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My mother's breast : daughters face their mother's cancer
Tarkan, Laurie.
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Publication Information:
Dallas, TX : Taylor Pub. Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
xx, 220 pages ; 23 cm
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RC280.B8 T36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Focusing on the unique psychological needs of women who must deal with the pain and devastation of a mother's breast cancer while repressing their fears for their own health, Tarkan profiles a wide range of women who have witnessed the effects of breast cancer.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Tarkan, a health and medical writer, describes the emotional turmoil and special concerns of daughters whose mothers have been diagnosed with breast cancer, drawing upon the personal reflections of those same women. According to Tarkan, the way daughters are affected by their mothers' breast cancer is as varied as the women themselves. While some of these daughters deal with their mother's cancer with optimism and hope, others fall into a deep depression, and several go so far as to avoid their mothers altogether. Many daughters become overly concerned about their own mortality, knowing that they are at a higher risk for developing the disease. Mothers describe their own hopes, fears and concerns about their daughters, who, most often, have cared for them during the course of their disease. To help these daughters help themselves, Tarkan gives information culled from cancer experts and other health-care professionals on the real risks associated with breast cancer and reducing that risk, when possible. Whatever the individual approach to therapy, Tarkan highly recommends participation in support groups. A sensitive discussion on whether daughters should be genetically tested for breast cancer and an emphasis on the need to take emotional as well as physical care of oneself makes this important reading for daughters as well as their families and friends. Also useful are Tarkan's glossary of procedures, terms used when dealing with breast cancer and frequently used chemotherapeutics, plus an extensive resource section. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Award-winning journalist Tarkan (Self, McCalls) tries here to help daughters of women diagnosed with breast cancer deal with the changes that come with their mothers illness or death, changes that can affect an already fragile mother/daughter relationship. Her book is split into two parts. Part 1 features 16 women whose stories, divided into subject-related chapters (e.g., Mothering Mom, Adolescent Angst, Depression and Fear), encompass the mother/daughter breast cancer scenario. Clinical commentary from professionals makes these accounts less compelling and less cathartic than many cancer narratives; readers will more readily identify with Gayle Feldmans You Dont Have To Be Your Mother (LJ 2/15/94). Part 2 discusses stratagems for daughters who fear their own illness and mortality and stresses the basics of early detection, getting all available information on treatments and therapies, and coping. This second section is informative, but whole books on the subject (e.g., Joseph Keons The Truth About Breast Cancer: A 7-Step Prevention Plan, LJ 10/15/98) are more so. A secondary purchase for psychotherapists, social workers, and counselors of women with breast cancer and their families and for larger public libraries and inclusive patient-health/psychology collections.Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.