Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book

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The Fifth Edition of Dr. Susan Love's authoritative guide brings new optimism based on recent insights from basic science. First, not all breast cancers are the same. By determining which subtype a woman has, treatments can be personalized to match. This not only means better results but also ensures that women are able to avoid drugs that won't benefit them, and may even harm them.

A second big shift in understanding breast cancer is that cells do not function in isolation. ...

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Overview

The Fifth Edition of Dr. Susan Love's authoritative guide brings new optimism based on recent insights from basic science. First, not all breast cancers are the same. By determining which subtype a woman has, treatments can be personalized to match. This not only means better results but also ensures that women are able to avoid drugs that won't benefit them, and may even harm them.

A second big shift in understanding breast cancer is that cells do not function in isolation. More than a mutated cell is needed to develop cancer. The local environment, its neighborhood, must nourish it. A bad cell in a good neighborhood will usually stay dormant, but if the neighborhood changes, there is likely to be trouble. This finding has led to a whole new way to think about risk factors, screening, and treatment, resulting in both an improvement in survival and a better quality of life.

This fully updated and revised edition has been completely reorganized to reflect these and other promising changes in treating breast cancer. With clear, thorough explanations and her "reassuring and compassionate manner" (Journal of the American Medical Association), Dr. Love provides essential information and expert guidance to women facing a diagnosis, decisions about treatment, or concerns about prevention.

"...a premier resource updated to include the latest infor- mation on silicone implants, the reliability of mammograms & other imaging techniques, genectics, risk factors, hormone use, prevention of breast cancer, and much more."

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Editorial Reviews

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Library Journal, 8/2/10
“The woman who almost singlehandedly brought public attention to the mammillary part of our bodies keeps the updates coming. With studies and research advancing at warp speed, this latest tome addresses genetics, how the cell environment influences treatment, new imaging protocols, breast density considerations, and ‘personalized medicine,’ approaching each woman’s cancer individually. The review of the fourth edition said that no library should be without it. Ditto that.”

About.com
“Twenty years after the first edition, Dr. Love writes with optimism about advances in the science of breast cancer diagnosis…She won’t lead you astray. For newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients, this book is still a great guide.”
 

Heart & Soul, November 2010
“More than a bible for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s now also a guide for survivors, those at risk and anyone who wants to understand the environmental connection.”

Bookviews.com,
October 2010
“This is the bible on the topic… The sheer size of the book attests to the body of new knowledge that exists regarding prevention, diagnostic tools, and treatment options.”
 

Los AngelesTimes Magazine, October 2010
“the seminal work for any woman facing the disease.”
 

WashingtonPost, 10/12/10
“I was impressed by how plainly and intelligently Love…presented the research findings about mammography.”

Dayton
Daily News, 10/9/10
“[Love is a] breast cancer guru.”

Northern Virginia Magazine
, October 2010

“comprehensive and candid.”

Infodad.com, 10/14/10

“For women who have breast cancer—or simply want to know more about it to help a friend or a relative manage it—there has been no better source for the past 20 years than Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book…[Love] gives information and advice in forthright, plainspoken language…There is simply no more clear-headed and comprehensive guide to this often devastating disease than Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, and the new edition is the most information-packed one yet.”
 

January, October 2010
“An owner’s manual for breasts.”
 

Energy Times, November/December 2010
“The go-to guide for millions of women concerned about breast disorders—cancer in particular…A definitive resource…Present[s] technical information in clear prose meant to be understood by the average woman…Deserve[s] a place on every breast cancer patient’s bookshelf.”
 

Tucson Citizen, 11/8/10
“Striking a blow to the old approach that more is better, Dr. Love writes that it’s not just a matter of having cells with mutations of cancer but also an environment egging them on.”
 

MidwestBook Review, November 2010
“Many shifts in breast health science make this massive coverage a key acquisition for any health library.”
 

Los AngelesTimes, 11/22/10
“[Dr. Love is] one of the country's leading experts on breast cancer.”
 
Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise, 11/10/10
“Any woman facing a diagnosis, decisions about treatment or concerns about prevention will find in Dr. Love’s book the information, guidance and the reassurance she needs.”
 
Choice, April 2011
“A candid, authoritative, and splendidly well-written guide for women facing a diagnosis, decisions about treatment, and concerns about prevention of breast cancer…Highly recommended.”

More.com, 1/18/11
“Written by one of the nation's most trusted experts, [it] can help lessen the fear and confusion of a breast cancer diagnosis.”

Better Home and Gardens, October 2011
“They don’t call it ‘the bible of breast care’ for nothing.”

