Breast cancer continues to occur at the alarming rate of 1 in 8 American women and 1 in 9 Canadian women. Survival rates are improving, however, and four out of five women diagnosed with breast cancer are alive 5 years after their cancer is discovered.Written with honest and compassion, this book serves to enlighten and empower women with breast cancer, and thos who care about them, by providing knowledge about all aspects of the disease. What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer
shows women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer how to take an active part in better understanding their diagnosis, treatment and healing.
What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer
Acknowledgements Preface Foreword 1. Finding Out That You Have Breast Cancer I can't have breast cancer! There must be some mistake! 2. Who Gets Breast Cancer? Why me? 3. Finding Out More About Your Breast Cancer What can my doctor tell me about my particular cancer and how far it has spread? 4. The Emotional Side of Cancer Why do I feel so sad? 5. How to Get Help Who can help me through all this? 6. Deciding on Treatment How do I choose? 7. Staging How can I know what stage my cancer is at? 8. Side Effects What side effects can I expect from the surgery and treatments? 9. Follow-Up Care Will there be follow-up care? 10. After Surgery 11. What to Expect After Your Treatment Ends Why do I still feel so sad? 12. Intimacy After Breast Cancer At first, my husband was great. Now he doesn't even want to talk about it. It's like he's pretending it's not happening! 13. Recurrence What if the cancer comes back? 14. Advocates and Activists This isn't fair! Glossary Resources Index