Breast Cancer Basics and Beyond: Treatments, Resources, Self-help, Good News, Updates

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Hunter House, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 366 pages
For most women and their families, a diagnosis of breast cancer is both devastating and confusing. Questions about the disease -- its cause, treatment, and prognosis -- can be overwhelming at such a difficult time. By gathering together all the latest information available on the subject, this book helps women better understand their illness and enables them to make knowledgeable choices about their care. Among topics discussed are the pros and cons of different treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy; breast reconstruction; recurrence rates; building a support team; follow-up care; and life after cancer. The book also explores current issues such as emerging therapies and examines possible links with obesity, ethnicity, and environmental factors. Top breast cancer specialists and researchers offer comments and testimony, and personal stories from breast cancer survivors provide heartening reminders that the reader is not alone.

This is a serious breast cancer book for the woman or professional who wants to know all of the latest information from a reliable source.

 

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Contents

Diagnosis
7
A Postdiagnosis Checklist
42
Facts Fiction and Urban Legends
68
Types of Breast Cancer
89
A Primer on Risks Part I Age Genes
124
A Primer on Risks Part II Obesity Hormone
156
Surgery
174
Radiation Therapy Medicines HighEnergy
207
Hormone Therapy Counteracting Estrogen
265
Recurrence If Breast Cancer Comes Back
282
A Final Word Life Beyond the Odyssey
292
Researching Breast Cancer
304
Notes
310
Resources
321
Index
355
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Chemotherapy
233

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