Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor: New Book by American Academy of Neurology Helps Patients and Families

Released: 11/15/2012 10:00 AM EST
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Newswise — (New York) - It is estimated that every 30 minutes, someone is diagnosed with brain cancer. Published in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology as part of the Neurology Now Books™ series, NAVIGATING LIFE WITH A BRAIN TUMOR provides readily accessible information and encouragement for the thousands of people living with primary and metastatic brain tumors. The book is now available on Amazon and at other major book retailers.

Professors and neuro-oncology experts, Lynne P. Taylor, MD, and Alyx B. Porter, MD, both Fellows of the American Academy of Neurology, have worked with professional writer, Diane Richard, in order to produce this informative book. NAVIGATING LIFE WITH A BRAIN TUMOR discusses the basics of brain tumors, the various types of tumors, how to manage different tumors, related symptoms, treatments and side effects, the role of medical team members and coping strategies from initial diagnosis throughout the course of the illness.

In addition to covering the most recent medical treatments, the book also includes information for patients on the following topics:
• How to get the help one needs and maximize patient information
• How to reduce stress by eating well, meditation, movement and joining support groups
• How to deal with cosmetic issues
• How to use creativity and art as therapy
• How to engage in daily activities such as working and driving
Taylor, Umphrey and Richard provide practical suggestions to which both patients and family members can refer. The book proves an authoritative, yet compassionate guide to addressing issues such as symptom management and lifestyle modification. Included is advice from patients themselves, as well as friends and family members who have experienced this diagnosis. Consequently, readers gain a realistic understanding of living with brain tumor and learn to balance the uncertainties of prognosis with hope.
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About the Authors:
Lynne P. Taylor, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, is Associate Professor, Neuro-Oncology and Director of Palliative Care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Alyx B. Porter Umphrey, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, is Assistant Professor of Neurology, at Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, AZ. Diane Richard is a Minneapolis-based reporter, radio producer and writer.

About the American Academy of Neurology
The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 25,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, Parkinson disease and epilepsy. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit http://www.aan.com.

NAVIGATING LIFE WITH A BRAIN TUMOR
By Lynne P. Taylor and Alyx B. Porter Umphrey with Diane Richard
Will be published in paperback by Oxford and the American Academy of Neurology on November 15, 2012
(224 pages | $19.95| Paperback | ISBN: 9780199897797).


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