The Myeloma Survival Guide

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The Myeloma Survival Guide

Essential Advice for Patients and Their Loved Ones

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The definitive guide to living a longer, fuller life with myeloma

The Myeloma Survival Guide makes sense of the difficult questions myeloma patients face, dealing with every aspect of life after diagnosis, from creating a wellness team to navigating treatment options to building a financial safety net. Jim Tamkin, MD, who lived with myeloma for 11 years, and Dave Visel share the insights they've gained as a doctor, patient, and caregiver, including:

  • Everything you need to know about drugs and treatments, including stem cell transplants
  • How to deal with the pain and side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery
  • Insurance and tax benefits to save money and get you the care you deserve
  • Take-charge tools you can use today to feel better tomorrow


Product Details

  • Publication Date May 28, 2014
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303687

About The Author(s)

James Tamkin MD, FACP, FACE

James Tamkin, MD, FACP, FACE, lived with myeloma for eleven years. He co-founded the TBA (Their Best Advice) Foundation with Dave Visel in 2009 to provide myeloma patients with the resources they need to cope with the disease. He worked as an internist and endocrinologist in Los Angeles until his death in March 2011.

Dave Visel

Dave Visel is co-founder of the TBA Foundation and author of Living with Cancer: A Practical Guide. He is a retired advertising copywriter and marketing executive, and is a caregiver to his wife, Karen, who has lymphoma. They live in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

"Preface: Hang In and Hold On
; Introduction
; Part One: First Steps
; 1. Take Charge: You Don't Get to Just Sit There
; 2. Today's To-Do List: Easy, Important Next Steps
; 3. How to be a Caregiver: Myeloma is a Team Sport
; 4. Meet Other Patients: Get to Know Your New Community
; 5. The Cognoscenti: Yoru Treatment Team
; Part Two: Financial and Workplace Issues
; 6. Health Insurance and Other Benefits: Yoru Financial Safety Net
; 7. Low Hanging Fruti: Financial Help, Free Services, and Discount Drugs
; 8. Myeloma Tax Savings: Minimize Your Tax Burden and Get Some Money Back
; 9. Your Workplace: Myeloma Changes Everything
; 10. Looking Ahead: Estate and Practical Planning
; Part Three: Managing Treatment
; 11. Humuhumunukunukuapuaa: Things to Know about Your Drugs
; 12. How to Deal with Chemo: What to Do and How to Do It
; 13. Rules for Radiation: Huge Machinery Simply Explained
; 14. Notes on Surgery: Surgery Plays Supporting Roles
; 15. Your Stem Cell Transplant: Lots of Patients Do It
; 16. Thoughts on the Human Condition: Sometimes Things Go Wrong
; 17. Is It Too Late for Broccoli? A Discussion of Diet and Herbs
; 18. Pain Management: Coping Tools
; 19. Homecare: Youíll Visit Hospitals but Youíll Live at Home
; 20. When Bad News Gets Worse: Donít Be Surprised
; Epilogue: Donít Believe the Stats

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