Because this book demystifies a highly
specialized, high tech, and complex area of cancer treatment, it
should provide comfort and clarity to patients needing or considering
Clifford Hudis, M.D., Chief, Breast
Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New
For the patient newly being referred for
radiation therapy, Dr. Kornmehl offers a supportive, encouraging
guide, able to demystify treatment while providing a comprehensive
overview of radiotherapy.
Louis Potters, M.D., FACR, Associate
Professor of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center, New York, NY
Dr. Kornmehl's book plays a key role in
delivering up-to-date information to patients about the effects of
Eliezer Robinson, M.D., Professor of
Oncology, Chairman of the National Council for Oncology, Chairman of
the Israeli Cancer Association, Haifa, Israel
An excellent resource for those who want
information about radiation therapy.
Bernie Siegel, M.D., Author of Love,
Medicine & Miracles and Prescriptions for Living
It is amazing that such an important book was
not written years ago. Not only should patients have and read this
book, but also medical oncologists and surgeons who refer patients for
radiation therapy should refer to this book often so that they can
better counsel and support their patients.
George I. Karp, M.D., Clinical
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry
of NJ/ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Anyone who has been frightened by the words,
"radiation therapy," or anyone who has wanted a clear, humanistic
understanding about this medical specialty, especially while suffering
from a serious illness or caring for a loved one will greatly welcome
Dr. Kornmehl's exceptional guide, The Best News About Radiation Therapy
How to Cope and Survive.
Lewis S. Alban, Ph.D., ABPP, FAClinP,
Clinical Psychologist, Marlton, NJ
Your book is needed by patients who want to
understand and fully participate in their treatment process, which can
be bewildering and intimidating at times. By helping patients see the
actual equipment and accessories, as well as understand the
terminology and rationale, a great service is given. The book also
aids physicians by providing excellent teaching photographs, charts
and diagrams. In my opinion, your book meets these needs better than
any I have read.
Arthur Brimberg, M.D., Medical
Director of Riverhill Radiation Oncology, Yonkers, NY
The Best News About Radiation Therapy is very
layman-friendly. I am particularly struck with the
thoroughness. Moreover, you have injected just the right amount of
humanity, which I believe makes this important information more
interesting and relevant to the reader. You have astutely
identified a need amongst cancer patients and their loved ones to
demystify radiation oncology and you have done so with clarity and
John W. Ames, M.D., Department of
Radiation Oncology, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West
This wonderful and engaging book manages to
make one of the most fearsome and impersonal of cancer treatments,
radiation therapy, understandable and less frightening. By presenting
the information simply and often through the eyes and situations of
patients, Dr. Kornmehl relays the facts and does it in a way that
patients and family members can relate to. Im sure my oncology
colleagues will want to make this a staple of their patient resource
libraries so that they can augment their discussions of therapy by
having patients utilize this easy-to-read and unique book.
Steven D. Passik, PhD, Director,
Symptom Management and Palliative Care Program, Markey Cancer Center,
Associate Professor of Medicine and Behavioral Science, University of
Kentucky, Lexington, KY
An excellent addition to what is available for
patients. It certainly will help clarify their understanding of
radiation and hopefully make their treatments easier for them to
Jay L. Bosworth, M.D., FACR, Long
Island Radiation Therapy, Manhasset, NY
It is an excellent overview of radiation
therapy written from the perspective of the patient. All aspects of a
radiation therapy department are clearly explained in plain English
with all medical jargon put into easily understood terms. There are
wonderful descriptions of real patients who face these many different
aspects of radiation. The book is down to earth and I plan to make it
available to all my new patients.
David C. Beyer, M.D., FACRO, Vice
President of Arizona Oncology Services in Phoenix, Clinical Lecturer
to the University of Arizona Department of Radiation Oncology, Past
President of the American Brachytherapy Society
A valuable resource for patients undergoing
radiation therapy, providing important answers to questions which
arise before, during and following treatment. A readable guide which
demystifies the process.
Peter Pressman, MD Professor of
Clinical Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College Co - author BREAST
CANCER The Complete Guide
I want to congratulate you on your book - The
Best News About Radiation Therapy How to Cope and Survive. It brings
to patients and their families important and useful information about
radiation therapy treatment in a readable and humanistic manner. It
also enlightens readers about the benefits of radiation therapy
treatment and will help patients make intelligent choices in their
Gregory W. Cotter, M.D., Director and
Philip Rubin Scholar, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University
of South Alabama College of Medicine, Chairman, Standards Committee,
American College of Radiation Oncology
Dr. Kornmehl provides a detailed and
informative book designed to educate patients about state-of-the-art
Arve Gillette, M.D., FACRO, President
of The American College of Radiation Oncology
Carol L Kornmehl, MD loves her patients and
she loves her job. She treats cancer. All day, every day. Her advice
to her patients "You are living with cancer, not dying from
In her no-nonsense patient handbook, "The
BEST NEWS about RADIATION THERAPY How to Cope and Survive," Dr.
