Straight Talk About Breast Cancer: From Diagnosis to Recovery / Edition 3

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If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, perhaps you're still coping with the emotions that often follow a cancer diagnosis. And, you probably have questions. How extensive is the cancer? Will you need a mastectomy...chemotherapy...radiation therapy? Author Suzanne Braddock, M.D., a breast cancer survivor, understands how you feel. Even though she is a physician, she was filled with emotions and questions when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Once recovered from a double mastectomy and chemotherapy, Dr. Braddock was determined to write a book that would provide women with answers to the pressing questions they often have after a breast cancer diagnosis. In Straight Talk about Breast Cancer, she and her coauthors cover topics such as:

After diagnosis...determining type and stage of cancer

Coping emotionally

Surgery-mastectomy and lumpectomy

Radiation therapy-external and internal approaches

Systemic therapy-chemotherapy, hormonal, and targeted

Treatment side effects

Breast reconstruction (eight pages of patient photos)

Follow-up care

Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment!

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"Covers every aspect of breast cancer . . . accessible and up-to-date . . . recommended for most patient health libraries."  —Library Journal

Library Journal
Dermatologist and 18-year breast cancer survivor Braddock joins with plastic surgeon John J. Edney, general/oncological surgeon Jane Kercher, and writer Melanie Morrissey Clark to update and expand this 1994 text. This accessible title includes the latest treatment and pharmacological options. With sidebars and highlighted tips. (2d ed., LJ 9/1/02)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886039766
  • Publisher: Addicus Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Addicus Nonfiction Bks.
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne W. Braddock, MD, is a breast cancer survivor and a dermatologist. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska. Jane M. Kercher, MD, is a general and oncological surgeon. She lives in Littleton, Colorado. John J. Edney, MD, is a plastic surgeon specializing in postmastectomy breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska. Melanie Morrissey Clark is the editor in chief of Today’s Omaha Woman and the coauthor of The Fertility Handbook. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Understanding Breast Cancer 1

2 Getting a Diagnosis 9

3 Coping Emotionally 33

4 Surgery for Breast Cancer 48

5 Breast Reconstruction 65

6 Radiation Therapy 88

7 Systemic Therapy 96

8 If Cancer Recurs 110

Resources 121

Glossary 127

Index 144

About the Authors 153

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