’Many people are affected by cancer and it should be considered an informative read for patients who have experienced a cancer diagnosis.’
Title: Connecting with Cancer
Author: R R Hall
Publisher: Melrose Books
Reviewer: Lisa Abbs, registered nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals
What was it like?
Connecting with Cancer is introduced by surgeon R R Hall, and describes his own experience as a doctor when dealing with patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. He goes on to reflect upon the emotional support that patients require when they receive a cancer diagnosis.
It refers to a cancer support group based in the North East of England called Cancer Connections.
As a result of the support group, this book has been developed to include personal stories related to a cancer diagnosis. The anecdotes, conversations and stories are written by both the patients and their friends and family. There are personal accounts describing their own experiences and there is also information describing the ongoing accomplishments of the charity.
What were the highlights?
It is an emotional read and an easy to follow index that allows the reader to prioritise certain topics and individual cancer types. There are many cancers included within the book and this ensures that the book is relevant to many readers.
Strengths and weaknesses:
After reading the introduction, which describes the purpose of the book and how to use it, this allows the reader to pick and choose stories that are of interest to them. It is a personal insight into the implications of a cancer diagnosis and the style of writing makes it an easy read.
It does not contain medical information but that is not the purpose of the book.
Who should read it?
Many people are affected by cancer and it should be considered an informative read for patients who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. Friends and family will also benefit from these real life stories. The variety of stories will ensure that there is a story relevant to everyone, whether it is the cancer type that is familiar, the situation which is discussed or a feeling or quote that is described in a story.
As the book is introduced by surgeon R R Hall and he considers his own limitations when providing emotional support, it would also be of benefit to medical staff to consider their own practice and ensure that they do not overlook the often private emotional implications that patients and their families face after diagnosis.
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