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The Activist Cancer Patient

How to Take Charge of Your Treatment


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The Activist Cancer Patient by Beverly Zakarian
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Improve the odds of surviving cancer One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer during his or her lifetime. After diagnosis patients usually place their treatment completely in the hands of their doctor. Cancer survivor Beverly Zakarian asserts that cancer patients can greatly increase their survival chances by taking an active role in their treatment. It's amazing how many new treatment options exist but are hard to find, depriving many cancer suffers of the life-saving care they so desperately need. this book educates cancer patients on locating sources of legitimate cancer treatments that run the gamut from little-known ones to the very latest experimental therapies or drug trials. * Demonstrations of activist techniques from case studies, personal stories, and the author's own experiences? * Explanations of how to search out relevant medical journals, access databases, and enlist the help of physicians and support groups * Guidance on finding both state-of-the-art and experimental treatments BEVERLY ZAKARIAN (Brooklyn, New York) is Executive Director of CAN-ACT (Cancer Patients Action Alliance), a non-profit, patient-based advocacy organization. As CAN-ACT's spokesperson, she has been widely quoted in the media and often participates in panel discussions, symposia, and broadcasts. She was featured in a Public Television documentary on ovarian cancer, has testified before Congress, and has addressed both the FDA and the National Cancer Institute.

Author Biography

BEVERLY ZAKARIAN is Executive Director and a cofounder of CAN ACT (Cancer Patients Action Alliance), the first activist cancer-patient organization and the first to identify the critical role of the FDA in the survival of people with the disease. As the spokesperson for CAN ACT, Ms. Zakarian has represented patient views before Congress, the President's Cancer Panel, and the FDA, and has written numerous articles about treatment issues. Ms. Zakarian lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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April 29th, 1996
Country of Publication
United States
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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