An oncologist’s office can be an intimidating place to enter, and the terminology barrier does not make the feeling disappear. In Dr. Laughlin’s new book, “Cancer from A to Z,” barriers begins to break down, and an understanding of cancer is gained.
“Cancer from A to Z” gives an alphabetical list of terms and explanations of these terms that are easily understood. Along with explanations of terms are explanations of diagnosis and treatment of symptoms. The alphabetical listing also includes the generic and trade names of pharmaceuticals, their indications and the common side effects.
An interesting definition:
acanthosis nigricans: A skin condition characterized by flat, dark gray brown, velvety patches most often on the neck, under arms, and anal area, which may precede or occur with a variety of internal malignancies, especially stomach cancer. See also Paraneoplastic Syndrome.
Dr. Laughlin gives the early warning signs of and guidelines to detect early cancer. He includes recommendations for diet, lifestyle, nutrition and physical changes. Detailed information about common adult and childhood cancers is covered, including risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis.
Dr. Laughlin shares detailed contact information for national support services that are free of charge based on the type of cancer and needs of the patient.
About the Author: Edward H. Laughlin, MD, FACS is Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham Regional Medical Campus-Huntsville, and has been engaged in teaching for four decades. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Duke University School of Medicine, he interned at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed the residency in general surgery at the University of Virginia Hospital. He is the author of numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, and memberships include the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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