Breast Cancer Answers: Practical Tips and Personal Advice from a Survivor

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Listo Publications, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
Judy King has walked the path, seen the benefits, and dealt with the limits of the medical establishment's approach to breast cancer. Now she has written the book she wishes she had, one that will help the newly diagnosed understand the ins and outs of a wide variety of procedures and stages of the journey, as well as where to look for help from within and outside traditional medicine. Breast Cancer Answers is not a panacea, but it will certainly ease the burden of the hundreds of thousands who will, unfortunately, join her journey.


Many breast cancer books and Websites offer limited help, but none compiles the wisdom of so many cancer survivors and experts into an easy-to-search reference book like Breast Cancer Answers. This book tells you how to deal with work concerns, insurance and relational issues, special nutritional and emotional needs, and side effects of treatments. Like a trusted confidant, it addresses topics you may be embarrassed to discuss with your doctor or even your best friend, such as depression and changes in sexuality.


Three years of research, interviews with experts, a caring support group, conversations with dozens of breast cancer patients, and Judy's own experience provide the abundant help found in Breast Cancer Answers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
11
General Questions about Breast Caneer
13
Maximizing Treatment
21
Managing Side Effects
97
What Else Can I Do?
177
ComplementaryAlternative Therapies
179
Handling Your Emotions
209
Money Matters Financial Concerns
247
Looking Good
271
Getting Back in Shape
287
Starting Over Again
299
Conclusion
343
Notes
345
Resources
353
Index
373
About the Author
384

Insurance and Workplace Issues
249
Concerns of Special Populations
263

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About the author (2004)

By training, a journalist. By chance, a breast cancer patient. By grace, a survivor. Thats the way Judy King summarizes her path that led to this book.After earning a bachelor of journalism degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Judy worked as a book editor, public relations professional, newspaper reporter, and freelance writer. Breast Cancer Answers is her fifth book. She owns Judy King Editorial Services in Houston, Texas.When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, she quickly had to become educated about the disease because her insurance company refused to send her to an oncologist and insisted she have an immediate mastectomy. Always one to get second opinions on major medical decisions, Judy sought the opinion of three breast cancer specialists and learned that, for her particular circumstances, chemotherapy was the place to begin. After chemo she had surgery, radiation, and hormonal therapy. Then two years later metastasis to the bone was discovered.All through treatment Judy researched issues, attended support group meetings and conferences to hear the concerns and experiences of other survivors, and was an active participant in her treatment decisions. As she visited with other patients, she discovered that the same questions were asked and she realized she could apply her training in writing to share information she had gathered and benefited from. After four years of research and consultations with experts in many fields, she compiled the book she wishes she had had when she was first going through treatment.Besides sharing her hard-won knowledge about breast cancer and helping other authors polish their work, Judy enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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