A Survivor's Guide To Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer strikes one out of every nine American women. The author's unique perspective combines her expertise as a clinical psychologist with her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor. She includes suggestions that will help you understand treatment side effects, find support, and cope with the emotional turbulence that can accompany diagnosis and treatment.

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Overview

Breast cancer strikes one out of every nine American women. The author's unique perspective combines her expertise as a clinical psychologist with her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor. She includes suggestions that will help you understand treatment side effects, find support, and cope with the emotional turbulence that can accompany diagnosis and treatment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781572241855
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Chang, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health-related illness. She maintains a private practice in Tucson, AZ, and is adjunct professor of psychology at Chapman University and adjunct research scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    I stumbled across this book while grasping for resources when br

    I stumbled across this book while grasping for resources when breast cancer became an issue in my family. I had previously found reams and reams of clinical information and reams and reams of personal narrative, but this book really integrates the two. It makes the necessary clinical information more accessible and the personal narrative more directly useful. I am glad to have found Dr. Chang's book at a difficult time for my family and expect it would be very helpful to families going through the same difficulties.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    Dare to share this book with others

    When I first read this book, I realized I had found a very personal and sensitive resource to share with a friend who was just beginning the journey through breast cancer survival. Dr. Chang's words provided what I did not know myself or did not yet have the courage to offer to my friend. This book gives information that one needs to know about breast cancer. Of equal importance, it captures the whole array of feelings that cancer unleashes on a person. Add this book to your personal collection -- some day you or someone you know will be glad you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    This book is a must read for students of medicine, psychology, counseling, social work, and health related fields! Dr. Chang provides insighful information from an educated perspective concerning helper's behaviors that were both supportive and harmful during her treatment. Her description of her cancer treatment was detailed and realistic. I could not put the book down! Dr. Chang's emotions and behaviors during various stages of her treatment were very similar to my experience undergoing treatment for colon cancer. I think that this book will give the average population an awareness of what it is like to have cancer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    A Phenomenal Read

    Dr. Chang's book is a phenomenal read. It is a book that can be read at any point in treatment and by any number of people. For the newly diagnosed, it can prepare and educate the patient and those who support her. For those in the midst of treatment, this book will help confirm and validate a patient's emotional and physiological experiences. The patient that has completed active treatment will be able to use Dr. Chang's book as an adjunct to therapy, to help process and bring to closure the ordeal she had been through. A patient's family members, friends, and even her treatment team would benefit from this candid book. It is through Dr. Chang's selfless and uninhibited sharing that any one interested, will come to know 'first hand' what it's like to have breast cancer. Dr. Chang leaves nothing out from resources to practical suggestions, to coping strategies including the value of humor. It's a must read for breast cancer patients and anyone that works with this population.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Memoir, Scrapbook & Resource Guide--All Rolled Into One

    Dr Alice F.Chang has written a truly moving account of her bout with breast cancer. Most importantly, her book features a sense of personal honesty which hooks the reader into a feeling of excitement about what will happen next. That's why once you start reading the book, you won't be able to put it down. Next, the photographs make her stories come alive. I really feel like I know her well. The other thing that I appreaciate about this book is the list of resources (found at the back). They have obviously been very carefully compiled. I get the sense that Alice is a very organized and methodical person. These gifts come through, as she walks the reader step-by-step through her treatment process. And an inspirational walk it is! This book would be excellent reading for anyone who's life has been touched by cancer in any way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    An Authentic Book

    Alice and I have been good friends for twenty years. I went through the breast cancer experience with her, although from a long distance. I thought I understood what she was feeling during that time. However, from reading her book, I can now see that I truly only understood part of what was going on. I didn't understand how frightened she was, nor did I have any idea of just how upsetting it was for her to go through the initial diagnosis and then the treatments. Her reluctance to share all of the details with me may have been because of her generosity in protecting MY feelings and emotions and/or her inability to be verbal at that point in time about a very emotional experience. If I would have had a book that described some of these deeper feelings to me, I would have understood more about what many women face and could have been more supportive to her during that time. Alice's voice comes through her book as authentic, honest and vulnerable. I liked the mixing of the autobiography with a self-help book. The many pictures enhance the book's genuineness--there are pictures of the doctors, documentation of Alice's process and scars plus photos of items that are either helpful or humorous. The book has a very personal feel-- just like talking with my good friend. Once I started reading it, I had trouble putting it down! If I had breast cancer or had a friend or family member that had been diagnosed, I would find Alice's account of the process very helpful and her explanations of the psychological issues very soothing and supportive. In addition to the vivid coverage of her diagnosis and treatment, Alice steps back from her patient role and assumes the role of psychologist, offering tools and methods for coping, accepting and changing one's sometimes debilitating ways of dealing with challenges. I appreciated the way she addressed the varied avenues that people have for healing themselves. Congratulations to Alice for the courage it took to write this revealing book. I think it will be of great benefit, not only to the patient herself, but also to husbands, family, and friends of those who are facing breast cancer--or possibly any cancer.

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