The Breast Cancer Answers Book

Author: M. C. Facs Harness
ISBN: 9780692565339
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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BREAST CANCER IS NOT YOUR LIFE. You hear the words of your diagnosis, "You have breast cancer." Your anxiety is now reality. Your world seems suddenly overwhelmed, unpredictable. With the jolting label you did not seek, breast cancer is now a part of your life. Yet breast cancer is not your life. MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DIAGNOSIS. Call upon the strength of your femininity to gain information strength over the words you just heard. TURN TO INTELLIGENCE. Based upon decades of patient treatment and medical exper- tise--for the first time in a how-to source co-authored by patient and physician--The Breast Cancer Answers Book offers you wisdom into how "breast cancer" is in fact a variety of diseases, insight into your specific form of breast cancer, why time is your friend, your treatment choices, the roles of each doctor and professional on your medical team, and the power you possess in treating your disease and your body. Answer your unasked question. Just as you may be treated so that your breast is surgically recon- structed--how may you achieve Emotional Reconstruction(R) over breast cancer? Here for the first time is your answer.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Author: Marisa Weiss
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0307767302
Format: PDF, Docs
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"How can I know if I'm really cured?" "Will anyone ever be attracted to me again?" "Will I ever get to enjoy sex again?" "It is safe for me to get pregnant?" "How do I live well beyond menopause without estrogen replacement therapy?" "What do I tell my boss?" "My daughter wants to know if she's going to get breast cancer too. What should I tell her?" If you are one of the 2.6 million women in the U.S. living beyond breast cancer, these may be some of the questions troubling you. You've been through diagnosis and treatment; now you're ready to move from "I have breast cancer" back to "I am leading a normal life." Living Beyond Breast Cancer will help you understand and manage the tough issues you face as you go on beyond treatment, and well into the future. You'll learn how to become as healthy as possible for as long as possible by eating right, managing your weight, and finding an exercise program that works with your lifestyle. You'll find out what to do if you've got to stop taking hormones or want to start. You may also need advice on achieving intimacy and having a baby. You'll also find invaluable guidance on growing older and navigating troubling symptoms of menopause, particularly when they're brought on by chemotherapy or tamoxifen or by stopping hormone replacement therapy. A normal life includes dealing with job and health care issues and wills. So you'll find in-depth information on these subjects too. You're a survivor, and you've got a future. This empathetic book, filled with comprehensive medical information, practical advice, and the voices of survivors who have lived through everything you're going through, will help you celebrate your second chance at living beyond breast cancer. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook

Author: Kathy Steligo
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421422964
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Since 2002, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has been the best resource on this topic for women who have had a mastectomy. Equal parts science and support, it is filled with stories that illustrate the emotional and physical components of breast reconstruction. Kathy Steligo, a gifted writer and breast cancer survivor who has twice had breast reconstruction, compassionately answers women’s questions about how they will respond emotionally and physically to losing a breast, whether to treat or prevent breast cancer. Steligo provides detailed descriptions of the various surgical options for mastectomy and reconstruction, as well as information on choosing and paying for a surgeon, preparing for and recovering from surgery, and handling the many practical details and difficult decisions women will face along the way. A road map of the mastectomy and reconstruction journey, this book gives women the comprehensive, unbiased details they need to make their own informed decisions about whether reconstruction—and which reconstructive option—is right for them. Readers learn how breasts can be recreated using implants or their own tissue and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Surgery timelines, recovery, and potential problems (and how they can be resolved) are also explained. A new foreword by Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, MD, of the PRMA Plastic Surgery Center for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, highlights the book’s strengths and offers a medical perspective on breast cancer and reconstructive surgery. The extensively updated text includes new discussions of• innovative reconstructive procedures• contralateral mastectomy• the benefits and limitations of nipple- and areola-sparing mastectomies• nipple delay procedure• patient-controlled tissue expansion• cohesive gel silicone implants• microsurgical advances that improve tissue flap procedures• fat grafting• nipple reconstruction• nipple and areola tattooing• reconstruction with the BRAVA system• pregnancy after TRAM• male mastectomy and reconstruction• decision making and solving cosmetic and medical post-op problems• surgical procedures that reduce the risk of cancer• the latest research data on mastectomy and reconstruction• and much more

