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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Home

Materials on breast cancer and treatment


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Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Fifteen years ago, Alice Hoffman received a diagnosis that changed everything about the life she'd been living. Most significant, aside from the grueling physical ordeal she underwent, was the way it changed how she felt inside. Now she has written the book that she needed to read then. In this honest, wise, and upbeat guide, Alice Hoffman provides a road map for the making of one's life into the very best it can be.


Created by Sam Beringer

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The Breast Cancer Survival Manual: A Step-by-Step guide for Women with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer by John S. Link, M.D., Shlomit Ein-Gal, M.D., and Nancy Link, R.D.N.

The sixth edition of Breast Cancer Survival Manual provides essential updates on treatment and care, enhancing the basic information that has made this the most trusted guide for women diagnosed with breast cancer for the past two decades.


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Breasts: The Owner's Manual by Dr. Kristi Funk

A comprehensive guide to total breast health from the go-to breast care expert for Good Morning America and The Doctors. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lives, and breast cancer is the #1 killer of women ages 20-59. But did you know that only 15 percent of those diagnosed have a single relative with breast cancer? For most of us, family history and genetics do not determine who gets breast cancer--we do! You have power over this disease. In BREASTS: The Owner's Manual, Dr. Kristi Funk shows you how to harness that power. This practical guide equips women with the most up-to-date tools for cancer prevention and outlines a compassionate roadmap for treatment options. Kristi Funk, MD, is a Board-certified breast cancer surgeon based in Los Angeles and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center, which has transformed the delivery of breast healthcare in America. Long before Dr. Funk performed Angelina Jolie's widely-discussed double prophylactic mastectomy, Dr. Funk strategized with her about the most effective and honest way to communicate her decision to the world. Their announcement led to a permanent increase in preventive testing for the BRCA gene. Now, Dr. Funk takes the broader conversation about total breast health to women everywhere with this straight-talking guide. Her mission is to educate as many women as possible about what they can do to stop breast cancer before it starts. Every year, 1 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed globally, with more than 240,000 in the US alone. BREASTS: The Owner's Manual will help many women avoid this unwelcome journey and will provide wisdom and practical advice for those already walking this challenging path.


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The Breast Test Book: A Woman's Guide to Mammography and Beyond by Connie Jones, M.D.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American women. Although cardiovascular-related deaths significantly outnumber breast cancer deaths, breast cancer is arguably the most feared diagnosis among American women. Great strides have been made to heighten public awareness of breast cancer, with particular emphasis on early detection with mammography. Breast radiologists regularly witness the extreme anxiety that just the thought of being diagnosed with breast cancer can cause a patient. This anxious anticipation is often heightened by a lack of knowledge about what to expect from the process of breast imaging evaluation, which is frustrating for both patient and practitioner and can negatively affect the experience. Physicians often encounter patients who have little or no understanding of the reasoning behind the examination or procedure about to be performed-sometimes even up to the day of their breast cancer surgery. Furthermore, most women who undergo breast evaluations will not be diagnosed with cancer. The incidence of breast cancer is only 125.3 per 100,000 women (or 3-6 in every 1,000 screenings), however, symptoms of benign breast abnormalities are quite common and impact many more lives. Accurately diagnosing these non-cancerous conditions can alleviate much anxiety, in addition to helping patients towards a correct treatment plan. The Breast Test Book is a straightforward guide to the process of radiologic breast evaluations. Based on the most current scientific research and best standards of clinical practice, it will help debunk myths, shed light on misinformation, and provide clear facts about what women should expect from these screenings. This improved understanding will ultimately allow patients to play more active roles in their own care and, in the event that a diagnosis is made, give them confidence in their treatment.


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Detecting and Living with Breast Cancer for Dummies by Marshalee George and Kimlin Tam Ashing

A sensitive and authoritative guide to the most common cancer in women: breast cancer. Covering everything from prevention to dealing with a diagnosis to coping with life after cancer, it serves as a trusted resource for anyone whose life has been touched by this dreaded disease. Advancements in breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment are being made every day, but it can be overwhelming and confusing knowing where to turn and who to trust. Detecting & Living with Breast Cancer For Dummies distills the information into one easy-to-follow guide, giving you quick, expert advice on everything you'll face as you manage your breast health.


