Book Reviews

Essential for cancer patients
By Carolyn G. Simon “Compulsive proofreader” on July 20, 2013
Format: Paperback

How I wish I had had a copy of this book when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, or better yet, that Doc Ryan had been my oncologist!The book is indeed comprehensive. He explains cancer and oncology in layman’s terms and covers diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials, symptom control and side effects, pain, alternative medicine, and what we can look forward to in the foreseeable future. That’s the physical part. At least as important are his wise words about patient autonomy, anxiety and fear, spiritual care, “but what do I say,” hospice and end-of-life issues, and internet resources, with many general and specialized URLs.

Throughout, he made me think of a doctor drawn by Norman Rockwell who takes plenty of time to get to know his patients and answer all questions. He also seems to be a great teacher and a compassionate team leader who cares personally about every one of his patients. The stories at the end about the “heroes” among his patients are touching and inspirational.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough for anyone facing cancer.

 

Much needed Book
By M.Fields “book lover” on August 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover

I got this book and read it in one day. Most of you know I have lost my whole family to cancer and recently I have had surgery for it myself. This is a book I wish my family had to read and I had before I went for my surgeries. It is a book to help calm your fears and anxiety.
The book is chalk full of fantastic information.
If you are someone you know has cancer this is a must read.
After reading this book I wish that Doctor Ryan was my oncologist. He really has it together and knows his stuff.
It is very sad to say but this is a much needed book in this day and time. I only wish that one day there will be no need for such a book when someone finds a cure for cancer but right now this is a book that most families should be reading.
I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review

 

THE ONLY cancer bible you will ever need-from the Academy Blog
By Toni Deaf on September 9, 2013<
Format: Paperback

FROM THE ACADEMY BLOG […]
The newly published book, When Tumor is the Rumor and Cancer is the Answer by Kevin P Ryan MD FACP is the cancer bible in that it is the only resource you will ever need- containing anything you would ever need to know about a cancer diagnosis. The subtitle, “A Comprehensive Text for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients and their Families” is certainly no understatement. Nevertheless, the word “text” should not intimidate the target reader, as in this case it does not imply this is a college medical book but rather a complete one stop resource. This book is written specifically for the cancer patient and his family- for the layperson who has no prior experience in the medical field. This ambitious volume covers everything from diagnosis, treatment and the health care team as well as the science and spirituality cancer as well.The author, Kevin P Ryan MD FACP, draws from his personal, educational and practical experience as an oncologist. He dispels outdated myths such as the idea that cancer is a death sentence or that treatment must entail grueling pain and nausea. He writes with optimism based on concrete facts on new scientific advancements in treating cancer such as targeted therapies, gene therapies and modern symptom control. He gives objective and reliable information about ineffective alternative treatments and gives a word of warning about those who shameless profiteers who exploit the desperation of cancer patients in offering unproven treatments at heavy financial and emotional toll. His love of medicine, and pride in the achievements of medical science in the area of oncology is obvious. This once in a lifetime book offers a unique perspective to the mind of a doctor. In addition to his extensive medical credentials, Dr. Ryan offers practical and spiritual advise to boot. This doctor is equipped to handle medical question as well as spiritual and emotional issues as well. It was an unexpected pleasure to see Dr. Ryan address spiritual issues with the same attentiveness and detail as the medical side of cancer. The extensive nature of this book will satisfy even the most scientifically and medically oriented question about cancer. The science behind cancer and treatments is covered in exhaustive detail to answer even the most difficult of questions. Even if one were to spend hours in a medical library, time would be better spent reading this book instead.Nevertheless, it is clear that this book is written with both the individual cancer patient and his family, equally, in mind. As a close family member of an otherwise young and healthy person diagnosed with a late stage cancer- this book answered any question I had about cancer and more that I had not even considered. There is no doubt that first few introductory chapters are written with the shocked and frightened cancer patient in mind, as the early chapters offer concrete inspiration in a time of confusion and hopelessness that every cancer patient should take to heart. This information is too valuable to be kept from a cancer patients- so for those that can’t read it, I would strongly recommend that caretakers or family read this book and relay it to the cancer patient. I can imagine that the more technical and detailed information of the book would be most appropriate for families as a newly diagnosed patient might be too shocked and too overcome with anxiety and grief to properly digest the wealth of medical information provided. Yet the author, recognizes the unique emotional needs of shocked newly diagnosed patients and provides inspirational and practical advise designed to inspire and empower even the most despondent and apathetic of cancer patients.Ryan’s writing style is expressive and intelligent, and is indicative of his years of education. At times, the text may not lend itself easily to quick casual reading especially in this modern day and age where many readers have a simple reading level and short attention span. The author’s writing style might simply be too complex for some lesser educated and modern readers. A strong point to this book is the author’s ability to reach out to every potential reader and his attention to organization. The chapters are identified and organized in such a way that the reader may skip specific sections depending in their urgent need. The time pressed reader may skim the table of contents and go directly to a particular chapter or subchapter such as the sections on diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials, side effects, pain or spiritual care. Main sections are subdivided and the subdivisions are as easily accessible for quick reference such as the various treatments and specific side effects.This hybrid book encompasses the science, psychology and spirituality of a cancer diagnosis. Unlike many books written on cancer, this book does not oversimplify cancer information in which the result is unreliable, generalized cancer information based on old wives tales and myths. Cancer is complex without a doubt and there are no simple cookie cutter explanations- which many simplified books and web information erroneously present to the disservice of the public.