Kornmehl clearly translates all "doctor speak" into plain
English. Her book contains no dogma, no preaching, and no lecturing.
Each chapter is written with a delightful personal touch, much like a
gentle country physician explaining high-tech medicine to a close
friend in everyday terms.
The book is organized from a patientís
perspective. Common concerns are addressed in the context of Dr.
Kornmehlís actual patientsí questions, worries, emotions and
experiences before, during and following radiation therapy for various
cancers. Personalized examples appear on every page. Every reader will
relate to these.
This handbook is a "must read" for
anyone about to commence a course of radiation treatments. The index
and the boldface glossary are extremely helpful.
Dr. Kornmehl presents radiation therapy as a
"kinder and gentler treatment." The same can be said of her
treatment of her subject in this book, the preparation of which was
obviously a labor of love.
Ralph R. Dobelbower MD PhD FACR FACRO,
Professor & Founding Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology,
Medical College of Ohio
This excellent book is succinctly written and
clearly formatted in a way that even the most overwhelmed patient can
comprehend. The author's knowledge and compassion will educate and
comfort any patient. The quotes at the beginnings of each chapter are
priceless. I only wish it had been available when I was taking
Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad,
International Speaker and Author of Fine Black Lines Reflections on
Facing Cancer, Fear and Loneliness, and The Last Violet
Mourning My Mother.
Dr. Kornmehl is to be congratulated.
This is a comprehensive, readable resource for patients who will be
receiving radiation therapy.
Alexander Haas, M.D., F.A.C.R. Clinical
Director, Dept of Radiation Oncology St. Peters University Hospital New
Brunswick, N.J. Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School
Dr. Kornmehl made available a vast amount of knowledge to satisfy the most worried patient. The book is long overdue.
The Amazing Kreskin, February, 2003
In this cornerstone volume are the gifts of knowledge, insight, compassion... a must read by anyone who needs radiation
Michael Nissenblatt, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
It's about time we had a reference like this to give our patients. It is really well
Edward Soffen, M.D., Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Centrastate Medical Center, Freehold, NJ
The more patients know, the better they can handle the rigors of cancer treatment.
Dr. Kornmehl's book does a great job.
Kent Wallner, M.D., Chief of Radiation, Puget Sound Veterans Affairs, Group Health Cooperative, University of Washington, Seattle, WA,
and author of Prostrate Cancer: A Non-Surgical Perspective and Smart
Medicine: How to Cut Costs and Cure Cancer.
I've never seen such a down-to-earth description of modern radiation therapy. I eagerly recommend this book to
Arthur Topilow, M.D., FACP
Director of the Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology Chairman of the Axelrod Research Section
Jersey Shore Medical Center
This book will create a sense of relief
for the patient and be a source of comfort as well.
Marvin Rotman, M.D., Professor
& Chairman of Radiation Oncology, State University of New York
Health Science Center at Brooklyn; Gold Medalist of the American
Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, 2002.
At last patients have an accurate and
comprehensive source of information about radiotherapy. In a very
readable style, Dr. Kornmehl takes the mystery out of all the
equipment and procedures used to treat cancer.
William M. Buchholz, M.D.,
author of Live Longer, Live Larger A Holistic Approach for Cancer
Patients and Families
At last! A comprehensive guide from ĎA
to Zí that will allow patients and families facing cancer to make
intelligent choices regarding radiation therapy. A must-read for
learning to embrace radiation therapy as an integral piece of the
puzzle on the road to recovery.
Christine Clifford, CSP,
CEO/President of The Cancer Club, Author of Not Now . . . Iím
Having a No Hair Day! and Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories
of Hope and Laughter
Cancer is the most dreaded diagnosis in our society. Nearly half of
all cancer patients will require radiation therapy at some point.
Radiotherapy is perhaps a patientís least understood area of medicine.
Fear, misinformation, and a lack of knowledge are what make patients
feel so vulnerable.
The Best News About Radiation Therapy: How to Cope and Survive
is an easy-to-understand, current, informative resource about
radiotherapy. It describes the technical and emotional aspects of
treatment from a patientís point of view.
By debunking the myths that abound, The Best News About
Radiation Therapy thoroughly and authoritatively enlightens
readers about what to expect during the course of radiation treatment
The Best News About Radiation Therapy helps to allay
the patientís worries and enlightens readers about radiation therapy
from a humanistic stand-point. This book is a source of inspiration and
self-help for those who need radiation therapy.