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Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer by Caitlin M. Kiernan

A veteran beauty industry insider presents the ultimate resource to looking your best during and after cancer treatment When beauty editor Caitlin Kiernan received the shattering diagnosis of cancer, she was obviously concerned about her health. But as a working professional, she knew she had to learn, quickly, how to look her best while feeling her worst. Caitlin called on her list of extensive contacts--from top medical doctors to hair stylists, makeup artists, and style mavens--to gather the best and most useful tips to offset the unpleasant effects of treatment. The result is this comprehensive guide beauty guide for women with cancer, covering every cosmetic issue, from skin care, to hair care, wig shopping, nail maintenance, makeup tricks, and much, much more. Illustrated with charming drawings by Jamie Lee Reardin and peppered with advice from celebrities and cancer survivors, PRETTY SICK will be a welcome and trusted resource, helping women look and feel their best.


Created by Sam Beringer

The Back in the Swing Cookbook


The Back in the Swing Cookbook by Barbara C. Unell and Judith Fertig

The Back in the Swing Cookbook is a life-affirming book full of 150 feel-good recipes that are easy to prepare, with fresh ingredients specifically designed to help breast cancer survivors get back in the swing of joyful, healthy living. It's a book that you will love to hold in your hands, and use in the kitchen, as a friend and guide to delicious meals and a lifestyle that makes you feel positive. In addition to fabulous food and drinks, the beautiful pages include luscious photographs and fun-to-read, smart, friendly nuggets on topics ranging from genetics, lifestyle choices, and the environment to the influence of all three on living a full and happy life.

Created specifically for breast cancer survivors by the national grassroots nonprofit organization Back in the Swing, The Back in the Swing Cookbook answers the number-one question on every cancer survivor's mind: "How do I safely and smartly get back in the swing of life every day after experiencing breast cancer?" Every page is brilliantly designed to nurture your mind, body, and spirit with new information not found in any other cookbook. It is a special gift of goodness to give oneself, a friend, a coworker, or a family member that will reap healthy rewards for a lifetime.

Available on Freading.


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Breast Cancer Journey: The Essential Guide to Treatment and Recovery by Ruth O'Reagan 

Offering encouragement and support, this updated guide is the authority on coping with breast cancer. Highlighting all the latest medical developments, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, this essential book guides newly diagnosed patients every step of the way. Including practical tips on managing the emotions, reactions, and side effects of breast cancer and its treatment, detailed questions to ask a medical team for empowerment, and wellness plans for recovery and life after cancer, this comprehensive manual is packed with information to best manage the breast cancer experience.

Available on Freading.


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The Cancer Survivor Handbook: Your Guide to Building a Life After Cancer by Beth Leibson

According to the National Cancer Institute, there are an estimated 13.7 million living Americans who are cancer survivors. The institute expects that number to rise to almost 18 million over the next decade. The Institute of Medicine notes that patients diagnosed with cancer have an estimated 64% chance of surviving five years, up from 50% three decades ago. And most of them have lingering symptoms, both physical and emotional.
The Cancer Survivor is a companion and guide for those millions of individuals who are finally done with treatments but are still on the journey to wholeness. Beth Leibson completed her chemotherapy and radiation in 2007. She had beat cancer, but was left with lingering memory issues, exhaustion, depression, pain, and the fear that at any point, the cancer could return. Here she tells the story of how she rebuilt her life, and shares advice from other experts, addressing the emotional, medical, and professional challenges of life after cancer. Here are the questions you're afraid to ask (“When will my sex drive come back?"), the questions you hadn't yet considered (“How do I reenter the work force after a 'break' of a year or more?"), and those you know you should be thinking about but haven't had the energy for (“What supplements or alternative therapies should I be taking to regain my strength?").
Warm, honest, and full of sage advice, this is the book Leibson wishes she had had when the nightmare of cancer treatments drew to a close and the overwhelming reality of starting life over again began.

Available on Overdrive


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The Truth about Cancer: What You Need to Know about Cancer's History, Treatment, and Prevention by Ty M. Bollinger

Cancer touches more lives than you may think. According to the World Health Organization, one out of three women alive today, and one out of two men, will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.

