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"According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will have invasive breast cancer, but many will live at least 20 years after their diagnoses. Surgical breast oncologist Nathanson here celebrates that survival rate with 71 stories of breast cancer patients who beat the disease. These narratives describe the shock of diagnosis and the physical toll of treatment as well as the support of family and friends and spirituality. Some are written as the breast cancer cycle-detection, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation-with the patients' words interwoven with Nathanson's empathetic commentary. Six chapters are case studies of six different patients, including one man. Readers will also find coverage of the negative aspects of breast cancer, e.g., difficult interactions with healthcare professionals and the struggle to maintain one's everyday life while undergoing treatment. Encouraging readers not to see breast cancer as a death sentence, this book will comfort those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families and friends. Recommended for consumer health and public libraries."
"As I began this read I immediately knew this book would show the courage and fortitude of numerous women and men who looked death in the face, in the form of breast cancer, and won the battle….Doctor Nathanson, a surgeon who treats these women medically, saw the potential to help others as he often saw the miraculous happen as many of his patients rose up and triumphed over this enemy. Their stories, told in their words, reveal their fears, victories, defeats and hopes for the future. To me, it was an emotional read, one that caused me to stop and the be thankful I am not fighting this battle and one that will certainly strengthen those who are and give them the courage to press on. Very well written, thought provoking and tender read from the hearts of those in the know."
"Nathanson uses the narratives of male and female breast cancer survivors to help practitioners understand the qualitative end of their patients' experiences. He steps through the various phases we now associate with the cycle of care for breast cancer, including detection, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and, hopefully, the long road ahead after treatment. He also uses a number of case studies in which survivors recount their physical experiences and the means by which they gathered courage, strength, and a sense of self-healing, whether found in crisis and maintenance spirituality, the support of family and friends, or in alternate means such as positive self-feedback. The narratives are overwhelmingly in support of trust in the medical system, and the patients are keenly aware they will be survivors for the rest of their lives."
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