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The Breast Cancer Book

A Trusted Guide for You and Your Loved Ones
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Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be scary and confusing. There are medical terms to learn, options to consider, and important decisions to make, all while trying to carry on with work, family, and life. The Breast Cancer Book cant reverse a diagnosis or make breast cancer disappear, but every page can inform and empower you or your loved ones, no matter where you are in the breast cancer experience. Written by three trusted experts-an oncologist, a breast surgeon, and a two-time breast cancer survivor-this multidisciplinary book walks you through everything you need to know about breast cancer so that you can make the best decisions about diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. In plain, easy-to-understand language that illuminates all the facets of this disease, the authors draw on their professional experience and the most current scientific knowledge to * describe the risk factors for breast cancer; * explain the various tests used to detect cancer; * clarify the full range of treatment options, from surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to newer combination therapies; * provide insight from experts in genetics, radiation oncology, and breast reconstruction; * present inspirational true stories of breast cancer survivors; and * simplify complex concepts with detailed graphics, tables, illustrations, and photographs. A crash course on breast cancer that will help get you or anyone you love through the physical and emotional challenges of the disease, The Breast Cancer Book will also help readers communicate with their cancer team. Packed with information, this compassionate guide is the most up-to-date book available.

Kenneth D. Miller, MD (BALTIMORE, MD), a medical oncologist at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, is the past director of outpatient oncology at the University of Marylands Greenebaum Cancer Center. He is the editor of Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment: Medical Specialists and Cancer Survivors Tell You What You Need to Know. Melissa Camp, MD, MPH (BALTIMORE, MD) is a breast surgical oncologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Freelance writer Kathy Steligo (SAN CARLOS, CA), a two-time breast cancer survivor, is the author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook and the coauthor of Confronting Chronic Pain and Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer.

List of Tables Introduction A Message of Hope Part One. Understanding Breast Cancer 1. What Is Cancer? 2. Breast Cancer Basics 3. Demystifying Breast Cancer Risk 4. Strategies to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer 5. Hereditary Breast Cancer Part Two. Finding Breast Cancer and Dealing with a Diagnosis 6. Screening Tools and Technologies 7. Making a Diagnosis 8. After a Diagnosis: Charting a Course and Assembling Your Team Part Three. Understanding Treatment Choices and Making Decisions 9. Local Therapy: Breast Cancer Surgery 10. Radiation Therapy 11. Rebuilding Your Breasts after Mastectomy 12. Treating Noninvasive Breast Cancer: Ductal Carcinoma In Situ 13. Reducing the Risk of Recurrence: Systemic Therapies for Invasive Breast Cancer 14. Cancer Again: Treating Local or Regional Recurrence 15. Treating Metastatic Breast Cancer 16. Considering Breast Cancer Clinical Trials 17. Treating Less Common Types of Breast Cancers and Male Breast Cancer Part Four. Finding Answers 18. Managing Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects 19. Complementary, Integrative, and Alternative Medicine 20. Meeting the Emotional Challenges of Breast Cancer 21. Family Matters during and after Breast Cancer 22. Insurance and Money Matters during Breast Cancer Treatment Part Five. Moving On 23. Supportive Care and Symptom Management for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer 24. Living Well beyond Cancer: Healthy Breast Cancer Survivorship Resources Glossary Index

A comprehensive, down-to-earth guide for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer.

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