Lung Cancer

Myths, Facts, Choices--and Hope

Claudia I. Henschke (Author), Peggy McCarthy (Author)

With Sarah Wernick

Overview | Inside the Book

An authoritative book with new lifesaving strategies for those at risk and those already diagnosed.

Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer. This authoritative book presents new lifesaving strategies for those already diagnosed and those at risk (including ex-smokers).

Lung cancer is deadly because it's usually found late. Dr. Claudia Henschke's groundbreaking research on early diagnosis, published in Lancet, made headlines worldwide. Now, for the first time, she offers specific recommendations based on her latest findings: who needs to be checked and how to get tested.

People with lung cancer often are told, "Nothing can be done." Not so! Dr. Henschke and coauthor Peggy McCarthy, a leading patient advocate, provide up-to-the-minute advice, along with inspiring quotes from survivors.

If lung cancer has touched your life—or if you have reason for concern—this comprehensive and compassionate book can help:

  • Understand how the lungs work and how cancer develops.
  • Pinpoint risk factors and the sometimes surprising symptoms, like back pain or swollen fingertips, that can signal a problem.
  • Learn how to find the best doctors and the latest treatments.
  • Remain healthy, active, and pain-free during and after treatment.
  • Cope with emotional and practical concerns, such as telling the children, dealing with guilt, and getting the most out of your insurance.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2003
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32498-3
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 416 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide


Endorsements & Reviews

“Provides people with lung cancer and their family members with the information they need to understand the disease, evaluate treatment choices, and use community resources. This book should be recommended to all those confronting a lung cancer diagnosis.” — Diane Blum, executive director, Cancer Care, Inc.

“This important book is a must-read for current and former smokers, others at risk, individuals with newly diagnosed lung cancer, and their family and friends.” — Paul Bunn, M.D.

“This book is . . . for anyone with lung cancer or who may develop lung cancer. The information is as practical and up to date as you can find. The authors' insights help to marshal support for people with lung cancer and to allay the personal blame society wrongly applies to them.” — Pearl Moore, RN, MN, FAAN, chief executive officer, Oncology Nursing Society

“Bravo! Finally a book for the many men and women who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. This book will be invaluable to those diagnosed with the illness and their many loved ones.” — Cheryl Healton, Dr. P.H., president and CEO, American Legacy Foundation

“An invaluable resource, offering information, support, and hope. I wish this outstanding book had been available when I was diagnosed. Everyone touched by lung cancer should read it.” — Karen Parles, editor and webmaster of

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