Breast Cancer: The Facts You Need to Know about Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond

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Firefly Books, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 152 pages

One in eight American women will learn that she has breast cancer. While survival rates are improving, the diagnosis still wreaks havoc on their lives and families. A complex illness, breast cancer affects all aspects of a woman's life: her physical health and future wellbeing, her primary relationships, her children, her self-esteem, her sexuality.

This informative book serves to enlighten and empower women who have breast cancer, while providing valuable information and insight for those who love them. The book's topics include:

  • Finding out you have breast cancer
  • How to get help and find information
  • Working with your doctor
  • The emotional aspects of the disease
  • Treatment options: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
  • Physical side effects of treatment
  • Nurturing yourself and your relationships
  • Follow-up care
  • What to expect after treatment ends
  • Recurrence

Written with honesty and compassion, this book offers women and those who love them a blueprint for taking a proactive part in their treatment and healing.

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Kelly, breast cancer survivor and president of PISCES (Partnering in Self-Help Community Education and Support), with Levine, a medical oncologist in Hamilton, Ont., has compiled a bare-bones treatise ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Pat Kelly is president of PISCES - Partnering in Self-help Community Education and Support - established in 1994 to provide training, education and consulting services to self-help groups. She is the founder of the Ontario Breast Cancer Support and Resource Centre (Willow), which set the standard in providing support and resources to women with breast cancer. Kelly has been a keynote speaker at many conferences throughout North America and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs.

Mark Levine, MD, MSC, FRCP(C), is a medical oncologist at the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre. He is both a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. Levine holds the Buffett Taylor Chair in Breast Cancer Research at McMaster University.

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