St. PetersburgTimes, 11/27/11
“An essential companion, with remarkably accessible information.”

Library Journal
The woman who almost singlehandedly brought public attention to the mammillary part of our bodies keeps the updates coming. With studies and research advancing at warp speed, this latest tome addresses genetics, how the cell environment influences treatment, new imaging protocols, breast density considerations, and "personalized medicine," approaching each woman's cancer individually. The review of the fourth edition (LJ 9/1/05) said that no library should be without it. Ditto that.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This second edition of Love and Lindsey's comprehensive 1990 title has been so thoroughly revised that, Love notes, only the anatomy chapter remains untouched: ``The breast, I'm glad to report, is still located on the chest!'' New information includes that on mammography screening, the breast cancer gene, the metastatic phase of breast cancer, the connection between mind and body, prevention and the importance of political awareness and action. Also updated are discussions of every conceivable aspect of the breast: from its health and development to such common concerns as normal tissue lumpiness and breast feeding, to issues surrounding breast cancer-its screening, diagnosis, causes, treatment, prevention and the directions of current research. Hormone therapy, silicone implants, breast biopsy, lumpectomy, reconstruction and bone-marrow transplants are also explained. With Lindsey (Friends as Family), Love, who is director of the Comprehensive Breast Center, associate professor of clinical surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and co-founder of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, offers a highly readable book that educates, supports and encourages women to become their own advocates of breast health. (June)
Booknews
A standard reference first published in 1990, newly revised to reflect the latest developments in breast care, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and research. In a warm, straightforward style, Dr. Love covers the healthy breast; common problems of the breast; diagnosis of breast problems; the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer; and living with breast cancer. Helpful diagrams and drawings clearly illustrate the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213590
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 71,370
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.95 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan M. Love, MD, MBA, is Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA and President and Medical Director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. A founder of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, she was appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board by President Clinton.

Karen Lindsey has coauthored all editions of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The Healthy Breast and Common Problems

1 The Breast and Its Development 3

2 Variations in Development and Plastic Surgery 39

3 Common Breast Problems 64

Part 2 What Causes Breast Cancer and How Do We Prevent it?

4 Understanding Biology and Risk 101

5 Risk Factors 136

6 Tests for Risk 163

7 Prevention and Risk Reduction 193

Part 3 Diagnosis and Screening

8 Diagnosis: Mammography, Ultrasound, MRI, and Biopsies 213

9 Screening 241

Part 4 Decisions

10 Introduction to Breast Cancer 257

11 What Kind of Breast Cancer Do I Have? 290

12 Decisions Regarding Treatment 322

13 Special Situations and Populations 363

Part 5 Treatment in the Age of Personalized Medicine

14 Surgery 405

15 Oncoplastic Surgery, Reconstruction and Prostheses 444

16 Radiation Therapy 472

17 Systemic Therapy 489

18 Lifestyle Changes and Complementary Treatments 518

19 After Treatment 535

Part 6 Recurrence

20 When Cancer Comes Back 575

21 Living with Recurrence 598

Epilogue: Eradicating Breast Cancer: Politics and Research 623

Appendices

A Drugs Used for Systemic Treatment of Breast Cancer 639

B Resources 643

C The Wellness Community Physician/Patient Statement 645

D Pathology Checklist 647

E General Physical Activities Defined by Level of Intensity 651

Glossary 659

Notes 669

Index 709

About the Authors 735

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Highly recommend that ALL women read this book!!!!

    Anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, has a family member or friend diagnosed with breast cancer should read this book. Quite frankly, considering that one in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, all women should probably read this book. It is clear concise and compassionate. Written for us lay persons, Dr. Susan Love explains breast health, breast cancer diagnosis and stages, treatment options and post-diagnosis support.
    I originally bought this book when diagnosed in 2000. I have bought it two more times since then to keep up to date on new research and findings. I donate my old copies to the local library.
    This book helped me turn from a 'victim' of breast cancer to a breast cancer 'survivor' because it helped me understand the disease and make educated decisions about my treatment as well as providing hope and courage to fight this insidious disease.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2010

    Unbelievably helpful!

    This book should be given to every patient diagnosed with breast cancer. You can read as much or as little as you want. It's good for those who want to know everything and also for those who just want to 'hunt and peck' for answers to some questions without being overwhelmed by it all. I can't begin to tell you how much it helped me and how much I admire this woman for the work she has done (and, No, I don't know her!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Fenomenal

    Every woman reading must!