I know that internet information in large part is garbage when it comes to medical advice to be a fact because the internet told us that without a doubt the maximum span my sister had was 3-6 months back in October. Not only is she still around, she is in remission! But the internet had us as a family embark on her diagnosis with despair and fear and to this day those faulty internet statistics leave their bitter mark. As Dr. Ryan would have said- GIGO- garbage in, garbage out- that is what you get with many of the medical resources and statistics on cancer available to the public today on the internet and in bookstores. It would have been wonderful to have had Dr. Ryan’s book back in October when we first received the diagnosis. Dr. Ryan’s book is the one stop resource that can point to everything you need including outside resources such as the American Cancer Society, reliable internet sites and even specific comforting biblical passages, There is no need to spend hours trolling the internet for unreliable cancer information or perusing the self help and medical shelves of bookstores for overly simplified useless books. If you are only going to invest in one book on cancer, this should be the book. It would be a service to patients and their families alike to make this book available in every public library, oncologist office and bookstore. As a blogger I received this book published by Authorhouse for the purpose of writing this review.

 

‘Autonomy’ is the single most important word and concept the reader of this book must grasp’
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on August 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Kevin P Ryan, MD is a physician, a sensitive clinician, a learned oncologist and a humanitarian whose mission in life is to champion doctor patient relationships. In this extraordinarily sensitive book Dr. Ryan talks about cancer – ALL about cancer, from premonitions and early signals to selecting a physician to testing to diagnosing to coping with the impact of the diagnosis both for the patient and family to treatments to prospects to responses to scientific advances to learning the art of coping with the end of life questions and how to manage those financially, emotionally, realistically and spiritually. And the unexpected joy of reading a book about cancer, this hefty information-packed easily-accessible book is one of the most tender supportive volumes that has been published – a true candidate for awards in the understanding of cancer, not only for patients and families involved in the journey of dealing with cancer, but a extraordinary textbook for medical students about the inestimable importance of doctor patient communication and relationships.

In Dr. Ryan’s eloquent yet homespun friendly introduction he offers the following: `This is not a medical text on the treatment of malignancy, per se, or prevention, screening, or cancer survivorship. This book describes what happens and what works best for the whole team when the possible diagnosis becomes the proven and potentially fatal diagnosis. A major aim of this book is the goal of reducing anxiety and helping those confronted with this disease to marshal their internal resources to conquer their natural fears and ultimately learn to become cancer survivors. I hope to address many of the often unspoken truths that, now found in one place, can act as a guide for what is for many the most frightening time of their lives. I hope to return that crucial sense of control.’

From that warmly supportive opening, Dr. Ryan explains the role and purview of oncology, the suspicion of a cancer, the avenues of diagnosis, treatments (very complete and complex), the symptoms and side effects of treatments, alternative treatments, a discussion on what to expect from a hospital experience, the longterm followup with a compatible physician, the end of life discussion, how to use and not use the internet in gaining information, ethics, hospice and on and on. The reason this information is so beneficial to patients bearing the diagnosis is that all of the aspects of the diagnosis of cancer are covered so that the patient can take ownership of all aspects of having cancer and in doing so become a cancer survivor – that is, understanding all the steps that can be taken, the positive and negative aspects, the participation in the treatment with the team of physician, nurses, those who perform chemotherapy and radiation, as well as partnering with family and loved ones to make the diagnosis an open and thus non-threatening discussion.

