After the success of his first book, the award-winning "Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope: A Guide for Patients, Families and Health Care Providers," Dr. Richard C. Frank, director of cancer research for the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, authored an update, given the many advances that have occurred in treating cancer since the first edition.

The just-published book focuses on new treatment options that have become available, including targeted and immune therapies and personalized cancer medicine. Information on the types of medicines used to fight cancer has been completely updated and revised in this edition; also included is a new section on alternative cancer therapies and mind-body medicine.

"Anyone who is diagnosed with cancer receives a frightening blow," said Frank, "and in many cases the diagnosis is accompanied by a bewildering array of treatment choices."

In the book, Frank explains what cancer is, which factors determine a patient's prognosis, how treatments work to eradicate cancer, why they sometimes fail and what patients can do to optimize their own survival.

The first edition was awarded first place in the 2010 American Medical Writers Association Medical Books Award for the Health Care Professionals category. The book also received the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication from the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association.

Frank, from Fairfield, is medical director of Mid-Fairfield Hospice and clinical assistant attending at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has recently been appointed cancer expert for WebMD and was named a "Top Doc" in the New York Metro area by Castle and Connelly.

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