Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment

Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment

by Vladimir Lange


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981948904
Publisher: Lange Productions
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1

Introduction to the Fifth Edition 3

A Twenty Year Retrospective 3

How to Use This Book 4

Facts to Remember About Cancer 6

Chapter 1 Facing Breast Cancer 7

Understanding Your Feelings 7

Communicating With Others 8

Assembling Your Support Network 16

Support Groups 16

Your Healthcare Team 17

Gathering Information 19

Overview of Treatment Options 20

Chapter 2 Breast Cancer Basics 23

Breast Anatomy and Function 23

How Breasts Grow and Change 25

What is Breast Cancer? 25

Types of Breast Cancer 28

How Cancer Spreads 30

Chapter 3 Diagnosis and Staging 31

Diagnosis 31

Tumor Testing 32

The Pathology Report 34

Additional Tests 35

Staging 36

Chapter 4 Surgery 39

Lumpectomy 40

Is Lumpectomy Right for Me? 43

Mastectomy 45

Immediate Reconstruction 48

Recovery After Mastectomy 48

Exercises After Mastectomy 50

Is Mastectomy Right for Me? 51

Lumpectomy or Mastectomy? 52

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection 54

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy 55

Chapter 5 Reconstruction 57

Reconstruction Options 58

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon 58

Reconstruction With Implants 59

Reconstruction With Your Own Tissues 62

Which is Right for Me? 67

External Breast Forms 68

Chapter 6 Radiation Therapy 69

What is Radiation Therapy? 69

External Beam Radiation Therapy 70

How Treatment is Given 71

Side Effects of External Beam Radiation Therapy 72

Brachytherapy 74

Chapter 7 Chemotherapy 75

What is Chemotherapy? 76

How Chemotherapy Works 78

How Chemotherapy is Given 79

Side Effects of Chemotherapy 81

Other Side Effects 87

Common Chemotherapy Drugs 90

Chapter 8 Hormone Therapy 91

How Does Hormone Therapy Work? 92

SideEffects of Hormone Therapy 93

Who Should Be Treated? 94

Chapter 9 Targeted Therapy 95

Herceptin 95

Side Effects of Targeted Therapy 97

The Future 97

Chapter 10 Complementary and Alternative Therapies 98

Complementary Therapies 99

Alternative Treatments 103

Chapter 11 DCIS 104

What is DCIS? 104

Mastectomy or Lumpectomy? 105

Radiation Therapy or Not? 105

Treatment of DCIS 106

Your Team 106

Chapter 12 Clinical Trials 107

How are Trials Conducted? 108

Participating in a Trial 109

Is a Trial Right for Me? 110

Chapter 13 Life After Cancer 111

Emotional Recovery 111

Clinical Depression 113

Physical Recovery 113

Intimacy and Sexuality 117

Side Effects of Treatment 118

Fertility 118

Resuming Sexual Activity 119

Single After Breast Cancer 120

Being a Young Survivor 122

Getting Involved 124

Recommendations for Your Family Members 124

Genetic Testing 125

Chapter 14 A Guide for Your Partner 126

What is Breast Cancer? 127

Understanding Your Feelings 127

What Do I Do Now? 129

What She Needs from You 130

Meeting Your Own Needs 135

Chapter 15 Advanced Breast Cancer 138

Recurrent Breast Cancer 138

Treatment of Advanced / Metastatic Breast Cancer 139

Coping with Advanced Breast Cancer 141

Resources 142

General Resources 142

Appearance 150

Professional Organizations 151

Library 152

Books and Pamphlets 152

Videos and DVD's 155

Glossary 158

Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Providers 162

Index 174

What People are Saying About This

"A rare combination of facts and feelings written with clarity and heartwarming compassion!"
Author Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul

Lillouise Rogers

"Be a Survivor book with DVD are a wonderful resource with a wealth of information for patient education."
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization

Merle O'Rourke Thompson

"In my years of reviewing books for this journal, this is by far the best book I have seen for excellent diagrams"
Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Candace Moorman

"This is not just another book on breast cancer. I wish I¹d had a reference like this when I was diagnosed"
MPH, California Department of Health Services

Diane Blum

"An extraordinarily comprehensive, sensitive, and practical guide for women with breast cancer and anyone who cares for them."
MSW, CancerCare

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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Excellent Overview and shallow dive on the subject. Don't buy this book - because there is a newer, updated version about to be released on July 1, 2015. However, if you get it as a gift, as I did, you will get a LOT out of it, and I suspect, even more from the newer version. It's not a deep dive, but a thorough if shallow overview of all the areas a breast cancer soon-to-be-survivor must face: Facing Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Basics, Diagnosis and Staging, Surgery, Reconstruction, Radiation, Chemotherapy, Hormone Treatment, Targeted Therapy, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, DCIS, Clinical Trials, Life After Cancer, A Guide for your Partner, Advanced Breast Cancer, and a fabulous reference section. Although I've read other books on the subject, this one still presented information in a way that was highly readable and easy to digest, and I learned things (or perhaps, recognized them via this presentation) that I had not gleaned from my other readings. If you or a loved one is facing breast cancer, I highly recommend the newest version of this book.