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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Lange Productions; 5 Revised edition (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981948901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981948904
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You have breast cancer." After the initial shock of diagnosis, women are faced with myriad questions about where to go and what to do next. Lange, a Harvard Medical School-trained physician who experienced his wife's battle with the disease, has written an especially user-friendly book for women seeking answers and a measure of hope. Based on his video and CD-ROM programs (Lange, 1997), Be a SurvivorTM follows the stages of treatment and recovery, offering a balanced, accessible text; highlighted topic boxes; excellent, detailed illustrations; and checklists of questions for doctors ("Could you give me the names of specialists you think I should see?"). There are informative sidebars and inspirational photos and quotes from survivors on almost every page. Similar to John Link's The Breast Cancer Survival Manual (LJ 3/1/98), Lange's work also covers reconstruction, alternative therapies, clinical trials, and life after breast cancer. The book ends with a lengthy resource list, a glossary, and an index. Be a SurvivorTM should be the first book women reach for in developing strategies to fight perhaps the biggest battle of their lives.?Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal"
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"Because cancer treatment can often be intimidating and because some people just do not like to read, the book uses more than 150 illustrations to make the message simple and clear." -- National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc

"...an outstanding resource for consumer health." -- CAPHIS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I highly recommend this book for someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Band Mom
The medical details presented in this book reveal breast cancer treatment in an easy to understand and concise manner.
Renee Gaines (renee@winabc.org)
I discovered I had breast cancer and the oncologist I saw gave this book to me.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Renee Gaines (renee@winabc.org) on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you can only afford to buy one book on breast cancer than this is the one!
This book is packed full of beautiful graphics and pictures of real breast cancer patients and their stories. A true and sensitive approach of their journey with breast cancer.
The medical details presented in this book reveal breast cancer treatment in an easy to understand and concise manner. The medical information is technically accurate and explicit. No book on breast cancer gives as much information in such a concise and precise presentation.
This book deals with all phases of a "breast cancer diagnosis". Included are chapters that highlight how a person deals with the feelings of a breast cancer diagnosis, how to share the news with loved-ones, friends and co-workers, how to create a supportive network, gathering the information needed to make informed decisions, and how to actively participate in the treatment plan.
There is clear information on breast anatomy, cancer cell growth, biopsy, diagnosis and staging, surgical treatment, reconstruction options, chemotherapy and radiation treatments and of course, hormonal therapy. This book also has actual pictures of post-surgical breasts and the results of reconstruction. There is also a chapter about complementary and alternative treatments to assist the patient in battling cancer. The final chapters focus on life after cancer and a special section for your partner.
I recommend this book as a must to every person I know who is facing the challenges of breast cancer, breast surgery and finally for life after cancer.
Beautifully done. Parents of pre-teens and teenagers will find it helpful in explaining this disease to their children.
This book is a companion to an award winning CD-ROM that gives the patient the opportunity to trek on a virtual tour of breast cancer!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elaine E. Wisley on February 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
A little over 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 3 lobular breast cancer. I was given this book shortly after the diagnosis by a nurse in the hospital where I work. It is the nuts and bolts of breast cancer, from the staging to the procedures with clear drawings, specific detailed information, and personal notations from women who have been where we are. It went everywhere with me-from chemo to radiation and the multiple surgeries I had. With this information, I had to face very few surprises. The drains left in place after the mastectomy are explained in detail. Radiation is presented clearly and realistically. There are photographs and drawing of how the chest looks after a mastectomy. The book takes some of the fear out of cancer treatment and replaces it with knowledge and advice. if you can only afford one book on the subject of breast cancer, this is the one I would recommend.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "charlie4" on November 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book, packed with information, in a very easy to read format. There are 12 chapters:
Facing Breast Cancer; Breast Cancer Basics; Diagnosis and Staging; Surgery; Reconstruction; Radiation; Chemo; Hormonal Therapy; alternative treatments; Clinical Trials; Life after Cancer; A guide for your partner. Each chapter explains what the chapter is about, e.g. What is chemo? How is it given? How it Works. Side Effects. Common Chemo drugs.
This book is unique in that it has testimonials throughout from women, and their partners. It also has terrific drawings. I purchased a LOT of books when I was diagnosed. This was the book that I went to during my chemo and before surgery, to really find out what was going on. It is difficult to know what questions to ask your oncologist or surgeon, when everything is new. This book helps you prepare and should give you the confidence to make treatment decisions about your life. Highly, highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Napkin girl on July 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Out of all the books offered to me by my friends during this ordeal, this one has been the most helpful. It's easy to follow and the DVD really helped me get a lot of information without having to commit to sitting down and reading a whole book through. The live images of reconstructed breasts on the DVD was also reassuring. Not to mention the hope I felt seeing interviews with women who have actually been through this and lived to tell about it. It was impressive, too, that the book addressed alternative therapies, which I intend to use as part of my healing process. I'd recommend this book and DVD to anyone who wants information and support about the experience of breast cancer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Scott on November 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
BE A SURVIVOR is a clear, sensitive rendering of the whole breast cancer treatment process. It is upbeat, reflecting my attitude: "Been there, done that."

The diagrams were my first close look at what happened in my breast and lymph nodes, and the sidebar questions to ask were vital. Even if I wrote them down ahead, I often would come out of doctor's offices not knowing answers.

I did wonder if a male breast cancer patient would get all he needed from this book since the main thrust is on women and the pictures are of women in relationship to men, though Dr. Lange is generally sensitive to using 'partner' instead of assuming the sex of a partner.

I would have liked to see on page 73, more emphasis placed on Chinese herbs as big aids in dispensing with nausea. They saved me from misery. And to swimming as both psychologically relaxing and a large help in stretching the arm to prevent lymphedema. I call myself a thriver now--nice word to put at the end of his next book edition. Fine book, I am giving it to someone today.

Lynn Scott, Author of the Memoir: MY MOTHER, MY ALZHEIMER CLIENTS, AND ME.
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