Take Charge of Your Breast Cancer: A Guide to Getting the Best Possible Treatment

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Macmillan, Oct 2, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 189 pages
From a leading specialist, an empowering new book that gives breast cancer patients the confidence and knowledge to seek the treatment that is right for them

According to Dr. John Link, most women diagnosed with breast cancer today are not getting the proper treatment for their disease. Many are being undertreated, while others are being needlessly overtreated. In this follow-up book to his successful The Breast Cancer Survival Manual, Link now shows women how to be their own best advocate in getting the proper care. In this empowering book, he gives women the information and resources they need to be proactive about their cancer, and ultimately to help pursue a course of treatment that will leave them with the fewest physical or emotional scars. Through true stories of his own patients and information on the latest medical advances, Link helps women to understand the potential risks and benefits of various treatments. An openminded and experienced oncologist, he addresses everything from the decision to seek a second opinion, to the question of patient-doctor trust, to discerning under- or overtreatment, to alternative and integrative medical therapies. Take Charge of Your Breast Cancer offers an important new approach that puts the power in the hands of the patient.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 You Are in Charge
7
2 Demystifying the Disease
17
3 Look before You Leap
30
4 Treating the Whole Woman
46
5 Your Doctor Is Human Too
52
6 Survival
59
7 Saving Your Breast
68
11 Never Again
113
12 The Mind Is a Powerful Thing
118
13 Faith Healing and Miracles
126
14 Life with Breast Cancer
136
15 Renewing Your Sexuality
150
16 Ikiru To Live
156
A Final Thought
161
References
163

8 Weighing the Risk
78
9 The New Era Genetics and Breast Cancer
97
10 The New Agents
105
Resources
169
Index
181
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About the author (2002)

John Link, M.D., is the medical director of one of the leading breast cancer treatment centers in Southern California. He has been honored by the American Cancer Society for his committment to the treatment of and cure for breast cancer. He is the author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual (0-8050-6400-1). He lives in Southern California.

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