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Women Confront Cancer: Twenty-One Leaders Making Medical History by Choosing Alternative and Complementary Therapies
     

Women Confront Cancer: Twenty-One Leaders Making Medical History by Choosing Alternative and Complementary Therapies

by Margaret Wooddell
 

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Each year hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with cancer, and more and more frequently, women are turning to alternative treatments to take control of their illnesses and their lives. Information, however, has been scarce for women navigating through conventional and unconventional medicine. Research funding continues to support traditional cancer

Overview

Each year hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with cancer, and more and more frequently, women are turning to alternative treatments to take control of their illnesses and their lives. Information, however, has been scarce for women navigating through conventional and unconventional medicine. Research funding continues to support traditional cancer therapies. Women Confront Cancer declares the need for new, less toxic therapies and diagnostic procedures.

For the first time, Women Confront Cancer unites the voices of women leaders who have breast, cervical, ovarian, and other cancers. Documenting the decision process, the choices, and the dilemmas these women faced as they chose alternative and complementary cancer treatments, a powerful unity emerges, pointing the way to the future of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer by less toxic methods. Ann Frahm, the author of A Cancer Battle Plan , Susan Moss, the author of Keep Your Breasts , and Cathy Hitchcock, coauthor of Breast Cancer , are only three of the leaders who relate their personal experiences with cancer. All of the women featured in Women Confront Cancer share how and why they created treatment programs that combine the best of conventional and unconventional approaches, and how it has improved their health and their lives.

A call for patients' rights, for policy reform in cancer research, for better information about both conventional and alternative medicine, Women Confront Cancer will be both a source of inspiration for women who have cancer and an aid for them in creating their own approach to healing.

* Did you know that October is [ NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH ] and

pink is the color that symbolizes breast cancer awareness?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Without telling us what we ought to do, these women make it clear what we can do: Remember that miracles do occur and that no one, not even orthodox medicine, has all the answers."

-Susun S. Weed,author of Breast Cancer? Breast Health!, The Wise Woman Way

" Women Confront Cancer offers more than case stories of hope triumphing over despair, more than options, alternatives and resources. Its message about individuality, empowerment and leadership makes it must reading for every woman diagnosed with cancer. Its quiet demand for medical freedom of choice and for a patient-driven shift in oncologic policy should be heard by every professional in the cancer field. If ever there was a time for this book, it is now."

-Susan Silberstein, Ph.D.,Executive Director of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education

"An outstanding contribution to the international debate over breast cancer. Women Confront Cancer not only focuses on exciting new non-conventional treatment options, but allows outspoken women cancer patients to describe their experiences and ordeals in their own words. A landmark in the struggle for patient autonomy."

