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Life after the Diagnosis

Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers

By Steven Pantilat

For a time of growing concern about living well with serious illness and getting the best possible end-of-life care, Life After the Diagnosis delivers a compassionate and sensitive guide for patients, families, and caregivers.

In Life After the Diagnosis, Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat, a renowned international expert in palliative care, shares innovative approaches for dealing with serious illness, outlines the steps that patients should take, and demystifies the medical system. He makes sense of what doctors say, what they actually mean, and how to get the best information to help make the best medical decisions. Dr. Pantilat covers everything from the first steps after the diagnosis and finding the right caregiving and support, to planning your future so your loved ones don't have to. He offers advice on how to tackle the most difficult treatment decisions and discussions and shows readers how to choose treatments that help more than they hurt, stay consistent with their values and personal goals, and live as well as possible for as long as possible.
Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, is a physician and distinguished professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

"An invaluable book for those struggling to live well with an incurable disease, written by a doctor's doctor - the sort of fellow that physicians seek out for their own care."—Abraham Verghese, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Stanford University Department of Medicine

"During the times of uncertainty and fear that follow a serious diagnosis, this book arrives like a guardian angel. I will recommend it to all my patients, and will keep it close to hand for me and my family too."—Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care

"A straightforward and honest guide."—Mark Ganz, President and CEO, Cambia Health Solutions

"Life After the Diagnosis sets out practical advice for planning and sound recommendations for sorting through complex difficult decisions. If you or someone you love has received a bad diagnosis, take Dr. Pantilat¹s book along as you journey through healthcare and life with illness."—Ira Byock, MD, palliative care physician, Founder, Providence Institute for Human Caring, and author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible

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