Taking Charge of Breast Cancer

Front Cover
University of California Press, Apr 7, 2008 - Social Science - 336 pages
Vividly showcasing diverse voices and experiences, this book illuminates an all-too-common experience by exploring how women respond to a diagnosis of breast cancer. Drawing from interviews in which women describe their journeys from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, Julia A. Ericksen explores topics ranging from women's trust in their doctors to their feelings about appearance and sexuality. She includes the experiences of women who do not put their faith in traditional medicine as well as those who do, and she takes a look at the long-term consequences of this disease. What emerges from her powerful and often moving account is a compelling picture of how cultural messages about breast cancer shape women's ideas about their illness, how breast cancer affects their relationships with friends and family, why some of them become activists, and more. Ericksen, herself a breast cancer survivor, has written an accessible book that reveals much about the ways in which we narrate our illnesses and about how these narratives shape the paths we travel once diagnosed.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Telling Stories
13
2 Following the Doctors Orders
38
3 Patients and Doctors as Partners
63
4 Faith in the Ultimate Authority
100
5 Opposing the Mainstream
124
6 The Assault on the Breast
154
7 Bodies after Cancer
181
8 Breast Cancer Activism Education and Support
205
Conclusion
233
Notes
259
Bibliography
293
Index
307
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 306 - Yadlon, S. (1997). Skinny women and good mothers: The rhetoric of risk, control and culpability in the production of knowledge about breast cancer.

About the author (2008)

Julia A. Ericksen is Professor of Sociology at Temple University and author, with Sally Steffen, of Kiss and Tell: Surveying Sex in the Twentieth Century.

Bibliographic information