A medically sound, digestible reference guide to understanding, treating and coping with breast cancer.
Esteemed Mayo Clinic oncologists Charles Loprinzi and Lynn Hartmann are the adroit medical duo behind these encyclopedic chapters, which range from the intricate science behind cancer formation to treatments, side effects and the emotional fallout of the breast cancer experience. They begin with the basics, explaining what cancer is (“characterized by the overgrowth of abnormal cells”), the process of how it occurs (years can pass before becoming detectable), risk factors (including surprising myths) and progressive drug treatment options that can result in increasingly optimistic remission statistics. The text is further enhanced with color graphics, charts, computer- and microscopically generated imagery, and poignant personal stories from survivors. The authors explore the sensitivity of breast cancer from a medical perspective but also address a woman’s post-diagnosis emotional and physical vulnerability. Loprinzi and Hartmann offer reliable counsel on mammograms, symptoms to be watchful for, cancer prevention, and both medicinal and holistic treatment strategies. For women intimidated by procedures like mammograms, biopsies, radiation and chemotherapy, the authors’ approach is patient and worry-free. The closing chapters include valuable resource references and assistance specifically targeting partners of women with breast cancer.
An empowering tool that soothes the sting and shock of a cancer diagnosis with up-to-date information and physician-supported advice.