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The Breast Cancer Companion
Kathy Latour / 1994

In 1993, over 175,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Guided by her own experience with breast cancer, Kathy LaTour has put together a groundbreaking, comprehensive book that addresses each and every issue associated with the disease, both medical and emotional. "A must-read for women."--San Francisco Chronicle.

Offering up-to-date supportive information on all aspects of breast cancer, a step-by-step guide explores the complex process of discovery and treatment, including getting a diagnosis and second opinion, insurance, and living as a cancer survivor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher
The only step-by-step guide through the process of discovery and treatment of breast cancer--by two nationally recognized breast cancer activists. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Breast Cancer Handbook: Taking Control After You've Found a Lump
Joan Swirsky, Barbara Balaban / 1998

Breast Cancer Journal: A Century of Petals
Juliet Wittman / 1993

Following her diagnosis of breast cancer, Wittman was suddenly thrown into the world of the ill. Given little time to consider options, she had to make decisions about her treatment that will have far-reaching consequences. Her book is not about breast cancer as cold statistics or medically prescribed treatment regimens--it is about a woman's life.

Breast Cancer Survivors' Club : A Nurse's Experience
Lillie Shockney / 1997

Coping With Lymphedema : Practical Guide to Understanding, Treating, and Living With Lymphedema
Joan Swirsky and Diane Sackett Nannery / 1998

More than 100 million people around the world suffer from lymphedema, a painful, chronic swelling of the limbs and, sometimes, other areas of the body. At least five percent of women who undergo lymph-node surgery for breast cancer treatment will experience it. Written by a breast cancer survivor and a nurse, Coping with Lymphedema fills a definite need, with facts about diagnostic tests; manual lymph drainage and complete decongestive physiotherapy (CDP); medications, including antibiotics, steroids, and benzopyrones; compression garments; and experimental treatments, including acupuncture, biofeedback, meditation, and herbal medicine.

The authors also debate the merits of various lymphedema therapists, from chiropractors and physiatrists to osteopaths. There's also plenty of information about natural diuretics, important nutrients, helpful exercises for reducing pain and increasing mobility, and methods for handling depression and self-image troubles. More than 100 resources and lists of phone numbers for support groups in most states further the usefulness of this clearly written, comprehensive reference.

A cautionary tale about American medicine's experimentation with female hormones, this balanced book chronicles the 60-year attempt to "cure" menopause with estrogen and the 40-year history of chemical contraception, weighing the pros and cons of estrogen use and allowing women to make informed decisions about their bodies.

Estrogen and Breast Cancer: A Warning to Women
Carol Ann Rinzler / 1996

Examining Myself: One Woman's Story of Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery
Musa Mayer / 1994

The author, Musa Mayer , September 23, 1996
Read what other women with breast cancer say about this book
"The very best book anybody has ever written about what it is like to have breast cancer." --Linda Ellerbee, TV Producer and BC Survivor.... "Examining Myself is required reading for the woman who has taken the bold step of confronting her breast cancer head on and permitting it to reach her heart and soul." --Amy Langer, Executive Director, NABCO National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations.... "Besides offering unobtrusive practical information, the story and language--the entire style of the narrative--has enormous grace and power as well as compelling insight." --Joann Schellenbach, Director, Media Relations, American Cancer Society.... "A deeply personal account, written with such skill and power that it grabs you from the first few pages and holds you in its grasp...Many of us have read a number of accounts of women and their experiences with breast cancer; this one is truly different and very much worth reading." --Breast Cancer Action Newsletter.... "In my clinical practice I have worked with hundreds of women with breast cancer. In "Examining Myself" I heard echoes of their thoughts and feelings on every page, expressed in Musa Mayer's concise and elegant workds. I intend to recommend it colleagues, patients, and their families and friends." --Page Tolbert, CSW, Cancer Care, Inc....

The worst scars of breast cancer come not from facing death or disfigurement, but from "the psychological and emotional impact of the disease, its treatments, and the attitudes of our culture toward women's breasts," says breast-cancer survivor Elaine Ratner. Yet those are the issues that physicians and books help with least. Ratner starts with a list of 18 insights that she wishes someone had taught her earlier, such as "Expectations influence outcome," "A one-breasted body isn't ugly, just different," "Losing a breast doesn't have to affect your sex life," and "If you want things to change, you have to speak up."

The Feisty Woman's Breast Cancer Book
Elaine Ratner / 1999

Journey Unknown : Focusing on the Emotional Aspects of Cancer, Mastectomy and Chemotherapy
Margaret Phalor Schrof / 1988

About the Author
Life's journey sent Margaret Barnhart on a search for identity and control. As a child, a daughter, and a sister, she explored and challenged. The years of education included advanced degrees in Elementary Education (Capital University), Guidance and Counseling (Miami University), and Art Therapy (Wright State University). The 28 years of her first marriage included mothering two sons, many household moves to accommodate her husband's job desires, full time work in various school systems, and extensive travel. The accumulation of wisdom and experience seemed to be an adequate structure for her religious beliefs and value system. However, chaos resulted when she encountered unemployment, lost self-esteem, and became depressed. Her energies were devoured by breast cancer and its treatments. At the present time, Mrs. Barnhart is a 12 year cancer survivor, remarried, retired, and recently moved to Arizona. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

"Breast cancer is never completely over," says author Marisa C. Weiss, M.D., a radiation oncologist. Even when x-rays are negative and doctors proclaim remission, breast-cancer survivors often suffer from continued health problems along with elevated levels of anxiety, and the specter of recurrence is just a small part of the picture.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins has won endorsements from both Bernie Siegel and former surgeon general C. Everett Koop. It deftly and with compassion maps out a guide for going back to a "normal" life: for handling fears of recurrence and worries that family members will develop breast cancer and for managing physical posttreatment problems, including the lingering side effects of radiation, fertility difficulties, changes in sex drive, and feelings of unattractiveness.


Living Beyond Breast Cancer : A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins
Marisa C. Weiss, Ellen Weiss / 1998

My Mother's Breast; Daughters Face Their Mothers' Cancer
Laurie Tarkan / 1999

Publishers Weekly, 4/19/99
Tarkan, a health and medical writers, 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...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...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 and extensive resources section.

Book Description
An excellent resource on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Presents the affirmations and stories of 14 women who have battled breast cancer and survived. Includes a wealth of medical information and in-depth diagrams about breast cancer with portions devoted to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

The "Breast Cancer Lighthouse" CD-ROM


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