-Ralph Moss, Ph.D.,author of The Cancer Industry

2 Stars from Doody
Kathleen O'Connell
This is a collection of different women's experienceswith conventional and alternative/complementary medicine. The purposeis to present stories and information regarding patients' experienceswith breast cancer with conventional and alternative/complementarymedicine. This is a worthy objective. The personal stories at timesseemed more emotional than objective. This book is targeted at alarge audience of patients, doctors, health professionals, andadvocates, according to the editors. The contributors interviewed thepatients and did not attach any follow-up documentation of data thatshould be available to the medical community, Medical, psychosocial,and political aspects of breast cancer care are discussed. The bestaspects of the book are the personal reflections. The women seem quitecompassionate. The main shortcoming is the misleading data onconventional medical intervention. Alternative/complementary therapiescan be presented in a positive way alongside modern, conventionalmedicine. The women's stories about their breast cancer experiencesportray conventional medicine in a very negative light. The concludingchapter attempts to analyze both aspects of breast care, but it is notenough. Women need to decide on their care with strong, accurateinformation. My fear is that women will not heed the warnings againstusing this book for medical advice. It needs added accurateresearch-based information to back up each chaptertopic.
Library Journal
A collection of profiles of women with breast and other cancers, this work stems from research funded by the National Cancer Institute to study the public's understanding of science. The selected women represent "the opinion leaders in the intersecting worlds of cancer, advocacy, the women's health movement and alternative/complementary medicine." Informal and open-ended interviews, based on a uniform series of questions, include personal experiences, how decisions were made, what role science or other factors played, advice for other women, and personal opinions on cancer research and publicly funded organizations. Written by a research biochemist (Wooddell) and a professor of anthropology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Hess), the book is informative but easy to read and even personable. Often-quoted references include Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book (LJ 6/1/95) and Susan Weed's Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree, 1996). As a call for patients' rights and partnership in medical care, this work is recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.--Virginia Lingle, Hershey Medical Ctr. Lib., Pennsylvania State Univ., Hershey
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Kathleen O'Connell, MSW (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is a collection of different women's experiences with conventional and alternative/complementary medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to present stories and information regarding patients' experiences with breast cancer with conventional and alternative/complementary medicine. This is a worthy objective. The personal stories at times seemed more emotional than objective.
Audience: This book is targeted at a large audience of patients, doctors, health professionals, and advocates, according to the editors. The contributors interviewed the patients and did not attach any follow-up documentation of data that should be available to the medical community,
Features: Medical, psychosocial, and political aspects of breast cancer care are discussed. The best aspects of the book are the personal reflections. The women seem quite compassionate. The main shortcoming is the misleading data on conventional medical intervention. Alternative/complementary therapies can be presented in a positive way alongside modern, conventional medicine.
Assessment: The women's stories about their breast cancer experiences portray conventional medicine in a very negative light. The concluding chapter attempts to analyze both aspects of breast care, but it is not enough. Women need to decide on their care with strong, accurate information. My fear is that women will not heed the warnings against using this book for medical advice. It needs added accurate research-based information to back up each chapter topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814735862
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are Saying About This

Ralph Moss
An outstanding contribution to the international debate over breast cancer. Women Confront Cancer not only focuses on exciting new non-conventional treatment options, but allows outspoken women cancer patients to describe their experiences and ordeals in their own words. A landmard in the struggle for patient autonomy.
— Ralph Moss, Ph.D., author of The Cancer Industry
Susun S. Weed
Without telling us what we ought to do, these women make it clear what we can do: Remember that miracles do occur and that no one, not even orthodox medicine, has all the answers. (Susun S. Weed, author of Breast Cancer? Breast Health!, The Wise Woman Way.)
From the Publisher

"An outstanding contribution to the international debate over breast cancer. Women Confront Cancer not only focuses on exciting new non-conventional treatment options, but allows outspoken women cancer patients to describe their experiences and ordeals in their own words. A landmard in the struggle for patient autonomy."

-Ralph Moss, Ph.D.,author of The Cancer Industry

"Without telling us what we ought to do, these women make it clear what we can do: Remember that miracles do occur and that no one, not even orthodox medicine, has all the answers."

-Susun S. Weed,author of Breast Cancer? Breast Health!, The Wise Woman Way

"Women Confront Cancer offers more than case stories of hope triumphing over despair, more than options, alternatives and resources. Its message about individuality, empowerment and leadership makes it must reading for every woman diagnosed with cancer. Its quiet demand for medical freedom of choice and for a patient-driven shift in oncologic policy should be heard by every professional in the cancer field. If ever there was a time for this book, it is now."

-Susan Silberstein, Ph.D.,Executive Director of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education

Susan Silberstein
Women Confront Cancer offers more than case stories of hope triumphing over despair, more than options, alternatives and resources. Its message about individuality, empowerment and leadership makes it must reading for every woman diagnosed with cancer. Its quiet demand for medical freedom of choice and for a patient-driven shift in oncologic policy should be heard by every professional in the cancer field. If ever there was a time for this book, it is now."
— Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education

Meet the Author

Margaret J. Wooddell was a research biochemist for Burroughs Wellcome Company. She is a doctoral candidate at Rensselar Polytechnic Institute.

David J. Hess is Professor of Anthropology in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His books include Science Studies: An Advanced Introduction (also available from NYU Press), Science in the New Age and Science and Technology in a Multicultural World .

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