Gilda's Disease: Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer

Gilda's Disease: Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer

by M. Steven Piver, Gene Wilder
     
 

The first book on ovarian cancer for the general reader, this is a comprehensive, compassionate look at a disease millions of people first became aware of with the tragic death of comedienne Gilda Radner in 1989. Dr. Piver, a leading cancer surgeon, discusses the causes of ovarian cancer, preventative measures, classic signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and

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The first book on ovarian cancer for the general reader, this is a comprehensive, compassionate look at a disease millions of people first became aware of with the tragic death of comedienne Gilda Radner in 1989. Dr. Piver, a leading cancer surgeon, discusses the causes of ovarian cancer, preventative measures, classic signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and genetic screening, the different types of ovarian cancer, the four stages in the disease's progression, and the most effective treatments. Gene Wilder's intimate commentary, letters from Gilda's fans, and excerpts from her book, It's Always Something, bring a personal perspective to Dr. Piver's expert medical advice.

This remarkable collaboration will help women feel more hopeful, and less scared and alone, when faced with ovarian cancer.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
This touching book should be of great help to women with ovarian cancer and to their closest friends and family.
Ladies Home Journal
Ovarian cancer is not so silent. Gilda's Disease gives worried women a clear, specific update on the illness's risk factors, causes, stages, treatments and the tests that can diagnose it. This book also cites a study showing that symptoms do, in fact, appear early.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After the death of comedienne Gilda Radner from ovarian cancer in 1989, her husband, Gene Wilder, contacted Piver, chief of gynecological oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., to learn more about the disease that killed his wife. In this overview of ovarian cancer, Piver outlines known causes, preventive measures, symptoms and available treatments for this disease. Interspersed with the medical information are excerpts from Radner's book, It's Always Something, written when she was under treatment; personal comments by Wilder; and letters from other women who have been treated for this condition. Because in its early stages, ovarian cancer can be symptom-free, this straightforward, textbook-like presentation is useful. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.) FYI: All royalties will be contributed to two agencies for women with ovarian cancer: Gilda's Club and the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767901383
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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