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part of the Object Lessons series from Bloomsbury
…the hidden life of ordinary things…

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With the likelihood that one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetimes, tumors have the power to redefine our identities and change how we live and interact with each other and the world around us. Tumor is about the object that is you.

Anna Leahy looks a tough subject right in the eyes, and tells its story with grace, insight, alacrity, and wit. ~ David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

Anna Leahy writes with insight and empathy about cancer and the social and cultural dimensions of one of our greatest fears. A blend of science, journalism, and deeply personal storytelling, this book takes a lyrical approach to a complex subject we all face in some way. ~ Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden.

forthcoming in the Language as Social Action series from Peter Lang Publishing

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Conversing with Cancer contributes to the important field of health communication, which studies how patients interact with healthcare providers and caregivers and how those interactions can be improved. Each person whose life is affected by a cancer diagnosis—patient, healthcare provider, caregiver—holds information and needs information in order to make the best decisions possible under the circumstances. A deeper knowledge of communication processes can help anyone negotiate this difficult time, exert some control in a sometimes uncontrollable situation, and work toward better health outcomes for individuals so that they can lead the best life possible.

Drawing from scholarly research, real-life stories, and inspirational poems, this book is a useful reference for patients, caregivers, and providers and is perfect for instructors who want to develop an illness-specific section of a course and for students who want in-depth study of cancer communication or an example of how health communication applies to a specific illness. Educating students in communication, medicine, nursing, and health technology about cancer communication is crucial to enhancing patient experiences in the future.

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Who can benefit from reading this book?

Scholars in Cancer and Health Communication
Students in Health Communication
Oncologists and Other Physicians
Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
Medical Students and Nursing Students
Cancer Patients
Family Members and Friends of someone with cancer