The Books

Anna Leahy
Object Lessons from Bloomsbury
…the hidden life of ordinary things…

Lisa Sparks & Anna Leahy
Language as Social Action (Peter Lang)
…works that have profound, provocative implications…



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One in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Tumors have 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, working to improve how cancer patients interact with healthcare providers and caregivers. Each person whose life is affected by a cancer diagnosis—patient, healthcare provider, caregiver—holds information and needs information in order to make decisions for the best life possible. A deeper knowledge of communication processes can help everyone negotiate this difficult time, exert some control in a sometimes uncontrollable situation, and work toward better health outcomes.

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 and 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