No one is prepared to receive a diagnosis of cancer. It is a moment when time stands still, a moment laden with anxiety and uncertainty. A new journey is beginning, and it is one for which we are often ill prepared.
There will be critical junctures along your journey--times when you need to make decisions regarding your treatment. These decisions can have a dramatic impact on your final destination, as well as on taxing your trek will be.
John Leifer has co-written the ultimate guidebook for cancer patients and their caregivers, After You Hear It's Cancer, with his wife Dr. Lori Lindstrom Leifer. In their book the Leifers integrate cutting-edge research with the perspectives of numerous patients, including Lori who is a breast cancer survivor. The topics range from the selection of your cancer care team to critical decisions at the end of treatment.
John Leifer is with us today to talk about his book After You Hear It's Cancer, and provide an empathic but practical view of how to move forward when you are paralyzed with fear.
For more than 30 years, John Leifer has been an outspoken advocate for patients' rights. He's been published widely on the need for patients to receive appropriate, safe and effective care. He is a frequently cited expert on health policy issues by numerous national publications.
Lori Lindstrom Leifer, MD is both a cancer doctor and cancer patient. As a radiation oncologist she has provided care to patients for the past 25 years. As a faculty member with a National Cancer Institute-designed Cancer Center, Lori sees a broad array of cases. Prior to her academic affiliation, Lori spent many years serving in a mission driven practice.
To learn more about John and Dr. Lori Leifer, please visit www.afteryouhearitscancer.com