The Breast Cancer Companion: A Guide For The Newly Diagnosed

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Named a 2010 Best Consumer Health by the American Journal of Nursing

The Breast Cancer Companion is for the 2+ million women living with breast cancer in the US. It provides a step-by-step guide through the breast cancer treatment process guiding women towards a healthy outcome.

The book is full of health information, tips, questions, resources, and inspirational quotes from breast cancer survivors that will guide women through the treatment ...

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Overview

Named a 2010 Best Consumer Health by the American Journal of Nursing

The Breast Cancer Companion is for the 2+ million women living with breast cancer in the US. It provides a step-by-step guide through the breast cancer treatment process guiding women towards a healthy outcome.

The book is full of health information, tips, questions, resources, and inspirational quotes from breast cancer survivors that will guide women through the treatment process. It provides ample space and encouragement to record questions, thoughts and feelings, doctor's appointments, medications, and contact information for the oncology team and others. It covers myriad details often lost in the trauma and emotion of diagnosis and illness.

It will help women be well-organized and well-informed, and have peace of mind so that, so they have the time and energy to focus on what matters most: staying well and achieving a healthy outcome.

Special Features of the book include

  • A Calendar to plan and manage your schedule
  • A Directory to organize important contacts
  • Questions to ask your medical team
  • Tips and advice from breast cancer survivors to inspire other women
  • Ample space to reflect on your experience
  • A list of Resources and breast cancer-related organizations
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Editorial Reviews

Clifford A. Hudis
"This book will help patients newly diagnosed and struggling with the confusing array of terms, technologies, and choices before them. Organization is the first step to control and this book provides the means to get started." - Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

"This book is a wonderful and helpful resource for the woman with breast cancer. It is calming, positive and reassuring. I will recommend it to my patients." -John Link, M.D., Breast oncologist and author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual

"I wish The Breast Cancer Companion was available when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having this in hand would have simplified matters and made managing treatment far easier. I cannot recommend this enough to any woman diagnosed with breast cancer." - Maria T. Vargas, Pre-K Teacher, Rockefeller University Child and Family Center and breast cancer survivor

"This workbook for patients offers a wealth of tools for keeping track of doctor visits, medications, treatments, and expenses while surviving breast cancer, combined with advice on preparing for different types of treatment and suggestions for regaining health after treatment. There is also an overview of reconstruction and prosthesis and related intimacy issues. The bulk of the book contains forms for organizing the medical team's contacts, space for making notes on medical appointments, a calendar, and logs for keeping track of treatment history, medications, and lab tests. There are also forms for organizing insurance information and itemizing medical expenses. Peppered with boxed quotes from real survivors, the book includes a glossary and lists of books, magazines, organizations, and vendors. Sokolowski is co-founder of Norwalk Hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center. Rossi is co-author of a diabetes patient workbook."— Book News, Inc.

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Reviewer: Celeste Taylor-Ryman, BSN, CPON (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This guide for the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient includes a calendar for appointments, a directory for important contact information, and space for notes. The information is educational and supportive.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide guidance, organization, and timely insider tips for patients to help their breast cancer treatment and recovery go as smoothly and successfully as it possibly can. The authors meet their goals and provide a great informative vehicle that breast cancer patients can use to record important information and learn at the same time.
Audience: It is intended for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The authors are very experienced in this area and they present invaluable knowledge.
Features: The book systematically details the process of treatment of breast cancer from the diagnosis through treatment and follow-up. It also covers the holistic aspects of how patients can take care of themselves and their families. It is well organized, with room for notes and recording important information. An appendix explains terms that new patients may not understand.
Assessment: The quality of the information is excellent, and this guide will be valuable for the new breast cancer patient, helping to relieve anxiety and make a more educated patient experience. Physicians should make it available to their patients.
Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Celeste Taylor-Ryman, BSN, CPON (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This guide for the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient includes a calendar for appointments, a directory for important contact information, and space for notes. The information is educational and supportive.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide guidance, organization, and timely insider tips for patients to help their breast cancer treatment and recovery go as smoothly and successfully as it possibly can. The authors meet their goals and provide a great informative vehicle that breast cancer patients can use to record important information and learn at the same time.
Audience: It is intended for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The authors are very experienced in this area and they present invaluable knowledge.
Features: The book systematically details the process of treatment of breast cancer from the diagnosis through treatment and follow-up. It also covers the holistic aspects of how patients can take care of themselves and their families. It is well organized, with room for notes and recording important information. An appendix explains terms that new patients may not understand.
Assessment: The quality of the information is excellent, and this guide will be valuable for the new breast cancer patient, helping to relieve anxiety and make a more educated patient experience. Physicians should make it available to their patients.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Celeste Taylor-Ryman, BSN, CPON(University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This guide for the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient includes a calendar for appointments, a directory for important contact information, and space for notes. The information is educational and supportive.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide guidance, organization, and timely insider tips for patients to help their breast cancer treatment and recovery go as smoothly and successfully as it possibly can. The authors meet their goals and provide a great informative vehicle that breast cancer patients can use to record important information and learn at the same time.
Audience: It is intended for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The authors are very experienced in this area and they present invaluable knowledge.
Features: The book systematically details the process of treatment of breast cancer from the diagnosis through treatment and follow-up. It also covers the holistic aspects of how patients can take care of themselves and their families. It is well organized, with room for notes and recording important information. An appendix explains terms that new patients may not understand.
Assessment: The quality of the information is excellent, and this guide will be valuable for the new breast cancer patient, helping to relieve anxiety and make a more educated patient experience. Physicians should make it available to their patients.
From the Publisher
"This book will help patients newly diagnosed and struggling with the confusing array of terms, technologies, and choices before them. Organization is the first step to control and this book provides the means to get started"&#8212Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