To Ty Bollinger, this isn’t just a statistic. It’s personal. After losing seven members of his family to cancer over the course of a decade, Ty set out on a global quest to learn as much as he possibly could about cancer treatments and the medical industry that surrounds the disease. He has written this book to share what he’s uncovered—some of which may shock you—and to give you new resources for coping with cancer in your life or the life of someone you love.

As Ty explains, there are many methods we can access to treat and prevent cancer that go well beyond chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; we just don’t know about them. The Truth about Cancer delves into the history of medicine—all the way back to Hippocrates’s credo of “do no harm”—as well as cutting-edge research showing the efficacy of dozens of unconventional cancer treatments that are helping patients around the globe. You’ll read about the politics of cancer; facts and myths about its causes (a family history is only part of the picture); and the range of tools available to diagnose and treat it.

If you’re facing a cancer diagnosis right now, this book may help you and your health-care provider make choices about your next steps. If you’re already undergoing conventional treatment, it may help you support your health during the course of chemo or radiation. If you’re a health-care provider and want to learn all you can to help your patients, it will expand your horizons and inspire you with true stories of successful healing. And if you just want to see cancer in a new light, it will open your eyes.

Available on Overdrive


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You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style by Elisha Daniels, Kelley Tuthill, and Ann Partridge.

Breast cancer survivors Kelley Tuthill and Elisha Daniels are redefining what it means to be a cancer patient. More than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, but that diagnosis does not mean sitting on the sidelines while life passes you by. Both Tuthill and Daniels worked throughout their extensive cancer treatments and continued to enjoy their family, friends, and high-profile careers while fighting the fight of their lives. You Can Do This! shares with you the strategies that worked, what didn't, and what they wish they'd have known at the time of diagnosis, namely to:

* Send a message to the world that you are healing, not dying. 

* Surround yourself with people who know how to make you feel better.

* Try to stick to your routine when possible. Go to work. Take the kids to school.

* Have a plan for what you will do at 2:00 a.m. if you cannot sleep.

* Keep wearing makeup and high heels. You don't have to look and feel like a patient all the time.

* Believe that you can beat this!

Benefiting from the expertise of Dr. Ann Partridge, an oncologist at the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston who helped both of the authors through their own cancer journeys, this triumvirate answers questions like: Can you keep working? How do you pick out a wig or pencil in an eyebrow? What role might reconstruction surgery and prosthetics play in your recovery? What steps can you take to retain a professional, healthy image despite the effects of chemotherapy? How do you broach the subject of cancer with small children? Is it possible to lose your hair and not your sense of humor or libido?

Inside You Can Do This!, Tuthill and Daniels help the newly diagnosed patient work through the initial shock of diagnosis and move forward to face the coming challenges with courage, strength, grace, makeup, and high heels. By offering advice on looking your best, even when you no longer look or feel like yourself, Tuthill and Daniels emphasize that you can continue to lead an active life and that it's perfectly acceptable to research chemotherapy alongside the latest offerings from Chanel.

Available on Freading.


Created by Sam Beringer

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Mum's List by St. John Greene and Rachel Murphy

A mother's life lessons to the husband and sons she left behind.


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The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden

A landmark work of graphic memoir and a cancer narrative that pulls no punches! When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they'd held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. Growing up flat-chested and highly aware of her inadequacies... heading off to college, where she "bloomed" in more ways than one... navigating adulthood between her mother's mastectomy, her father's mistress, and her musician boyfriend's problems of his own - not to mention his sprawling family. Then the kids come along... As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the '70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in. For everyone who's faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden's story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism and humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.


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This is Cancer: Everything You Need to Know from the Waiting Room to the Bedroom by Laura Holmes Haddad

