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Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book [Paperback]

Susan M. Love
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September 20, 2000 0738202355 978-2280034173 3rd
The landscape of breast cancer has changed. New, non-invasive diagnostic techniques, new knowledge about prevention, new genetics, new treatments, new alternative and complementary resources are beginning to turn breast cancer into a chronic and perhaps preventable disease. Dr. Susan Love, whose earlier work has won the trust of women all over this country and abroad, has entirely revised her indispensable guide to reflect the very latest information. Readers of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book will learn of the recent breakthroughs in genetic research, of Dr. Love's own work in developing a less invasive and highly accurate diagnostic technique, of the latest studies into preventive measures such as tamoxifen and dietary strategies, and of promising outcomes from new treatments for metastatic cancer. In the same warm, supportive, and often delightfully candid tone that has brought confidence to millions of women, Dr. Love helps each reader plan her own path through diagnosis, treatment options, and the changing world of HMO's and insurance. She also offers sound advice about combining alternative self-care with topnotch medical help.

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Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book has been considered the bible of breast-care books since it appeared in 1990. In 1995, Love completely updated the book in a 600-page second edition, including new biopsy and screening methods, implants, the pros and cons of hormone therapy, new discoveries in breast-cancer treatment, and many other topics. Every chapter has been rewritten, with the exception of the anatomy chapter ("The breast, I'm glad to report, is still located on the chest!"). Love presents copious medical information in a simple, welcoming style, and plentiful illustrations make the information even clearer. About two-thirds of the book deals with breast cancer: risk factors, prevention, screening, diagnosis, staging, emotions, treatment options, surgery, alternative treatments, clinical trials, and more. But the book isn't just about breast cancer. It's also about breast development, physiology, bras, nursing, sexuality--if it has to do with breasts, Love discusses it. Love also debunks breast myths: underwire bras do not cause cancer, neither do bruises or injuries; "fibrocystic disease" isn't really a disease. The book includes a wealth of resources: books, treatment centers, and organizations (but no Web sites--perhaps in the third edition?). --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This second edition of Love and Lindsey's comprehensive 1990 title has been so thoroughly revised that, Love notes, only the anatomy chapter remains untouched: "The breast, I'm glad to report, is still located on the chest!" New information includes that on mammography screening, the breast cancer gene, the metastatic phase of breast cancer, the connection between mind and body, prevention and the importance of political awareness and action. Also updated are discussions of every conceivable aspect of the breast: from its health and development to such common concerns as normal tissue lumpiness and breast feeding, to issues surrounding breast cancer-its screening, diagnosis, causes, treatment, prevention and the directions of current research. Hormone therapy, silicone implants, breast biopsy, lumpectomy, reconstruction and bone-marrow transplants are also explained. With Lindsey (Friends as Family), Love, who is director of the Comprehensive Breast Center, associate professor of clinical surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and co-founder of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, offers a highly readable book that educates, supports and encourages women to become their own advocates of breast health.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 3rd edition (September 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738202355
  • ISBN-13: 978-2280034173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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156 of 168 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some major flaws October 8, 2005
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This is probably the most comprehensive source of information on breast cancer and other breast issues that most of us will ever find, and it manages to avoid the cloying "good girl" kitch of those horrid pink websites. For those reasons, it is the best place to start educating yourself. Buy it.

BUT, be aware that it has a few major faults. Dr. Love spends a great deal of time pointing out the side effects of the three major treatments: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Many of these side effects are not temporary or fixable, but are permanent and life threatening in themselves. This is especially valuable knowledge since most doctors and those pink websites downplay or totally ignore disabling and potentially fatal problems such as lymphedema, secondary cancers and heart failure which can result from these standard treatments. I strongly suspect that all the attention paid to hair loss (which will grown back in, for crying out loud) is there to distract potential patients from the real problems.

Dr. Love also lays bare the dismal statistics on the efficacy of chemotherapy given to non-metastatic women (2-9% of women are actually helped - an eye opening figure to most of us who probably thought chemo "saved" 50 or 60 women per hundred). These are not statistics that the pink groups or your oncologist are eager to have you know.

