Le alternate chapters. Lippe writes about the early signs that something was wrong; Le continues with a description of pancreatic cancer, its symptoms, and its treatments. Lippe talks about his prognosis, contemplates the prospect of death, and describes how he began to cope; Le explains the importance, for both doctor and patient, of balancing hope and truth. Lippe...

Michael J. Lippe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. This is his story, and the story of pancreatic cancer, narrated by Lippe and Dr. Dung T. Le, the physician who is treating him.

In telling these stories, Lippe and Le alternate chapters. Lippe writes about the early signs that something was wrong; Le continues with a description of pancreatic cancer, its symptoms, and its treatments. Lippe talks about his prognosis, contemplates the prospect of death, and describes how he began to cope; Le explains the importance, for both doctor and patient, of balancing hope and truth. Lippe speaks frankly about the toll the disease takes on his marriage and family; Le offers a general picture of what most patients can expect with their illness. The book concludes with Lippe and Le’s reflections on their partnership in treating cancer, lessons they have learned, and their thoughts about the positive things that sometimes emerge from illness.

Pancreatic Cancer offers clear explanations of what the disease is, describes what people with the disease will feel physically and mentally, and discusses current treatments and future directions of research. The authors hope that their honest yet hopeful perspective will help all people with cancer and those who care about them.

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An authoritative manual of instructions... This book is highly recommended.

Brief (at just 171 pages) but powerful, this straightforward book is both sobering and inspiring.

No matter how experienced a professional might be in dealing with patients with pancreatic cancer, it is refreshing to hear from the patient's perspective, reading how they navigate through the system before they land in our clinic and receive our care. Overall, I would recommend this book to all health professionals who care for patients with pancreatic cancer (both novice and seasoned), as well as those who are adjusting to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

This book is excellent. It is positive and compassionate... It would make a useful contribution to a library.

This book is a valuable source of intimate details about Pancreatic Disease and related problems... Highly recommended for the practicing instructions and frank discussions of personal and family preparation along with the current treatments that are available.

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Publication Date
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Available
Trim Size
5.5
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8.5
Pages
184
ISBN
9781421400624
Illustration Description
6 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Gathering Clouds
2. What Is Pancreatic Cancer and What Are Its Symptoms?
3. The Fight Begins
4. The Initial Treatment
5. The Prospect of Death
6. Balancing Hope and Truth
7. Family and Friends

Preface
1. The Gathering Clouds
2. What Is Pancreatic Cancer and What Are Its Symptoms?
3. The Fight Begins
4. The Initial Treatment
5. The Prospect of Death
6. Balancing Hope and Truth
7. Family and Friends
8. Managing the Symptoms of Advanced Cancer
9. A New Approach to Living
10. Next Steps
11. What We've Learned from Our Experience
Appendix: Supplemental Information
Notes
Index

Author Bios
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Michael J. Lippe

Michael J. Lippe, now retired, had a career in international development. During more than forty years in government and the private sector, he worked extensively on issues of local government, shelter for the poor, and corruption. He was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2007.
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Dung T. Le, M.D.

Dung T. Le, M.D., is on the medical oncology faculty at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include the care of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies, and her research interests are focused on immunotherapeutic approaches to gastrointestinal malignancies, with a particular emphasis on pancreatic cancer.