Cancer is indiscriminate. It cares little for class, creed or color. Its patients are literally everywhere. When Laura Holmes Haddad was diagnosed, she discovered shelf upon shelf of overly-earnest, somber, gray survival books, and knew there had to be a better way. This Is Cancer is the thoughtful, informative fabulous-looking result for those who prefer their pathos with equal parts humor and reality and a touch of flair. A "what to expect when you're expecting" book for the diagnosis you don't want but are stuck with, This Is Cancer is the book that patients keep in their "heading to the hospital bag," because it's the only one that tells them what's going on and keeps them company. Including such useful snippets as: There is no limit to what you will put yourself through when told it might save your life. Stay away from the Internet. And don't let anyone tell you "what they looked up" about your diagnosis. You'll be surrounded by people but you'll feel lonely, and alone, sometimes. Lexapro is Tylenol for the soul. If you don't like your doctor(s), find new ones. You will feel somewhat at the mercy of them, like they hold the key to your mortality, but in fact more than one doctor can potentially save you and some are nice and some are mean. Whether you or your loved ones want a primer full of useful information in an easy to reference format or a friendly and comforting read, the honest, grave, and mordantly funny stories and tips from young survivors will bring you the real intel and advice that you need most during this tremendously difficult time.


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The Wounded Breast: Intimate Journeys Through Breast Cancer by Evelyne Accad

A moving journey through the experience of breast cancer, and the many different approaches and treatments. This is a rare insight into cross-cultural understandings of illness. Multi-layered and many tongued, this book would be of interest to medical practitioners, as well as those facing and interacting with cancer.

Available on Freading.


Created by Sam Beringer

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Cáncer de Seno Claro y Sencillo: Las respuestas a todas sus preguntas por de los expertos de la Sociedad Americana Contra El Cáncer

Ganador del premio Best Book Awards 2016 al mejor libro en los generos Salud: Salud de la Mujer y Salud: Cancer - Un recurso sobre cancer de seno de los expertos de la Sociedad Americana Contra el Cancer para quienes recientemente han recibido un diagnostico con esta enfermedad. Presentado en un formato sencillo de entender con base en preguntas y respuestas, este libro brinda una guia para pacientes sobre las decisiones que necesitaran tomar, desde el diagnostico hasta el tratamiento. Este libro pretende ayudar a que las mujeres con cancer de seno y las personas a cargo de su cuidado sepan que es lo que pueden esperar, que hacer y como sobrellevar lo que podria ser una experiencia abrumadora que cambia la vida. Esta nueva edicion incluye consejos practicos sobre como seleccionar al medico adecuado, comprender las opciones de tratamiento, sobrellevar los efectos secundarios del tratamiento y encontrar grupos de apoyo, entre otros. Tambien incluye una lista de recursos especificos para pacientes, al igual que un glosario de terminos relacionados con el cancer de seno.


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Dime qué comer para prevencir el cáncer de mama por Elaine Magee

Un traduccion de "Tell me what to eat to help prevent breast cancer" en español. Una guía para comer para prevencir el cáncer de mama. Incluye numerosas recetas, tan saludables como deliciosas.


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Una Etapa Dificil por Mayte Prida

Es difícil explicar cómo la palabra cáncer puede cambiarnos la vida de una manera tan drástica. Mi lucha contra éste no ha sido fácil pues la vida me cambió radicalmente al enterarme de que, aunque me sentía llena de vida, sin yo siquiera saberlo dentro de mi cuerpo se estaba multiplicando el mal que me acercaba a la muerte. Mi experiencia luchando contra el cáncer me ha hecho una mujer más fuerte, más segura de mí misma, más serena y más en paz conmigo misma y con la vida. Mis prioridades han cambiado porque cuando se ve la muerta de cerca cambia la perspectiva de la vida. Espero que a través de este relato alguien que esté plagado de angustia encuentre una esperanza y una razón para luchar, pues a pesar de todo--valde la pena vivir!

Es un audio libro.


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El Libro del Cáncer de Mama: La vida más allá del diagnóstico por Gerardo Castorena Rojí

Un libro indispensable que detalla todo lo que debes saber sobre el cáncer de mama, en un lenguaje sencillo, empático pero profundo, para tomar las mejores decisiones de acuerdo a tus necesidades. Si consideras que hablar de cáncer es un tema tabú, si cada vez que escuchas la palabra la asocias con muerte o sientes ansiedad, si crees que sólo es necesario visitar al oncólogo cuando hay un diagnóstico, debes leer este libro ya.


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Pechos: Aprende a Conocerios por Kristi Funk, M.D.

Un traduccion de "Breasts: The Owner's Manual" en español. Una guía para detectar, tratar y reducir el riesgo de cáncer de mama.


Creada por Sam Beringer