Understanding Breast Cancer, Understanding Breast Cancer
Understanding Illness & Health 1. Aufl.
Two decades ago, a diagnosis of breast cancer meant only one thing: mastectomy. A revolution in treatment has given those now afflicted a choice of treatment options far beyond this draconian cure-all. Written by a noted health journalist and former patient, Understanding Breast Cancer offers reliable, up-to-date information on today's most effective treatments. With insights and advice from breast cancer patients who experienced different diagnoses and levels of treatment, Joy Ogden candidly shows how an informed and proactive approach can turn a cancer patient into one of a legion of cancer survivors.
About the author vii Acknowledgements ix 1 Introduction 1 2 What is breast cancer? 3 3 Who gets it? What are the risk factors? 9 4 Symptoms and diagnosis 19 5 Psychological impact – coming to terms with breast cancer 29 6 The role of family, friends and health professionals 41 7 What are the treatment options? 49 8 Surgery 59 9 Breast reconstruction or prosthesis? 71 10 Radiotherapy 77 11 Chemotherapy 85 12 Hormonal therapies and immunotherapy 97 13 Breast cancer, pregnancy and fertility 103 14 How does it feel to live with breast cancer? 109 15 Complementary therapies, holistic practice and diet 115 16 Frequently asked questions 125 Glossary 129 Useful addresses and contacts 133 References 139 Index 141
"This [book] feels fresh and up to date. I would definitely recommend it." (Macmillan Cancer Support, 2008/2009) "Despite a plethora of breast cancer books, this one feels fresh and up-to-date. I would definitely recommend it." (MacMillan Cancer Care Directory, 2007/2008) "...buy this book if you are concerned...all you need to know presented clearly and without jargon..." (www.family2000.org.uk, 12/5/2004) "...brimful with up-to-the-minute facts...well researched...certainly a book that practitioners can recommend..." (British Naturopathic Journal, v.21, 2004) "...language is accessible...placing emphasis on what is considered important for the reader..." (Nursing Standard, September 04) "…includes essential information and practical advice on coping with every aspect of breast cancer..." (A Directory of Information Materials For People With Cancer, No.5, 2004/2005)
Joy Ogden is a health journalist who use her own encounter with breast cancer to answer the questions of others in a similar situation. She talks to many such women, and men, about their experiences of diagnosis and treatment, and includes their stories here.
Learning that you have breast cancer is a shocking experience. Not only are people fearful of their future, they are also faced with difficult choices about treatment and worries about its impact on themselves, their family and friends. Understanding Breast Cancer includes essential information and practical advice on coping with every aspect of breast cancer, including: The treatment options available. Coming to terms with the psychological impact. Breast reconstruction and prostheses. Complementary therapies and diet. Breast cancer, pregnancy and fertility. Joy Ogden is a health journalist who uses her own encounter with breast cancer to answer the questions of others in a similar situation. She talks to many such women, and men, about their experiences of diagnosis and treatment, and includes their stories here.