Safety of Silicone Breast Implants

Author: Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309157404
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The Dow Corning case raised serious questions about the safety of silicone breast implants and about larger issues of medical device testing and patient education. Safety of Silicone Breast Implants presents a well-documented, thoughtful exploration of the safety of these devices, drawing conclusions from the available research base and suggesting further questions to be answered. This book also examines the sensitive issues surrounding women's decisions about implants. In reaching conclusions, the committee reviews: The history of the silicone breast implant and the development of its chemistry. The wide variety of U.S.-made implants and their regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. Frequency and consequences of local complications from implants. The evidence for and against links between implants and autoimmune disorders, connective tissue disease, neurological problems, silicone in breast milk, or a proposed new syndrome. Evidence that implants may be associated with lower frequencies of breast cancer. Safety of Silicone Breast Implants provides a comprehensive, well-organized review of the science behind one of the most significant medical controversies of our time.

Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer

Author: William R. Miller
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 0203909836
Format: PDF, ePub
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This reference evaluates and describes the latest strategies for hormone suppression and blockade in the management of early and advanced stage breast cancer and explores the effects of tamoxifen, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), aromatase inhibitors, and their combination on both breast cancers and normal tissues. Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer details modern techniques for molecular profiling, monitoring, and targeting offers methods to identify high-risk groups evaluates molecular biomarkers in breast cancer assessment examines the potential toxicity of estrogen receptor (ER)-directed endocrine therapy investigates the development of endocrine resistance discusses neoadjuvant and preoperative approaches in patient care reviews mechanisms that lead to estrogen-independent phenotypes Surveying the medical, surgical, and pathological aspects of endocrine therapy, as well as future research opportunities, Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer is a concise and in-depth manual for medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; endocrinologists; gynecologists; obstetricians; pharmacologists; family physicians; reproductive biologists; epidemiologists; and medical school students.

Pandora s DNA

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613748604
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Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That's not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark's relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora's DNA, Stark uses her family's experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations, from the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job to the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013. Although a genetic test for cancer risk may sound like the height of scientific development, the treatment remains crude and barbaric. Through her own experience, Stark shows what it's like to live in a brave new world where gazing into a crystal ball of genetics has many unintended consequences.

The Body Restoration Plan

Author: Paula Baillie-Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101175311
Format: PDF, ePub
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Toxic chemicals damage the metabolic and appetite-regulating mechanisms of the body's natural Slimming System, a vast network of important body functions that maintain and control proper weight. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton shows how to identify, avoid, and manage the negative effects of what she calls Chemical Calories with: * detailed food guides enumerating the levels of Chemical Calories in common foods;* helpful tips on how to rid the home of dangerous toxins;* detoxifying menu plans and recipes; and* natural supplement programs to restore and energize the body's Slimming System.

Rethinking Cancer

Author: Ruth Sackman
Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9780757000935
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT) has long worked to educate cancer patients about alternative therapies, enabling them to make informed decisions on treatment options. Unfortunately, there still remains a major gap in the distribution of information. To meet this challenge, Ruth Sackman has written Rethinking Cancer. Here, you’ll find pertinent information on a wide range of topics, including the role of nutrition in health and strategies for achieving detoxification. The author provides both valid research and specific advice.

Breast Cancer Nursing Care and Management

Author: Victoria Harmer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444329340
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"This book is an excellent resource for nurses working in either a hospital or primary care" —Breast Cancer Care News "This book would be really helpful to other breast cancer nurses and students about to embark on work in this field" —Journal of Community Nursing This comprehensive handbook is for nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with breast cancer. It gives up-to-date evidence-based information and practical advice on nursing care throughout diagnosis, treatment, recovery and end-of-life care. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field. Topics include the anatomy of the breast, available treatments, complementary therapies, the psychological care of patients and their families, and the role of the specialist nurse. This book provides a well-balanced approach to all aspects of managing breast malignancy. The importance of writing from a nursing perspective is underlined so that the essence of support and bedside care is maintained. This second edition includes: Updates on guidelines as well as references to recent trials and changes to the breast screening programme A new chapter on survivorship issues covering the long-term consequences and effects of recovering from breast cancer