After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

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by Emily K. Abel, Saskia K. Subramanian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814707351

ISBN-13: 9780814707357

Pub. Date: 08/30/2010

Publisher: New York University Press

2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

2009 Association of American University Presses Award for Jacket Design

Chemo brain. Fatigue. Chronic pain. Insomnia. Depression. These are just a few of the ongoing, debilitating symptoms that plague some breast-cancer survivors long after their treatments have officially ended. While there are

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2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

2009 Association of American University Presses Award for Jacket Design

Chemo brain. Fatigue. Chronic pain. Insomnia. Depression. These are just a few of the ongoing, debilitating symptoms that plague some breast-cancer survivors long after their treatments have officially ended. While there are hundreds of books about breast cancer, ranging from practical medical advice to inspirational stories of survivors, what has been missing until now is testimony from the thousands of women who continue to struggle with persistent health problems.

After the Cure is a compelling read filled with fascinating portraits of more than seventy women who are living with the aftermath of breast cancer. Emily K. Abel is one of these women. She and her colleague, Saskia K. Subramanian, whose mother died of cancer, interviewed more than seventy breast cancer survivors who have suffered from post-treatment symptoms. Having heard repeatedly that “the problems are all in your head,” many don't know where to turn for help. The doctors who now refuse to validate their symptoms are often the very ones they depended on to provide life-saving treatments. Sometimes family members who provided essential support through months of chemotherapy and radiation don't believe them. Their work lives, already disrupted by both cancer and its treatment, are further undermined by the lingering symptoms. And every symptom serves as a constant reminder of the trauma of diagnosis, the ordeal of treatment, and the specter of recurrence.

Most narratives about surviving breast cancer end with the conclusion of chemotherapy and radiation, painting stereotypical portraits of triumphantly healthy survivors, women who not only survive but emerge better and stronger than before. Here, at last, survivors step out of the shadows and speak compellingly about their “real” stories, giving voice to the complicated, often painful realities of life after the cure.

This book received funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814707357
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
203
Sales rank:
1,444,035
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Patricia A. Ganz ix

Introduction 1

1 "Standing on New Ground" 19

2 "We Saved your Life. Now Leave Us the Hell Alone" 39

3 Remedying, Managing, and Making do 65

4 "Like Talking to a Wall" 81

5 Narrowed Lives 97

6 "Turning a Bad Experience into Something Good" 119

Conclusion 139

Epilogue 143

Appendix 149

Notes 153

Index 169

About the Authors 183

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