You have cancer' - three small words that have the power to change your life. They could render you, the patient, feeling like you no longer have control over your own body and circumstance. But you can regain charge of your life through understanding the illness and how it will affect you. So It's Cancer: Now What? is your guide to that next step: what to do when you are diagnosed with cancer. With her trademark wisdom and warmth, medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava demystifies the labyrinthine world of the illness. What is cancer and how is it treated? Why can't I have an operation? What should I eat and how do I manage pain? She equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the daunting issues, such as finding the right oncologist, and to ask the bigger questions, such as how to break it to the kids.
Dr. Ranjana Srivastava is a medical oncologist, Fulbright scholar, award-winning author and a columnist for The Guardian. After an upbringing in Bihar, India, and the United States, she graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, with first-class honors. Ranjana is the winner of the Monash University Distinguished Alumni award and practices in the Australian public hospital system. Ranjana has written widely on the subject of medicine and humanity and ethics. She publishes frequently in the New England Journal of Medicine and her work has also appeared in The Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Time, The Week, The Age and several other publications including Australia's Best Science Writing. She has won the Cancer Council Victoria award for outstanding writing as well as the Gus Nossal Prize for Global Health writing. Her first book, Tell Me the Truth: Conversations with My Patients about Life and Death, was shortlisted for a major literary award. Her second book, Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown Between Doctors and Patients, won the Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Prize. Ranjana's interest in explaining and demystifying medicine to the general public has led to a regular presence on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network. Her roles as a medical volunteer have included working with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and in the post-tsunami Maldives. Ranjana lives in Melbourne with her family.
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