Breast Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know about Cancer Detection, Treatment, and Prevention

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Breast cancer affects one out of every nine women. The Breast Sourcebook examines the physical, emotional and political dimensions of breast cancer and takes the reader through the whole treatment process.

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Overview

Breast cancer affects one out of every nine women. The Breast Sourcebook examines the physical, emotional and political dimensions of breast cancer and takes the reader through the whole treatment process.

"Discusses risk factors, prevention, detection, types of cancer, treatment options, prevention, diet, infections, complementary medicines, reconstruction, & palliative care ...also discusses life after surgery & family issues."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737302493
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction: This is Not the Book I Originally Wrote 1
Chapter 1 Who Gets Breast Cancer, and Why? 5
Reviewing the Known Risk Factors 6
A Disturbing Theory: Environmental Estrogens 38
When Should You Go for Risk Counseling? 47
Chapter 2 Is It Cancer? 51
How Your Breast Works 51
Harmless Breast Conditions 55
Infections 59
Lumps and Bumps 65
Screening for Breast Cancer and Suspicious Lumps 74
Chapter 3 When They Say It's Malignant 91
What Is Cancer? 92
Types of Breast Cancer 99
Dealing with Diagnosis...and Doctors 107
Treatment Decisions 122
Chapter 4 Life After Surgery 133
How Do You Feel? 134
Adjuvant Therapy 140
Now What? 166
Chapter 5 Reconstruction and Alternatives 171
Reconstruction and the Civil War 172
Implant-Free Reconstruction 178
A Consumer's Guide to Breast Implants 185
Alternatives to Reconstruction 194
Making an Informed Decision 198
Chapter 6 Friends and Lovers 201
The Spousal Scene 202
Loving a Woman with Breast Cancer 205
Making Love Again 209
Fertility after Breast Cancer 212
Chapter 7 All about Complementary Medicine 215
The Qi to Life 216
You Can Have Your Herbs and Surgery, Too 219
The A to Z of Complementary Medicine 222
Chapter 8 The Second Time Around 235
The Risk of Recurrence 235
Dealing with Diagnosis--Again! 241
Treating a Local Recurrence 243
Metastatic Disease 245
Chapter 9 Palliative Care 251
Treating the Symptoms: Palliative Care 252
When Pain Hurts 255
Issues Surrounding Narcotics 258
Issues Surrounding End-Stage Cancer 260
Chapter 10 What about Prevention? 263
The Role of Diet 264
Making Changes 273
What About Environmental Toxins? 279
Medical Prevention Strategies 285
Breast Cancer Education 293
Glossary 299
Appendix "Breastcancer.com" Where to go for more information 309
United States 309
General Information 309
Breast Specialists 311
Database Services 311
Finances and Insurance 311
Hair Loss 312
Hotlines 312
Lymphedema 313
Mammography Guidelines 313
Palliative Care 313
Pesticides 313
Prescriptions by Mail Order 313
Prosthesis 313
Psychosocial Support 314
Reconstruction 314
Risk Counseling 314
Screening 314
Sex and Breast Cancer 314
Canada 315
National 315
Provinicial 316
Breast Cancer Advocacy and Support Groups 320
International 320
United States 320
Web Sites 323
Bibliography 325
Index 347
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