Called "the best of a recent flurry of books on breast cancer" in our starred review (LJ8/92), this title, by a medical oncologist and a surgical oncologist, respectively, gets its fifth revision to update treatments, statistics, and resources in order to help patients manage their disease better. With a foreword by Jane Brody, this is still highly recommended.
A popular book on prevention, detection, treatment, recovery and cure, detailing the therapy options and combinations. Gives resources available to women in the US and Canada. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this updated edition of a highly regarded resource, the authors — a
medical oncologist and a surgical oncologist — provide both the support
and every scrap of the information that a woman needs to get the right
treatment from the right doctor.The format is carefully organized and readable, covering all the details of diagnosis, treatment options, follow-up, recurrence and the social and emotional aspects of the disease. One especially valuable section demystifies the complicated system of cancer classification, standards that unfortunately vary from country to country, region to region and even from medical center to medical center. The explanations offered are easily understandable, covering essentials like the size of tumors, where they are attached, how doctors arrive at cancer's stages and how one can be assured that a lump is not cancer but a benign tumor or cyst, as 90 percent of such growths turn out to be.
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From the Publisher
“It should be required reading for everyone who is touched by the disease, whether personally or through a family member, friend, colleague, employee, or a patient diagnosed with breast cancer.... I can’t recommend it enough.”— Today’s OR Nurse
“These experts demystify breast cancer in understandable and compassionate terms.... Should help hundreds of thousands of women.”— James F. Holland, M.D. Chairman, Department of Neoplastic Diseases, Mount Sinai Medical Center
“Both timely and current — [It] discusses the most common cancer in women in a precise, clear, and positive way, providing essential information in a warm, supportive fashion in a readable and understandable format.”— Journal of the National Cancer Institute
“Comprehensive, up-to-date, and highly detailed ... From selecting the best doctors to describing procedures and treatments, the authors answer all possible questions in a calm, rational manner.... Highly recommended.”— Library Journal
“Every woman is touched by the reality of breast cancer — by the fear of it or the fact of it.... Drs. Pressman and Hirshaut have written the essential guide, one that should be required reading for every woman.”— Barbara Gordon author of I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can
“This is a humane, compassionate book which nonetheless manages to be straightforward and comprehensive; the authors have succeeded in addressing the many questions (and the fears) of breast cancer patients, and have done a thorough and sensitive job.”— Share