Some may say this is too much information for a lay person to absorb or even face, but nothing could be further from the truth. Dr. Ryan’s belief in the autonomy of the patient in dealing with all aspects of the disease honors the patient by delivering every detail of the topic of cancer – without the full knowledge of the disease and all its permutations the patient would not be allowed the gift of full participation in every aspect of dealing with cancer. This book should become a best seller. Spread the word, and drop a note to your doctor recommending he/she read it too! Grady Harp, August 13

 

An Informative and Compassionate Roadmap
By Jerry A. Boriskin “J. Boriskin, Ph.D.” on November 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As a stage III colon cancer survivor and mental health professional I understand the profound shock to patient and family ‘when cancer is the answer’. All your senses are heightened, the fear profound and the ambiguity of what lies ahead can numb your brain on a level approximating chemotherapy. Control is the fantasy but the journey is so complex. Patients need more than medical jargon – they need compassion, sensitivity, humor and information. Dr. Ryan provides information with the voice of a humanitarian, not a technician. His unique background in music and theatre endows him with an unusual gift – communicating complicated information with an understanding and sensitive voice directed to the ordinary patient. This is not a textbook – it is a book for patients and families. Dr. Ryan finds a voice that will empower the reader to learn more, ask questions, accept fate but not losing your humanity in the process. Cancer is not an easy journey; Dr. Ryan’s book provides the reader with a sensible, informative and compassionate road map.

 

When Tumor is the Rumor and Cancer is the Answer By Kevin P. Ryan MD FACP GIVEAWAY!
by Mary Jackson

http://themarybookreader.blogspot.com/2013/08/when-tumor-is-rumor-and-cancer-is.html

“Superb! This thoroughly delightful book explores, explains, and puts in context our biggest fear- our own mortality! The very word “Cancer” evokes a primal fear that we are all mortal and will, at some point, die. My own experience, on a personal level with cancer, access ports, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and major surgery was very sobering! Dr Kevin Ryan has given us all a new perspective on how to live with and conquer our biggest fear! This book is a must read for anyone living with cancer, their families, and the entire treatment community. When Tumor is the Rumor, and Cancer is the Answer will help each of us to triumph over this experience, regardless of the outcome!”
-LT. Gen PK Carlton Jr. Surgeon General USAF (ret)
“A great cancer book should reduce anxiety with authority and comprehensive information helping those confronted marshal their internal resources and conquer their fears. Does such a book exist? You are about to read it”
-Maurie Markman MD FACP Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs & National Director of Medical Oncology Cancer Treatment Centers Of America. Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Director of Medical Oncology, Cancer Treatment Centers Of America. Former Professor and Vice President of Clinical Research and Chairman of the Department of Gynecologic Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Former Chairman of the Department of Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Former Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, New York

Pick up your copy here
http://www.amazon.com/When-Tumor-Rumor-Cancer-Answer/dp/1481708783/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376094469&sr=1-1&keywords=when+tumor+is+the+rumor

Dr. Ryan graduated Phi beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in biology. He was awarded an NCI fellowship in immunopathology after two years of medical school and graduated from Georgetown Medical School, AOA magna cum laude. He then entered active duty in the USAF medical corps under the Health Professions Scholarship Program serving at various medical centers as Chief of Hematology Oncology and sub specialty medicine and Medical Director and Director of Tricare Region 10 Lead Agency. He served as special consultant to the commander at David Grant Medical Center Travis AFB and then Director of the Dutch Huyser Cancer Center. Dr. Ryan is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology/ Oncology and is a Fellow of the American College of physicians, a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and an emeritus member of the American Society of Hematology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians Executives and a member of Mensa and Intertel. He retired as a decorated full Colonel from the USAF and is a full Clinical Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine. He is the author of numerous research and clinical papers, book chapters and abstracts in Hematology/Oncology and has presented research at the regional and national level. After retirement Dr Ryan obtained degrees in music, wrote a bi weekly column for McNaughton newspapers and served on community commissions. He serves as a theatre judge and critic, as well as an occasional dramaturge for community theatre. He presently resides in Northern California with his wonderful wife, Pamela The author may be contacted at ryan_k@comcast.net

I got this book and read it in one day. Most of you know I have lost my whole family to cancer and recently I have had surgery for it myself. This is a book I wish my family had to read and I had before I went for my surgeries. It is a book to help calm your fears and anxiety.
The book is chalk full of fantastic information.
If you are someone you know has cancer this is a must read.
After reading this book I wish that Doctor Ryan was my oncologist. He really has it together and knows his stuff.
It is very sad to say but this is a much needed book in this day and time. I only wish that one day there will be no need for such a book when someone finds a cure for cancer but right now this is a book that most families should be reading.
I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

 

The Lemon Bee Book & Blog
Saturday, July 27, 2013

http://pjtheemt.blogspot.com/2013/07/when-tumor-is-rumor-and-cancer-is.html

The newly published book, When Tumor is the Rumor and Cancer is the Answer by Kevin P Ryan MD FACP is the cancer bible in that it is the only resource you will ever need- containing anything you would ever need to know about a cancer diagnosis. The subtitle, “A Comprehensive Text for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients and their Families” is certainly no understatement. Nevertheless, the word “text” should not intimidate the target reader, as in this case it does not imply this is a college medical book but rather a complete one stop resource. This book is written specifically for the cancer patient and his family- for the layperson who has no prior experience in the medical field. This ambitious volume covers everything from diagnosis, treatment and the health care team as well as the science and spirituality cancer as well.

