Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. The statistics show that one in three people will be affected in their lifetime. Yet diagnosis has implications not just for the patient, but also for the lives of relatives, friends and colleagues. The need for awareness and understanding of this frightening and traumatizing disease has never been greater. In September 2001 the BBC will broadcast - in a six part series - documentary coverage of the treatment of ten cancer patients at Middlesex Hospital. Cancer, amongst its many features, builds on the series by presenting interviews with each of the patients, conducted by Kay Eaton, Lead Cancer Nurse at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust. In non-technical everyday language, Cancer offers viewers a permanent wealth of information, including coverage of less common types of cancer not mentioned in the TV series, in an easy-to-follow format. Questions frequently asked by patients and those close to them are matched with in-depth answers. At-a-glance guides link symptoms to diagnoses, treatments, possible side-effects and after-effects.
There are also suggested questions to ask professionals, an extensive resource guide with addresses, phone numbers and websites of cancer-support agencies, and a detailed glossary of cancer-related medical terms and procedures.show more