“This book is a wonderful and helpful resource for the woman with breast cancer. It is calming, positive and reassuring. I will recommend it to my patients.”&#8212John Link, M.D., Breast oncologist and author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual

“I wish The Breast Cancer Companion was available when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having this in hand would have simplified matters and made managing treatment far easier. I cannot recommend this enough to any women diagnosed with breast cancer.”&#8212Maria T. Vargas, Pre-K Teacher, Rockefeller University Child and Family Center and breast cancer survivor

"This workbook for patients offers a wealth of tools for keeping track of doctor visits, medications, treatments, and expenses while surviving breast cancer, combined with advice on preparing for different types of treatment and suggestions for regaining health after treatment. There is also an overview of reconstruction and prosthesis and related intimacy issues. The bulk of the book contains forms for organizing the medical team's contacts, space for making notes on medical appointments, a calendar, and logs for keeping track of treatment history, medications, and lab tests. There are also forms for organizing insurance information and itemizing medical expenses. Peppered with boxed quotes from real survivors, the book includes a glossary and lists of books, magazines, organizations, and vendors. Sokolowski is co-founder of Norwalk Hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center. Rossi is co-author of a diabetes patient workbook."&#8212Book News, Inc

Library Journal
This workbook for breast cancer patients begins with a chapter titled "First Steps," covering the initial consultation, your paperwork and your team, the pathology report, and insurance. The text is broken up into easily digestible bites and lists, including what to bring to the hospital the day of your surgery. General collections will find this a difficult circulating item as the journal/calendar/planner pages are to be filled in by the reader. Recommended for comprehensive collections as a resource for the newly diagnosed. At this price, patients may want to purchase their own copies. Note: one of the resources listed, MAMM Magazine, was discontinued in 2009.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603996
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,377,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Sokolowski, RN, OCN, is a nationally recognized breast health specialist, with a 30-year career at Norwalk Hospital (a teaching affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine.) Nancy's role as the co-founder of the hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center and her pioneering role of "breast cancer navigator" assisting newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the myriad hospital services make her uniquely positioned to write the The Breast Cancer Companion.

Nancy was the recipient of the 2008 North East Region of the All for Her Award from Genentech, the drugmaker of Herceptin, a breast cancer treatment for women and she was also awarded the American Cancer Society's Star of Hope award for excellence in providing compassionate and skilled care for people facing cancer and her unyielding contribution to the cancer fight.

Valerie Rossi is co-author of the critically acclaimed My Diabetes Workbook: The Essential Planner and Organizer for People with Type 2 Diabetes, which was awarded the "favorably reviewed seal" by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and was a 2006 Benjamin Franklin award finalist in the health category. Valerie is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments xi

How to Make This Book Work For You xiii

First Steps 1

Before the First Consultation 3

Understanding the Pathology Report 9

Deciding on a Treatment Plan 13

Local Therapies 13

Systemic Therapies 15

Clinical Trials 17

Genetic Testing: Is It Right for Me? 19

For More Help With Making Your Treatment Decision 20

Second Opinion Guide 21

Prepare for Surgery 28

Prepare Your Home for Recovery After Surgery 29

Prepare for Chemotherapy 30

Managing Side Effects From Chemotherapy 32

The ABCs of Blood Cell Counts 34

Prepare for Radiation Treatments 35

Reconstruction and Prosthesis 37

I Have Kids! 39

I Have a Husband/Partner! 41

I Have a Job! 42

Recovery 43

Feel Better by Living Well 45

Follow Up With Your Doctors 47

Eat Well 48

Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs 50

Be Physically Active 52

Reduce Stress 54

Sexuality and Intimacy 56

My Team and My Plans 57

Team Directory 59

Panning Calendar 68

Journal and Appointment Notes 75

Thank You, Thank You! Journal 103

Record Keeping 107

My Medical History 110

Breast Cancer Treatment History 112

Medication Log 113

Medical and Lab Tests Record 117

Insurance Information and Medical Expenses? 121

Insurance Issues and Help 126

Medical Bills and Expenses Tracker 133

Resources 139

Information 141

Learn as Much as You Can 141

Magazines and books 142

Magazines 142

Bocks 143

Information and Support Organizations 144

Shopping! 146

Glossary 149

Index 157

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    The book every new breast cancer patient needs to carry with them!

    This is the perfect book for a new and overwhelmed breast cancer patient. It provides just enough information to help decipher the language of breast cancer and identifies valuable resources where someone can dig deeper where necessary. I love the format of serving as a workbook to keep track of important dates, information, and contact info. The tips throughout the book, including those from patients/survivors are fabulous. When first diagnosed, patients can feel like they've been thrown into a tornado. This book will help them keep focused on the goal: survival.

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