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Just Get Me Through This!: A Practical Guide to Coping with Breast Cancer Paperback – May 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Rev Upd edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758202911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758202918
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This book does exactly what the title states...it will get you through it.
Sharon L. Smith
Very good and clearly written medical information written by Dr. Robert Gelfand helped me a lot.
Francine Pilloff
This book is wonderful in helping women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Pamela Anderson

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've found this book to be very helpful during a very miserable and sad period. It's been a few years since my treatment, but I find myself referring back to the book every now and then for advice. To the reviewer who gave the book a rating of 2 stars and said the book wasn't helpful to her because she has in situ carcinoma, let me suggest that she read a more appropriate book for her condition. For those of us you have invasive cancer and who undergo treatments such as mastectomy, radiation and sadly chemotherapy, this book has been very helpful. Don't discount the valuable advice in this book. For those of us fighting the real battle, this book is excellent.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mum K on June 11, 2004
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I wish I had realized this really was for early stage breast cancer. At one point she even says if the two groups and said that if you were of the early stage you would be reading this. She often talks of the good survival rate in early stages. As I have a large aggressive tumor I do not fit into this category and therefore would not have purchased this book. In fact reading this at first made me worried and scared.
A Breast Cancer Journey by ACS was much more helpful.
I did give it two stars because if you do have early stage it does have some value.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By San Franciscan on December 30, 2004
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I got my mother this book when she was first diagnosed and found it very helpful for both of us. The "Do's and Don'ts" section for friends and family is indeed very useful, as previous reviewers state. I suspect that little tips like how to avoid mouth sores when getting chemo (suck on ice!) are likely to be worth the price of the book. I also recommend the two books by John S. Link, which are slightly heavier reading but go into more technical detail on the very latest treatment options such as "dose-dense" regimes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By debhuishmac on August 19, 2005
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I bought this book the day I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. It has been an excellent resource to me throughout my treatment thus far. The style is friendly, not overly scientific, not dismissive. There is good information on the treatments and what they are for, good tips on dealing with doctors, making decisions and handling side effects. Even tips for the family and friends in the summaries of the chapters. It is like having a chat with a best friend who has been through this and is now helping you through it too. There is humor and also good information. For me it has been useful at every step and it is the first of my books that I look to when I have questions about "getting through this".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deboarh Mosher on April 1, 2005
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After going through the experience of breast cancer a year a go-this book was by far one of my favorites: very easy to read, good tips and a good reference book. Deb. M.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By deeanna on July 20, 2003
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I found this book three years ago when my 60+yrs old Mom faced breast cancer surgery and I needed some facts for myself and education in what I would face when I traveled to be with her after the surgery. Truly a girlfriends guide or as I like to say the "daughter's guide". It allowed Mom and I to talk about this in the reality of breast cancer and not "nice" over it. We both read much of it together.
I now purchase it for friends of mine that face surgery and the after treatments.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ann on June 21, 2004
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This is a well written, easy to read guide throught the scary world of breast cancer. I found it to mostly address the concerns of those diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. My copy was missing a few chapters towards the end (it instead repeated earlier pages), so check your copy when it arrives. Amazon makes returns very simple.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny O on August 17, 2006
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I bought this book within my first week of diagnosis with early stage (II-A) breast cancer. I am the target audience for the book, and found many useful tidbits in it; unfortunately, the author seems to tend to be a worrywart. There are big differences among oncologists' recommendations, and invariably the book would sound alarms ("don't go out to concerts! don't eat a salad in a restaurant!") that my oncologist found laughable. A lot of readers might be unduly frightened by what they read--in fact, some caution is good, but you might worry far too much because of the book's heavy emphasis on the dire. If that's your cup of tea, buy the book; as I said, there are good tidbits. Plus, it's breezy and well organized, and not at all intimidating to use as a reference. But if you take a fairly pragmatic and optimistic view, and if your oncologist does the same, I'd skip this one.
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