A personal account of a doctor's struggle to survive cancer and its aftermath

2008-07-23 00:00

This book is the first-person account of a doctor’s struggle with two lethal cancers. As a medical practitioner, Ivan Cohen was very aware that any delay in obtaining appropriate treatment could be fatal. Choosing not to be a victim, he did everything possible to increase his chances of survival, enlisting the aid of the finest specialists in South Africa and abroad, keeping himself fully up to date with scientific literature on the subject and taking charge of those aspects of his life that he could control. The deep depressions following diagnosis and major surgery took him by surprise, affecting not only him and the progress of his healing, but also his family relationships, which were extraordinarily close.

Not really a cover-to-cover read, this, but a book to dip into as needed, with a useful bibliography and index and a valuable chapter at the end on self-help, with special emphasis on dietary measures to help in cancer prevention.

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