KANSAS CITY – With two
high profile announcements this week, cancer is making national
headlines and Americans are looking for answers. Where do you turn
when you've been diagnosed with cancer?
A new cancer resource guide answers that question and helps millions
of Americans successfully manage their health.
The April first debut of Patient Resource: A Cancer Treatment and
Facilities Guide for Patients and Their Families will make gathering
that much needed information and developing survival strategies more
streamlined when diagnosed with cancer. The guide will be available
in physician"s offices around the country, and is free of charge.
"Many people can live for years with the diagnosis of incurable
cancer," says Dr. Charles Balch, Medical Editor of Patient Resource.
"But they need to continue searching for the latest treatments and
newest updates to be effective in their treatment. Patient Resource
is an important resource for this undertaking."
Determining a plan of action to fight the disease can be a daunting
task -- whether it's a first-time diagnosis or a recurrence of the
disease. Patient Resource provides a wealth of information to help
cancer patients and their families make informed decisions and take
control of their well being.
"Patient advocacy is a big movement in this country," says Balch.
"Patients are advocating on behalf of themselves and for their
Balch says Baby Boomers, in particular, are proactive and will
insist on being educated about their disease and treatment options.
Patient Resource will be critical to this new mindset.
"Cancer is a life-threatening disease which requires a completely
different approach than a chronic illness," says Linette Atwood,
founder and publisher of Patient Resource and a breast cancer
survivor. "The treatment you choose in the beginning can determine
your success for long-term survival."
Atwood knows the life-saving potential of such a guide. She is
especially passionate about urging newly diagnosed cancer patients
to choose their initial treatment carefully – and not to blindly
follow the first medical advice they receive. Atwood draws from
personal experience with her husband, who she believes was not
well-informed from the start.
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Considered by many as
the only patient-friendly comprehensive cancer information guide
available, Patient Resource will provide patients and their families
with the most vital aspects of cancer treatment, including:
The importance of choosing the
correct initial treatment
How to find the best treatment
facilities in the United States
How to locate the top specialists
for individual types of cancer
The importance of getting a second
and even a third opinion
How to locate and participate in
clinical drug trials
How to manage financial issues,
including the insurance maze
Inspiring cancer survivor stories
that offer insight, encouragement and hope
With over 1,400 cancer
treatment facilities in the United States, Patient Resource lists
them with contact information for each, including phone numbers,
city, state and Web sites. This cross- reference allows patients and
their families to focus their search specific to their own cancer
type and region, thus saving valuable time. The guide will also
explain the differences between National Cancer Institute (NCI) and
American College of Surgeons (ACS) designated cancer centers.
Atwood sees her new publication as her true calling.
"No one wants to hear the words, ‘You"ve got cancer,'" she states
emphatically. "But I survived it and learned a great deal in the
process. Combining my own cancer journey with my career in
publishing allows me to share that information with millions of
The 2007 edition may also be ordered at
and at www.Amazon.com.
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