When his best friend was diagnosed with colon cancer three years ago, Dr. David Palma, a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, tried to help in any way he could.
He soon realized that even with the guidance of a medical insider, it was hard for his friend — a 35-year-old father of three — to make sure he was getting the best possible medical advice and cancer treatment.
So Palma, who specializes in lung and, head and neck cancers and who works at London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario, decided to write a book that would empower cancer patients to become their own best advocates.
In Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment, Palma explains to patients how to analyze their own medical records, double-check their diagnosis and get a second opinion on treatment options.
“There is a lot of information out there for cancer patients,” says Palma, 38, who is donating author royalties from the book to cancer research.
“But none of it talks about the quality of treatment and how to get top-notch care. Once I realized that information wasn’t out there, when I went through this journey with my friend, I realized that a how-to manual was needed.”
Palma lives in his hometown of London, Ont., with his wife, a family doctor, and their three children, settling there seven years ago after completing a residency in radiation oncology at B.C. Cancer Agency, a master’s degree in epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a PhD from VU University in Amsterdam.
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