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    was not sure if i wanted this book, but went to a support meetin

    was not sure if i wanted this book, but went to a support meeting last night and this is still called the #1 book to go to. am so happy to have a place to go and learn more .

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    Highly recommend

    For those who have been diagnosed or those who know somebody who has been diagnosed and wants to learn all they can, this book is for you. It's a large book with tons of information, and supports the theory that all breast cancers are different in everybody who is diagnosed. One shoe does not fit all.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    Great Book

    I really liked this book. I was able to find the specific information I wanted and not have to sift through the rest. And I wanted all the information: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Some people, including my doctor, have said it shares too much info, but I really liked it and was glad I didn't have to read 5 books to get all of this info.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book was the most informative book on breast cancer that I found after being diagnosed in late 2011. Dr. Love covers all the new research and everything she mentioned was in concurrence with my specialist breast surgeon and oncologists for chemotherapy and radiation. Of special interest was the Onctotype DX test. I had it done and for my particular cancer it showed that chemotherapy would not benefit me. I encourage all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to buy this book! READ IT COVER TO COVER... you won't regret being well informed by this highly respected doctor who has spent her life helping cancer research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Outstanding

    Much detailed information. Great resource

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    If you only buy one breast cancer book, this should be the one.

    I found this book when I was treating for stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer. I bought several others at the time, but this is the one that answered my questions and helped me understand what was going on, what my options were, what to expect during treatment, etc. the best. I referred to it throughout my cancer and found it a valuable tool. That was 6 years ago. Since then I have purchased numerous copies for friends, relatives and acquaintances who have had to battle breast cancer. Every single one of them found it as useful as I did. I was glad to save them the research of finding the best book.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    A must read if you have Breast Cancer or someone you know is dealing with it.

    Susan's book helps you get a handle on what you have and what will come next with your diagnosis. Easy to read demystfies the medical terminology.
    If you want to understand and be proactive in your treatment, then this is the book to have with you. Use it as a resource and read the chapters you need today. You will refer to it often. Don't go through Breast Cancer without it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Excellent book

    An excellent book for any woman (or the family and friends of a woman) facing breast cancer. It's very informative and gives you details about what to expect as you go through the maze of doctors and tests from early detection to surgery and chemo and beyond. I didn't hear about the book until after I had surgery. I wish I had had it from the very first doctors visit. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2009

    So useful!

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my doctor recommended I get this book to help take away the fear and mystery. Invaluable! I so highly recommend this book if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    An excellent resource for any woman.

    I recommend it for any woman hoping to learn more about her own body. It helped me over a rough patch of uncertainty, when I had to have a couple of biopsies. Thank goodness that were benign.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    A Must have book for your Mammaries!

    This book is informative, educational, well worth whatever you pay for it. It will give you peace of mind, by answering so many questions, not only for you, but for teenagers. This has been a great resource handbook for many questions for tests, biopsies, all types of questions. Great book to have on hand! I hated going to the library for all this personal stuff all the time getting out different medical texts for any tests or biopsies. This answers just about everything, and has quite a few diagrams also. Great reference tool.-LeighCN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    There's a better book out there!!!!!

    Anyone who has breast cancer should check out 'When it Happens to You: A Practical Guide through Breast Cancer' written by Dr. Earlene Dal Pozzo. It's much more concise and full of much more useful facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2000

    Susan Love keeps abreast of Cancer

    Dr. Love's book is very hepful, particularly if you've just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It's a rich, well researched and well thought-out book. She mentions Iscodor as an alternative medicine - In my experience, it really works wonders in conjunction with conventional therapies. Look into it, and read her book. It's very informative and explanatory, and helps you to make informed choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    The One to Get if You Get Breast Cancer

    I work at for two internist doctors. When it was discovered I had breast cancer, they gave me a stuffed bear - for hugging, a blanket - to keep me warm, and Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book - to help me through. One of the doctor's, and one of the nurses in the office, also had breast cancer, so for them to give me this book was itself a testament on the quality of the book. I used it not only to help me understand, but I would read from it, and use the pictures in it, to help me explain what type of breast cancer I had, and what I was going to go through, to my family and friends. Although I work in a medical office, and had wonderful support, the book has been through a lot. The best way to read the book, so that you do not overwhelm yourself with too much information, is to read the section of the book that is about the stage you are going through at the time. If you want to help people with breast cancer, but you don't have time to volunteer, I recommend doing what I did. I bought two copies of the book and then donated one to the Red Cross and one to The United Way to give to those woment who don't have the money to spend on a book, or who have the support that I had. It will help them.

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