Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment: Medical Specialists and Cancer Survivors Tell You What You Need to Know

Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment: Medical Specialists and Cancer Survivors Tell You What You Need to Know

by Kenneth D. Miller
     
 

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A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. The disease is frightening and the medical landscape confusing. In the wake of fear and confusion comes the need to make decisions about treatment. This book provides women with medically reliable and up-to-date information to help them with these decisions.

Within these pages is a team of private consultants—

Overview

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. The disease is frightening and the medical landscape confusing. In the wake of fear and confusion comes the need to make decisions about treatment. This book provides women with medically reliable and up-to-date information to help them with these decisions.

Within these pages is a team of private consultants—including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, and women who have faced breast cancer—each of whom offers sound advice and valuable insight. In addition to describing surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and breast reconstruction, the medical experts clarify choices and offer support, while breast cancer survivors tell their own stories of pain, perseverance, and triumph.

Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment is a rare blend of medical expertise and compelling personal accounts that empowers those with breast cancer to meet the disease with confidence, knowledge, and hope.

Editorial Reviews

Health for Women
Finally—one-stop reading for any woman facing breast cancer.

American Journal for Nurse Practitioners
More than a standard reference guide... this book arms readers with knowledge, confidence, and hope as they begin their journey from sickness to health.

Women & Cancer magazine
A resource that combines medical expertise with emotional insight in a valuable and educational way for women at any stage of the breast cancer journey.

Choice

Appropriate for all women, their family members and friends, physicians, and other care providers.

Midwest Book Review
Highly recommended to every woman... and for community library health shelves in general.

CancerForum
This book provides a good overview about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment... A good reference book providing both factual and emotional insights into the breat cancer journey.

— Jo Beven

Foreword - Olivia Boler
An indispensable resource for any breast cancer patient or a patient's friends and family.

Consumer Connection - Sheila Thomas
There is a great deal of very detailed information in this book.

MAMM - Jody Rosen Knower
This step-by-step guide offers newly diagnosed patients a path through the complex and often overwhelming array of information and decisions... helpful charts and illustrations accompany clearly presented medical information, all conveyed in an inclusive, supportive tone.

Informa Healthcare - Christina I. Herold
This fine book achieves the goal of providing clear and relevant medical information and guidance from specialists in order to help patients make treatment decisions. In addition, through the narratives of both patients and physicians, it will likely provide inspiration and hope to women who are confronting the challenge of breast cancer.

Oncology Nursing Forum - Rachel Benz
Well written and very understandable for the lay audience.

CancerForum - Jo Beven
This book provides a good overview about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment... A good reference book providing both factual and emotional insights into the breat cancer journey.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Heidi H Richardson, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This book provides newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with medical facts, descriptions of treatment options, and tips from breast cancer survivors.
Purpose: It assists patients in understanding their treatment options in order to better prepare them to make important decisions regarding their care. The author does an excellent job of describing breast cancer in layman's terms and incorporating accounts from breast cancer survivors.
Audience: The editor is a medical oncologist at the Yale Cancer Center and is the husband of a cancer survivor. The other contributors include medical oncologists, breast surgeons, radiation oncologists, and reconstructive surgeons, as well as breast cancer survivors. Although intended for breast cancer patients, it is also an excellent resource for family members of breast cancer patients as well as women at high risk for the development of breast cancer.
Features: Organized into five sections, this book begins with an overview of breast cancer. This is followed by a discussion of treatment options, the experience of having breast cancer, and narratives from breast cancer survivors, concluding with narratives from healthcare professionals who also had breast cancer. These personal accounts provide important information about the emotional aspects associated with a diagnosis of breast cancer and may help women better anticipate the difficulties of their journey.
Assessment: This is a useful book for patients and their families as it provides a good description of treatment options as well as tips from breast cancer survivors.
Publishers Weekly

Miller, an oncologist and director of the Yale Cancer Center Survivorship Program, presents a unique and indispensable book for women facing breast cancer, which features individual chapters written by medical experts and breast cancer survivors. Asserting that "knowledgeable people make different choices, for different reasons," Miller's overarching message is that each woman is unique, as is her experience with this life-threatening disease. Because there are so many potential scenarios-based upon the tumor's size, the stage of cancer, etc.-treatment options vary, and women must decide which route to take in a timely fashion while simultaneously confronting their fears. Miller's approach provides the reader with the sense that she's had a private and unhurried consultation with each specialist: medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons. In addition the book includes personal accounts of survivors who have faced an array of experiences, from the woman whose mammogram reveals a lump just weeks before her wedding to the breast cancer statistician who is diagnosed with the very disease she is studying. This collection will help to fortify women making tough choices, offering invaluable information along with hope. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

In 2007, there were over 170,000 new breast cancer cases, so the need for up-to-date resources continues. Drawing on the expertise of private consultants, this five-part book edited by Miller (medicine & oncology, Yale Cancer Ctr.) succeeds at being an authoritative resource for a wide audience: women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer and even those with metastatic cancer. The first two parts introduce breast cancer and its treatments; the last three parts deal with the personal experience of breast cancer. Various chapters profile doctors in specialties related to breast cancer such as radiation oncologists and plastic surgeons-there is even a chapter about doctors who are breast cancer survivors. This book effectively illustrates the disease's complexity. Readers will see how women made choices based on what was best for themselves, not on statistics. The illustrations are helpful in demonstrating how breast cancer forms and the surgical procedures. Although medical terms are defined in different sections, a glossary would have been helpful. Highly recommended for consumer health and public libraries.
—Rebecca Raszewski

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801886850
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
484,098
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Donald R. Lannin

This excellent book provides just the right mixture of accurate medical information and insight and emotions from breast cancer survivors who share their own experiences. This combination will help women with breast cancer make informed decisions about their medical treatment and will also help them cope with the fears, frustrations, and other emotions of their journey.

Donald R. Lannin, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Executive Director, Yale–New Haven Breast Center

Julie K. Silver

Dr. Miller has a wealth of experience as a medical oncologist and a keen understanding as a compassionate physician of the difficult choices that face women diagnosed with breast cancer. Miller wisely combines the voices and expertise of breast cancer survivors and the doctors who care for them. This book paves the way for women who want a clear understanding of their options in order to astutely make what may be the most important decisions of their lives.

Julie K. Silver, M.D., Harvard Medical School, author of After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger

Meet the Author

Kenneth D. Miller, M.D., a practicing medical oncologist, is an assistant professor of medicine and oncology at the Yale Cancer Center, Yale School of Medicine. He serves as the director of the Connecticut Challenge Survivorship Clinic and of the Supportive Care Program at Yale Cancer Center.

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