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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Table of Contents
1 The Gathering Clouds 1
2 What Is Pancreatic Cancer and What Are Its Symptoms? 10
3 The Fight Begins 20
4 The Initial Treatment 39
5 The Prospect of Death 51
6 Balancing Hope and Truth 66
7 Family and Friends 75
8 Managing the Symptoms of Advanced Cancer 95
9 A New Approach to Living 115
10 Next Steps 127
11 What We've Learned from Our Experience 137
12 Postscript 147
Appendix: Supplemental Information 149
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