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Lahans T. Integrating Conventional and Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care: A Clinical Guide.

Lahans T. Integrating Conventional and Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care: A Clinical Guide. Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2007. ISBN 978-0-4431-0063-5. $99. Available from Elsevier Australia, telephone 1800 263 951 or


This guide was written for the experienced Chinese medicine practitioner who is able to modify the advice contained within to suit individual needs. In its efforts to integrate biological and Chinese medicine, the book's aim is to contribute valuable information that will help with the care of a growing number of cancer patients.

Chapter 1 begins with an overview of the pathophysiology of cancer and approaches to treatment in both conventional and Chinese medicine. The 10 most common cancer types are then covered in the ensuing 10 chapters. They encompass lung, breast, colorectal, prostate, cervical, liver, pancreatic, bladder and ovarian cancers as well as lymphomas and leukemia.

Each of the above 10 chapters looks at risk factors for each cancer type. They then describe its development, biology, pathology, clinical presentation, stages in development and evaluation factors affecting prognosis. Diagnostic techniques and treatments used in both conventional and Chinese medicine are consequently presented.

Other health issues that arise concurrently with cancer symptoms are the subject of Chapter 12. Issues such as anaemia, fevers, nausea and vomiting, anxiety and depression, and pain are also discussed in terms of their diagnosis and treatment in both medical traditions.

Chapter 13 ensues with a discussion of the symptoms and processes of death and dying. Chapter 14 concludes with ways to reduce exposure to carcinogenic agents and various methods of detoxification and depuration.

Tables and text boxes summarise information, and black and white illustrations aid comprehension. There is a general subject index followed by a pharmaceutical name index.
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Author:Robertshawe, Penny
Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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