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The new generation breast cancer book : how to navigate your diagnosis and treatment options--and remain optimistic--in an age of information overload
The new generation breast cancer book : how to navigate your diagnosis and treatment options--and remain optimistic--in an age of information overload
Port, Elisa.
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Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
Physical Description:
xix, 298 pages ; 24 cm
"From an expert in the field comes the definitive guide to managing breast cancer in the information age--a comprehensive resource for diagnosis, treatment, and peace of mind. The breast cancer cure rate is at an all-time high, and so is the information--and misinformation--available to patients and their families. Online searches can lead to unreliable sources, leaving even the most resilient patient feeling uneasy and uncertain about her diagnosis, treatment options, doctors, side effects, and recovery. Adding to a patient's anxiety is input from well-meaning friends and family, with stories, worries, and opinions to share, sometimes without knowing the details of her particular case, when in reality breast cancer treatment has gone well beyond a "one size fits all" approach. Elisa Port, MD, FACS, chief of breast surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital and co-director of the Dubin Breast Center in Manhattan, offers an optimistic antidote to the ocean of Web data on screening, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Inside you'll discover the various scenarios when mammograms indicate the need for a biopsy the questions to ask about surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and breast reconstruction the important things to look for when deciding where to get care the key to deciphering complicated pathology reports and avoiding confusion the facts on genetic testing and the breast cancer genes: BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 the best resources and advice for those supporting someone with breast cancer From innovations in breast cancer screening and evaluating results to post-treatment medications and living as a breast cancer survivor, Dr. Elisa Port describes every possible test and every type of doctor visit, providing a comprehensive, empathetic guide that every newly diagnosed woman (and her family) will want to have at her side. Advance praise for The New Generation Breast Cancer Book "Elisa Port, M.D., is the doctor every patient deserves: brilliant and compassionate. Her book will be a sanity saver and, quite possibly, a life saver."--Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy "The New Generation Breast Cancer Book helps you sort through all the information you've gathered, make sense of the terminology, consider the options, and make the right decisions for your unique case."--Edie Falco "A lifeline for many women in need of today's most up-to-date choices for treatment. Everyone should read this book for themselves, their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and friends."--Kara DioGuardi, Grammy-nominated songwriter, music executive, and Arthouse Entertainment co-founder"--
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Includes index.
What every woman should know: the risks we all face, the rewards we get from screening and prevention -- Figuring out if there is a problem and the "B" word: when "we just need to take another look" turns into a biopsy -- When "positive" is a negative thing: the first steps to take when cancer is diagnosed -- Putting together your team: it starts with the surgeon -- Understanding your diagnosis: what you have and what it really means -- One of the biggest decisions: lumpectomy versus mastectomy -- Reconstruction: better options than ever before -- Decoding your pathology report: what matters and what doesn't -- Chemo, medication, and all the options: when you need to see a medical oncologist -- Radiation: if all the cancer was removed with surgery, why do we need it? -- Sign me up: when participating in research or a clinical trial today might give you the best treatment of tomorrow -- Recovery after treatment: ongoing care -- Lifestyle factors: what do diet, stress, alcohol, and smoking have to do with breast cancer? -- Alternative and complementary medicine: where do they fit in? -- Cancer is a family affair...: and what are those genes that everyone keeps talking about? -- Yes, men can get breast cancer too: less information, but also less information overload -- Breast cancer during pregnancy, and pregnancy after breast cancer: both can happen -- Recurrence: devastation and finding hope -- The 10 percent: when all else fails -- The future: moving forward with hope and optimism -- Appendix 1: some of the most common breast cancer myths-and the truth -- Appendix 2: frequently asked questions: friends and family.
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