Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions [NOOK Book]


The first guide to all surgical and nonsurgical options for women with a high risk for breast cancer.

Advances in genetic testing and risk assessment have changed the face of medicine, but with them ...
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The first guide to all surgical and nonsurgical options for women with a high risk for breast cancer.

Advances in genetic testing and risk assessment have changed the face of medicine, but with them has
come a Pandora's box of dilemmas. Imagine discovering you had a significant risk for developing breast cancer.
What would you do?

Through the incredible true stories of five young friends, as well as interviews with
more than seventy top breast cancer experts, health writer Dina Roth Port addresses the universal questions of
women everywhere who have watched family members suffer from the disease and wondered, "Am I next?" Full of
practical information, Previvors is the first comprehensive book to guide women through the difficult
process of determining their risk, weighing the options, and coping with the emotions of deciding to undergo
surgery. Readers will learn:

•The pros and cons of getting tested for the BRCA gene

•How to
decide between surgical or nonsurgical options

•The latest research in breast cancer surveillance

•The advanced new world of breast reconstruction

•How to overcome body image and sex
issues post-surgery, and more

From navigating health insurance coverage to finding the right medical
team, Previvors is an invaluable resource for women facing decisions about their risk and future

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Health writer and former Parenting staffer Roth Port provides invaluable information in her excellent reference for "previvors"--people with a predisposition to develop breast cancer. Using the stories of five women who made the gut-wrenching decision to have prophylactic mastectomies (one, at high risk of ovarian cancer, also opted for removal of her ovaries), Roth Port provides a step-by-step guide to the factors affecting one's cancer risk, including the breast cancer genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2; weighing the options for dealing with that risk--scans, "chemoprevention" (e.g., with tamoxifen), surgery; calculating the cost of treatments; and confronting the physical and psychological conditions each alternative might bring. The choice, Roth Port argues, is personal. And that's where Lisa, Mayde, Amy, Rori, and Suzanne--who all lost their own mothers to breast cancer at a young age--offer roadmaps for "previvors." This book, they say, is the one they wish they and their mothers could have had. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Five women who tested positive for a genetic predisposition to breast cancer had prophylactic bilateral mastectomies to reduce their chances of getting the disease. Here, they offer a support group for women who have access to the latest technology in genetic testing and still must make life-altering decisions based on that information. These "previvors" put forth their stories as a guide and succor for others. With the same girl's club vibe as Nordie's at Noon (LJ 9/1/06), this title is an eye-opener for all health collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101443910
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 280 KB

Meet the Author

Dina Roth Port served as an assistant health editor at Glamour magazine and as an editor at Parenting. Now a full-time freelance writer, she lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Chapter 1 previvors 1

Chapter 2 living in fear 7

Chapter 3 what's my risk? 25

Chapter 4 to test or not to test 45

Chapter 5 weighing the options: nonsurgical 57

Chapter 6 weighing the options: surgical 73

Chapter 7 money matters 91

Chapter 8 a controversial decision 109

Chapter 9 defusing the time bomb: a step-by-step guide to prophylactic surgery 121

Chapter 10 love, sex, and babies 153

Chapter 11 breast obsession and body image 171

Chapter 12 the hidden killer in men 189

Chapter 13 a mother's legacy 197

Chapter 14 a promising future 211

Afterword 231

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 243

Resources 255

Index 259

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2010

    Beautiful story

    A beautiful story about five courageous women. A must read for anyone who has or knows someone who has breast cancer. Despite the grim topic, the intertwined stories make it easy to read.
    To the five women, thank you for sharing your stories with the world

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    A must read for breast cancer patients and their families

    I lost a wife to breast cancer when she was only 41, and my three children lost their dear mother. She valiantly fought it for seven years. It was devastating time for our family of five, and I don't want to see other people experience what we endured. PREVIVORS will help readers make the right decisions and empower them to overcome the grief that my family suffered. This book is packed with valuable information you need to know to make informed decisions and it is written in a style that makes it an enjoyable book to read. It profiles five "previvors," all vibrant women who refused to give in to cancer--and they beat it! You are going to love meeting Amy, Lisa, Mayde, Rori and Suzzane.

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