This is a compassionate cutting edge book that addresses the psychological issues cancer patients and their families face during diagnosis and treatment and its aftermath.
Dr Holland confronts the emotional impact of serious illness and the critical role emotions play in a patient's ability to seek appropriate care and tolerate treatment. Holland addresses the human side of cancer, meaning she explores what cancer does psychologically both to sufferers and their families; and she explains how emotions and behaviours may influence one's cancer risk and outcome. Dr Holland also offers the latest and emerging information about mind/body remedies, dispels the countless myths surrounding the role of the mind in health and healing, and in the end offers honesty and support, rather than dictating a single prescription for healing.
The author recognises that each patient is different and what may be positive treatment for one, can lead to guilt and confusion in another. Finally the book offers practical, compassionate guidance for anyone facing cancer.