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If you suspect that you may have breast cancer you will experience a mixture of emotions: fear and worry, anger and confusion. If you have been diagnosed, you will inevitably think, "Why me?". As the news sinks in and you come to deal with the cancer, further questions will arise.
This book provides comprehensive and reassuring answers to over 350 questions asked by real people about all aspects of breast cancer. It covers the things that you may have forgotten to ask your doctor and will help you to understand and come to terms with a disease that will be unique to you.
- Medically accurate information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer
- Guidance on the various forms of treatment and care, including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy
- Information about complementary therapies
- Practical advice about managing life with and after cancer – diet, exercise, work, finances
- Answers to questions about relationships, family and where to turn for help
- Is breast cancer becoming more common?
- Does soy help protect against breast cancer?
- What symptoms of breast cancer should I look out for?
- Why do people with the same with the same diagnosis all have different tests?
- I have been told I have grade 3 breast cancer. What does this mean?
- I'm worried about having an implant. Is it safe?
- I'm about to start a course of chemotherapy. What will actually happen?
- I'm thinking about taking part in a new drug trial. What should I know about the research?
- Can acupuncture be used to treat breast cancer?
- The nurse mentioned lympheodema. What is it exactly?
- I'm 48 and have just been told I have breast cancer. What should I tell my children?
- Can I get life insurance if I've had breast cancer?
- I really can't stop thinking that my cancer will come back. Does this worry ever go away?
Table of Contents:
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 What is breast cancer?
Part 3 Symptoms, screening and investigations
Part 4 Treatment and care
Part 5 Complementary therapies
Part 6 Immediately after treatment
Part 7 Life with and after breast cancer
Part 8 The future
.."with the help of this book, women, their families and friends now have at their fingertips first class information about the disease and how to combat it."
Diana Moran, The Green Goddess
"This is a book for everyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer."
Professor Ian Smith, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Royal Marsden NHS Trust
About the Authors:
Dr Emma Pennery PhD, MSc, RGN is Clinical Director at the national charity Breast Cancer Care. She has been a breast cancer specialist nurse for 16 years. She lectures widely on breast cancer and regularly acts as an expert consultant for national and international clinical, research and nursing initiatives.
Val Speechley MA, RGN, RCNT, Oncology Nursing Certificate, has worked in cancer care for over 30 years, most recently as Macmillan Information and Support Manager for the South West London Cancer Network. She is currently working as a freelance writer.
Maxine Rosenfield NSc, Dip. Couns, Dip. Training and Learning Development, worked as a radiation therapist before developing and managing a UK national cancer helpline in the mid 1980's. Today, based in Sydney, she works as a trainer, consultant and counsellor specialising in communication skills.