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The New Generation Breast Cancer Book: How to Navigate Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options-and Remain Optimistic-in an Age of Information Overload Paperback – September 22, 2015

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“One book you need . . . If you’re considering your options for treatment or know someone who is, this step-by-step guide, The New Generation Breast Cancer Book, is essential reading.”InStyle

“Elisa Port, M.D., is the doctor every patient deserves: brilliant and compassionate. Her book will be a sanity saver and, quite possibly, a life saver.”—Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy

“As up-to-date as one can get, with lots to offer people facing a cancer diagnosis or hoping to support someone with the disease.”Library Journal (starred review)
 
The New Generation Breast Cancer Book helps you sort through all the information you’ve gathered, clarify the terminology, consider the options, and make the right decisions for your unique case.”—Edie Falco
 
“A lifeline for many women in need of today’s most up-to-date choices for treatment . . . Everyone should read this book for themselves, their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and friends.”—Kara DioGuardi, Grammy-nominated songwriter, music executive, and Arthouse Entertainment co-founder

“The book is teeming with easy-to-understand medical explanations, tips, takeaways, and pro-and-con discussions of various courses of action. Port also includes two extremely useful appendices that respectively take on common myths and answer questions frequently asked by friends and family. This is a vital read that will empower men and women alike.”Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Elisa Port, MD, is chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and director of the Dubin Breast Center, a state-of-the-art breast center in Manhattan that opened in April 2011. She sees and consults with approximately two thousand patients and performs between four hundred to five hundred surgeries a year. Regularly quoted in the print and electronic media—including NPR, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Martha Stewart radio, Vogue, Businessweek, and Redbook—Dr. Port has also appeared on Today, The Early Show, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, and NBC news. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101883154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101883150
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. KASO-ANDREWS on December 17, 2015
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An informative, quick read for someone newly diagnosed (like me) craving immediate answers about how to proceed. Got it after listening to Dr. Port on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Read it in about two hours. There is nothing here that cannot be found online, from reputable sites like breastcancer.org, NIH, the Mayo clinic, and Susan Komen. But it is ideal for someone with zero background or understanding of breast cancer, and who may not be able to differentiate between good and questionable sources of information. There is a lot of myth out there, a lot of irresponsible people offering dangerous misinformation. Blogs and discussion boards on even reputable sites are full of bad advice (let alone scary crap the newly diagnosed does not need), as well as good. Dr. Port cuts through the nonsense, and tells you what you need to know. And she is very reassuring. My favorite point: Get a specialist. Get a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer surgery. They are everywhere, they don't cost any more, and it's worth it! After reading this, I put the book down, called my general surgeon and told him I was going to get a second opinion, and found a specialist who had done a fellowship in BC surgery and had been practicing her craft for ten years. She did an amazing job. I found her by googling the national breast cancer accreditation program, and chose my area. I loved this book, gave it 4 not 5 stars only because I would have liked more in-depth info.
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I heard Dr Port discussing her book on NPR on my way to my routine yearly mammogram, and was impressed with her lucid explanations and common sense ...and lo and behold, on that very same day I get diagnosed with cancer in my right breast. That evening I downloaded The New Generation Cancer Book, and I can honestly say that this book saved me from endless worries and sleepless nights. Her approach is to educate in layman's language the intricacies of this disease, what the different options are, what to expect from your doctors and of equal importance, what questions to ask and how to prepare yourself for evaluating the team of doctors that will take care of you. I strongly recommend this book to anyone recently diagnosed with breast cancer, there are so many new developments that offer hope, especially when detected early
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Such a helpful read. As a newly diagnosed breasr cancer patient, in the short time I have been reading this book, it has given me a wealth of information without the information overload you can get mired in. It's organized simply and logically. I will admit that I did not read cover to cover, but jumped the the areas that most interested me for my personal situation. It's written in clear, understandable terms. Finally, I personal loved positive hopeful messages in this book coming from such an expert in the field. Reading it made me feel stong.
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This is very well written and informative with all the myths related to breast cancer delineated!
It's very easy to read and understand to the general public.
I recommend this book for breast cancer patients who are willing to be in charge of their lives at this time.
It could become your best friend.
SandiB
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By Kykimba on December 2, 2015
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The New Generation Breast Cancer Book by Elisa Port, M.D. is an informative book for anyone with breast cancer or who has family and friends with it. My Mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer several years ago, now is battling Metastatic Breast Cancer, so this book was very interesting to me. The author covers all of these subjects, letting us know what to expect and what can be done.

Each chapter can stand on it's own or can be read cover to cover. Easy to understand for the layperson.
I recommend this book to anyone with a loved one battling this terrible disease or battling it themselves.

I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.
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This was a well-written book for total newbies but you wont gain much insight about the root causes of cancer. Thorough explanations of staging/how to read pathology report/surgery options but didnt mention pros and cons of common chemo cocktails. No mention of how chemicals in personal care products and food such as parabens/artificial hormones/HFCS can increase cancer risk. All cancer patients should immediately get off SAD (Standard American Diet) and check out the Gerson diet. Surgeons are obviously brilliant but know almost nothing about reducing risk of recurrence. What's the point of picking best surgeon/procedure/chemo if you go back to old lifestyle after conventional treatment ends? You're better off reading "Anti Cancer" or "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer."
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I am two years post stage 2 breast cancer ( doing awesome) and recently purchased this newly published book to see if it had any information about the breast sparing Oncoplastic surgery of which I had from the doctor who pioneered this technique in the US; Dr. Melvin Silverstein (google his Youtube videos). I was beyond disappointed when I read her discouraging, poo-pooing attitude about the greatest surgical option for women with tumors <5cm. Let me explain...Oncoplastic surgery combines tumor removal surgery with breast conserving, nipple sparring, full reconstruction in ONE surgery!!! Dr. Port basically says (page116) that any breast surgery that has ANY amount of manipulation or delayed reconstruction is oncoplastic and we should not get to caught up in the hype! This is a huge disservice to women as I know for a fact that it is possible to have a 4.2cm tumor removed, (plus I had a 2 week dose of radiation delivered during surgery, IORT) and then the plastic surgeon steps in and performed full reconstruction. This involved doing a lift and repositioning of both nipples (mastoplexy)and placing small implants to restore shape and size back to a 34B. For large breasted women they do a reduction and mastoplexy. The goal is to have the woman wake up from breast cancer surgery looking as good as if not BETTER than before. My surgery took 5 hours, I had no bruising, no drains and woke up with 2 beautiful breasts that were symmetrical. Full sensation was restored on both sides within 9 months. She also does not mention any of the day to day side affects of Tamoxifen ( like they don't exist!) and she basically discounts complementary and alternative medicine. Also there was no mention of the new MammaPrint test that compares your tumor against 70 other genome types for risk of re-occurance.Read more ›
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