This book is invaluable for any patient, family member or friend that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a practical guide which offers advice and tips needed to bring order in a time of uncertainty. Cathy has included an easy-to-follow methodology complete with discussion documents, worksheets and criteria solution matrices that will enable patients to make informed decisions about their clinical treatment pathways, gain control of their care, and understand the entire process from start to finish. Her insight and advice will help to bring calmness and direction to anyone experiencing the unchartered maze of breast cancer, with guidance on all medical, supportive, emotional, and physical aspects of this diagnosis. Cathy does it with transparency, candor, and wit as she shares her breast cancer journey with you, and how she emerged strong, successful, beautiful, and joyful! Emma C. Ferguson, M.D --Emma C. Ferguson, M.D.
For the first time ever, there is a book that speaks to anyone, with any stage of breast cancer, and provides scientific methodology with accompanying tools, decision matrices, guidance and support, peppered with amazing humor. The book provides strategy on how to determine and select life saving or life threatening treatment planning in an uncertain decision space. After reading this book, you will be able to establish and maintain continual communication with your medical team, achieve the outcome and results you desire while alleviating the stress and fear that can accompany a breast cancer diagnosis. I highly recommend this book for any patient or medical professional seeking world class clinical expertise for breast cancer treatment! Kathy Hinze, MSN, WHNP- BC --Kathy Hinze, MSN, WHNP - BC
This book is a useful read for anyone who is affected by breast cancer. It is extremely helpful from a pragmatic planning standpoint to navigate the decisions a patient faces with a breast cancer diagnosis. It is presented with a unique and uplifting voice from a woman who experienced breast cancer while undergoing simultaneous life changing events. It is an example of how to confront life's challenges with humor and living in the moment. As a doctor, I will keep a copy of her book handy for patients and the link to her website available for them to view. As her former academic advisor, I admired how she overcame adversity after adversity with dignity and an unbound wicked sense of humor. If you think the book is instructive or humorous, you should hear her in person! Kim Dunn, MD, Ph.D. --Kim Dunn, MD, Ph.D.
About the Author
Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI, is an award winning author who holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics from The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics. In addition to her career as a Director for the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, she is a trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor for three universities. For the first time in book form, Cathy provides an intensive understanding and step-by-step guide utilizing scientific methodology to navigate complex issues and medical decision making in an uncertain decision space that a patient experiences during a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment planning. Her personal experience with breast cancer, paired with an yielding sense of humor, is woven throughout this book and provides insights on how to utilize a tool set and see how information being refracted can be misrepresented through the prism of uncertainty. She will walk the reader through each phase of breast cancer treatment planning with decision matrices, forms, and discussion documents while keeping you on the edge of your seat on an adrenaline thrill ride wondering what is going to happen next and empowered throughout every page!