Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat, a renowned international expert in hospice and palliative care, shares innovative approaches for dealing with serious illness, outlines the steps that patients should take during their illnesses, and demystifies the medical system to ease readers’ ability to navigate it to their benefit. Life after the Diagnosis is a compassionate and sensitive guide for those who don’t know where to start at a difficult time. He makes sense of what doctors may say, what they actually mean, and how to get the best information to help each person make the best medical decisions. Life after the Diagnosis will help patients choose treatments that help more than they hurt and stay consistent with their values and personal goals.
Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
“As a physician and a former caregiver to my late husband, I adored this wise and comforting book. I will recommend it to patients, friends, anyone facing a life-changing illness. An empowering resource for living better and longer.”
Jordan Goldstein, CLPF
“My mother was lucky enough to have Dr. Pantilat’s palliative medical care in the last six months of her life. In this book, I can hear his humane, pragmatic voice saying, ‘Your wishes will be respected and your suffering will be lessened.’ I’m glad other families can benefit as we did from his wisdom and deep experience with serious illness.”
Abraham Verghese MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Stanford University Department of Medicine
“An invaluable book for those struggling to live well with an incurable disease, written by a doctor’s doctor—the sort that fellow physicians seek out for their own care. Short of having him at your side, this is the next best thing.”