The author, Kevin P Ryan MD FACP, draws from his personal, educational and practical experience as an oncologist. He dispels outdated myths such as the idea that cancer is a death sentence or that treatment must entail grueling pain and nausea. He writes with optimism based on concrete facts on new scientific advancements in treating cancer such as targeted therapies, gene therapies and modern symptom control. He gives objective and reliable information about ineffective alternative treatments and gives a word of warning about those who shameless profiteers who exploit the desperation of cancer patients in offering unproven treatments at heavy financial and emotional toll. His love of medicine, and pride in the achievements of medical science in the area of oncology is obvious. This once in a lifetime book offers a unique perspective to the mind of a doctor. In addition to his extensive medical credentials, Dr. Ryan offers practical and spiritual advise to boot. This doctor is equipped to handle medical question as well as spiritual and emotional issues as well. It was an unexpected pleasure to see Dr. Ryan address spiritual issues with the same attentiveness and detail as the medical side of cancer. The extensive nature of this book will satisfy even the most scientifically and medically oriented question about cancer. The science behind cancer and treatments is covered in exhaustive detail to answer even the most difficult of questions. Even if one were to spend hours in a medical library, time would be better spent reading this book instead.

Nevertheless, it is clear that this book is written with both the individual cancer patient and his family, equally, in mind. As a close family member of an otherwise young and healthy person diagnosed with a late stage cancer- this book answered any question I had about cancer and more that I had not even considered. There is no doubt that first few introductory chapters are written with the shocked and frightened cancer patient in mind, as the early chapters offer concrete inspiration in a time of confusion and hopelessness that every cancer patient should take to heart. This information is too valuable to be kept from a cancer patients- so for those that can’t read it, I would strongly recommend that caretakers or family read this book and relay it to the cancer patient. I can imagine that the more technical and detailed information of the book would be most appropriate for families as a newly diagnosed patient might be too shocked and too overcome with anxiety and grief to properly digest the wealth of medical information provided. Yet the author, recognizes the unique emotional needs of shocked newly diagnosed patients and provides inspirational and practical advise designed to inspire and empower even the most despondent and apathetic of cancer patients.

Ryan’s writing style is expressive and intelligent, and is indicative of his years of education. At times, the text may not lend itself easily to quick casual reading especially in this modern day and age where many readers have a simple reading level and short attention span. The author’s writing style might simply be too complex for some lesser educated and modern readers. A strong point to this book is the author’s ability to reach out to every potential reader and his attention to organization. The chapters are identified and organized in such a way that the reader may skip specific sections depending in their urgent need. The time pressed reader may skim the table of contents and go directly to a particular chapter or subchapter such as the sections on diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials, side effects, pain or spiritual care. Main sections are subdivided and the subdivisions are as easily accessible for quick reference such as the various treatments and specific side effects.

This hybrid book encompasses the science, psychology and spirituality of a cancer diagnosis. Unlike many books written on cancer, this book does not oversimplify cancer information in which the result is unreliable, generalized cancer information based on old wives tales and myths. Cancer is complex without a doubt and there are no simple cookie cutter explanations- which many simplified books and web information erroneously present to the disservice of the public.

I know that internet information in large part is garbage when it comes to medical advice to be a fact because the internet told us that without a doubt the maximum span my sister had was 3-6 months back in October. Not only is she still around, she is in remission! But the internet had us as a family embark on her diagnosis with despair and fear and to this day those faulty internet statistics leave their bitter mark. As Dr. Ryan would have said- GIGO- garbage in, garbage out- that is what you get with many of the medical resources and statistics on cancer available to the public today on the internet and in bookstores. It would have been wonderful to have had Dr. Ryan’s book back in October when we first received the diagnosis. Dr. Ryan’s book is the one stop resource that can point to everything you need including outside resources such as the American Cancer Society, reliable internet sites and even specific comforting biblical passages, There is no need to spend hours trolling the internet for unreliable cancer information or perusing the self help and medical shelves of bookstores for overly simplified useless books. If you are only going to invest in one book on cancer, this should be the book. It would be a service to patients and their families alike to make this book available in every public library, oncologist office and bookstore. As a blogger I received this book published by Authorhouse for the purpose of writing this review.

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