However, after spending pages and pages warning us that chemo is dangerous and not especially effective, she then just says "Oh, but go ahead and have it." Why?
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For All Women February 24, 2000
By A Customer
First I want to say that Dr. Love's book is not limited to information about breast cancer but has extensive information on all aspects of breasts.
I was given a copy of Dr. Love's book after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it became invaluable to me. Frequently I had to set it aside for a short time because the information was so frightening, but cancer and its' treatment is a frightening experience.
The information she provided allowed me to ask important questions and make good decisions about the choices available to me. I had good doctors, but they did not go into some of the details I needed to know such as: odds of recurrence with lumpectomy vs. mastectomy; which chemotherapy drugs produced what side effects; why radiation?
She also provided information that allowed me to better understand the idiosyncrasies of breast cancer and my particular prognosis.
Breast cancer research is producing such promise with new drugs and procedures, that there is no way a book can be published with "the latest" information. Still, I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Love's book to ALL women--whether they are interested in breast feeding or are facing difficult decisions about breast cancer treatment options.
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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best! Try Your Breast Cancer Journey instead. November 14, 2001
By A Customer
This book is promoted as the best book to use for breast cancer. It is not. Skip the book, and visit the website to see photographs of women who have gone through the surgeries. The first half of the book is about basic breast anatomy and development, and not about the choices needed now. The second half of the book suffers from three problems: old statistics that do not take into account changes in treatment, too much detail on rare complications and types of disease, and too much detail about recurrence. Not recommended.
The most serious flaw is that it uses outdated survival and mortality statistics that do not take into account the current treatment protocols. The result is unnecessary fear and panic. There are no good statistics on ten-year survival rates, because the current treatment protocols have not been in use for ten years. The development of changes in chemotherapy, antibodies, and hormonal therapy is changing so rapidly that for at least the next twenty years there will be no good ten-year survival rate statistics. Even the five-year statistics do not give the current picture. Dr. Love only gives one paragraph's worth of guidance on how to interpret the statistics. This can result in resignation and fear, just when one should be preparing to live well and fight hard.
The second flaw is that Dr. Love's frustrations with the imperfections of medicine and the slowness of change of the medical system come through. She spends lots of detail on rare complications of surgery, and rare possibilities of recurrence. She agonizes over the fact that any lives are lost. I want that knowledge and compassion in your team. I do not want to sift through this detail when I need to get information on which to base decisions.
The final difficulty is not a flaw, but a portion of the book.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book May 22, 2000
By A Customer
I bought this book for my sister when she was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. This became a bible to her - she referred to it at every point - surgery, radiation & chemotherapy and every set-back during treatment. She lives in the UK and had me send several books to her friends and later to her gynocologist (all diagnosed with breast cancer). The gynocologist believes it to be the best book written on breast cancer.
Low and behold if I wasn't also diagnosed with breast cancer this year. This is a huge book and I found I could only read the parts that were significant to me at the time. Knowledge is power - and this book definitely gives every reader this! It gives strength to make decisions and understand the options. Dr. Love explains how some women choose not to follow treatments recommended - and how they still survive. Yet, how others follow standard treatment and for no rhyme or reason the cancer returns. (There were just a couple of examples mentioned). Dr. Love gives you all the facts. I did not find her book scary - I want to know whatever I can! There are many charts giving info on studies. I found the chart showing the recommended treatments were right on for what both my sister and I were recommended.
Without a doubt I feel that Dr. Love's book (and her Website with live chats with specialists) has helped me tremendously. I am sure I would have felt lost without this help. I highly recommend this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Source of Information
A must for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer. Great source of information. Written clearly and concisely.
Published 5 days ago by Marial
4.0 out of 5 stars informative
Quite a lot of information for anyone especially someone experiencing a breast cancer diagnosis. Certainly not the only book about the subject out there but this one covers much... Read more
Published 15 days ago by kc
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for all Women
Every woman should read this straight forward and informative book on breast cancer, as a woman's chance of developing breast cancer increases with age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma Bovary
5.0 out of 5 stars Answered all my questions
As soon as I got a diagnosis of breast cancer, I bought this book, which I had made a mental note about in case I ever needed it. The book explained everything I wanted to know. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BHS
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost everything you need to know if diagnosed with breast cancer
Liked getting the nitty-gritty details of different procedures, possible side effects, etc. Really helped in making decisions and to understand what is happening to your body... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JDSand
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book is helping me on my very long wait to find out if I have breast cancer and it's been very calming
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Ackerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Breast Book
If a friend is diagnosed with breast cancer and is mentally dancing between aggressive exploration of alternatives and zombie panic, I give them this book which helped me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mary w truland
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended by a dear friend who had breast cancer
I couldn't have got to this place in my journey with breast cancer without reading this book! Every breast cancer surgeon and oncologist should recommend this book!
Published 2 months ago by Linda K Rowe
As a breast cancer survivor, I found this the most useful of all the resources I turned to after a breast cancer diagnosis 14 years ago. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bag Lady with a CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book
Have purchased this book many times. First for myself and then for friends with breast cancer. Easy to read & understand.
Published 2 months ago by Frances
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