An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer
Six Steps to Taking Charge of Your Care and Your Life
by Eric Presser, MD
December 2016, 217pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4101-9
$41, £31, 36€, A56
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Lung cancer is a disease that affects far more individuals than just smokers: 15 percent of lung cancer cases occur in people who never smoked and in those who never had prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke.

Dispelling the commonly held belief that lung cancer is always self-inflicted, this book guides patients, their loved ones, and caregivers through diagnosis, acceptance, and treatment, and provides support and hope to the tens of thousands of people coping with this illness.

Lung cancer is a serious illness—one that is considered among medicine’s most dreaded diagnoses. Alone, it’s responsible for 29 percent of cancer deaths in the United States and causes more deaths than breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancer combined! Additionally, lung cancer isn’t typically discovered until it causes symptoms, at which point options are limited and the chances of a cure greatly reduced.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this book, Dr. Eric Presser provides an empowering, comprehensive guide to lung cancer for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the treatments available, coping with the diagnosis, and dealing with the side effects associated with the disease on both patients and their loved ones. His book offers a complete resource for anyone touched by lung cancer, presenting the latest scientifically tested information to help reduce the rates of illness and infirmity and ultimately make lung cancer a thing of the past.

The book first covers the basic information necessary to understand lung cancer, including lung anatomy. Dr. Presser then identifies the six steps that will with help people cope with lung cancer and take charge of their lives. The final section focuses on nutrition and lung cancer in addition to practical concerns such as health insurance, work and disability, and financial challenges.


  • Provides a crucial reference that helps patients, caregivers, and loved ones educate themselves and obtain the best possible treatments
  • Discusses customized chemotherapy; treatment options for early-stage lung cancer, including minimally invasive surgery techniques pioneered by author Dr. Eric Presser; and today's most promising treatments, including multimodality therapy
  • Examines the latest diagnostic tools for the early detection of lung cancer, emphasizes the importance of cancer staging, and evaluates the range of alternative treatments
  • Guides readers concerning emotional matters such as telling family members and dealing with guilt, and with the practical needs of late-stage lung cancer patients
Eric Presser, MD, is an attending thoracic surgeon at First Choice Physician's Practice and an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine. He serves on the board of the Desert Cancer Foundation and is a member of the medical advisory board of Gilda's Club, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He has lectured widely on the benefits of screening for prevention and early detection of lung cancer. As an innovator and inventor, Presser is a consultant with leading medical equipment companies, including Covidien, Life Technologies, and Galen Technologies. He received his medical degree with honors from Ross University School of Medicine; completed his surgical internship and residency at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, where he was appointed to the position of chief resident; and completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center after spending a year in cardiothoracic training at Louisiana State University.


"I want to thank Dr. Presser for writing such a comprehensive, informative book. An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer is an encyclopedia of the disease, a multitude of education, diagnoses and treatments outlined in an easy-to-read form. He covers and recommends both medical and complementary therapies and shares what has worked for him and his patients. . . . I would encourage anyone facing—not only lung cancer, but any life-threatening disease—to read An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer."—Desert Health, September 12, 2017

“I don’t know too many professional athletes who don’t think they’re invincible. It’s comes with the territory. It’s how we are, especially when we’re first starting out. When you’re standing in the locker room, just before the game, you think nothing can stop you. You could run through a brick wall. That feeling of invulnerability goes along with being young, and fan adoration. Sure, years of Big League backstopping had taken a toll, but we athletes don’t let little aches and pains stop us. So in 1972, as a 24-year-old playing for the Cincinnati, illness, let alone cancer, was the furthest thing from my mind. But that’s what happened after a physical examination turned up a growth on my lung that the doctors couldn’t identify. Back then, there were no CT scans or similarly sophisticated technology to properly diagnosis this suspicious mass. I played out the string, wondering all along if something could be seriously wrong. After the season, my surgeon had to make a 12-inch incision under my right arm and break a rib to extract what turned out to a benign lesion that I picked up from breathing an airborne fungus. Still, I had to endure months of post-operative pain and wait patiently as my large incision healed. I went to spring training fully healed, but couldn’t stop wishing for an easier way to do this. Now there is. Thanks to the work of Dr. Eric Presser, one of the country’s leading lung cancer specialists, and a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive chest surgery, patients no longer need to endure excruciating post-operative pain and months of recovery. Using cutting-edge surgical techniques, Dr. Presser can remove tumors through tiny openings, markedly reducing side effects, recovery time and hospital stays. In his new book, An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer, Dr. Presser details these and so many more cutting-edge treatments that are extending and improving the quality of life for thousands of lung cancer patients. This book is a crucial reference for anyone looking to obtain the most up-to-date information and secure the best possible care. Had Dr. Presser had been around when I had my procedure, my procedure and my recovery would have been easier than catching without a mitt!” —Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame baseball player and former catcher for the World Champion Cincinnati Reds

“You’ve probably heard the saying that cancer touches everyone. I know that it does, and that it hits some harder than others. Cancer first touched my life 13 years ago when my brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My brother and closest friend, Leslie, ultimately lost his life to this dreaded affliction 3 years ago after years of numerous excruciating treatments and pain. With lightning striking so close to home, I couldn’t help but wonder if the same fate lay in store for me. Would cancer come knocking on my door? Though I ultimately couldn’t do anything to help my brother, who died despite receiving the very best medical care, I made it my personal mission to try to lessen the fear this terrible disease strikes in hearts of millions of people. While learning more about cancer, I discovered that for each person who is diagnosed, many more will be saved, in large measure because of the efforts of people like my good friend Dr. Eric Presser, a pioneering thoracic surgeon and recognized lung cancer expert. I know that my brother could have benefited from the accurate, easily understandable information that Dr. Presser shares in An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer. Undoubtedly Dr. Presser’s advocacy of screening for early detection and prevention of lung cancer, long before it became a matter of public policy, has motivated both those at greatest risk and their loved ones to get tested themselves, or to make lifestyle changes that may not only reduce their own chances of getting cancer, but may also prevent the disease. Speaking from personal experience, while cancer may definitely frighten people into healthier habits, you really have to practice those habits consistently . They need to become a life style. You can’t just practice cancer prevention after you get sick. Dr. Presser’s book is proof positive of the axiom 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' He teaches us about the value of investing in our health right now with science based, low risk practices and lifestyle choices that can help kick unhealthy habits that increase our cancer risk. An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer is an invaluable 'how to' manual that will help cancer patients and their loved ones onto a path of improved well-being.” —Rodney Sacks, Chairman and CEO of Monster Beverage
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