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Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Hope, Treatment, and Recovery Hardcover – November 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0195387629 ISBN-10: 0195387627 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195387627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195387629
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is a clear and comprehensive guide, a useful companion to anyone traveling the path of a hormone-negative breast cancer diagnosis. Patricia Prijatel's tone is that of a gentle authority, as one who has made the journey and is living disease-free. Her research is thorough; her perspective, genuine. Although today, there are no targeted therapies, she focuses on current promising possibilities within the patient's control, such as diet modification and weight loss. Patricia shares her valuable knowledge generously, relaying a hopeful message." -- Lori Redmer, Executive Director, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation



"A wonderful blend of memoir, health information, and hope." -- Julie Silver, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and author of What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope(American Cancer Society)


"The voice of a true friend echoes throughout these pages. I congratulate [the author] on a monumental achievement. She has distilled a great deal of information down to a highly readable volume." -- Carol EH Scott-Conner, Professor of Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


"With its blending of facts, personal information, and gentle humor, this book will be valuable to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, whether triple-negative or not." -- Madlyn Ferraro, former network coordinator of cancer clinical trials, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


"Prijatel's journalistic skills are evident in her fluid prose and the detail with which she lays out the specifics of TNBC . . . She states her goal here is to 'inform, educate, calm, and encourage.' She does so in fine form. Highly recommended." --Library Journal, starred review


"This well-written and informative book would certainly benefit anyone whose life has been touched by triple-negative breast cancer. It is written by a journalist who clearly knows how to research information, and she explains the most important messages in terms that readers of most educational backgrounds can understand without overwhelming them." -- Sandra Joy Peacock, University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Doody's


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Patricia Prijatel, E.T. Meredith Distinguished Professor Emerita at Drake University, has helped educate, motivate, support, and challenge people for the better part of three decades. She is a nationally published magazine writer, an award-winning teacher, and a well-respected writing coach. Her "Positives About Negative" blog has reached more than 100,000 readers and is one of the few sites that deals specifically with triple negative breast cancer.

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Pat has helped educate, motivate, support, and challenge people for the better part of three decades. Pat is a problem-solver and an optimist. Her philosophy is that we can tackle just about anything, as long as we have the right tools, which include education and hope, which she provides in ample supply.

Pat is the author of Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, creator of the Positives About Negative blog, a nationally published writer, an award-winning teacher, and an engaging speaker. She is a recognized authority on the magazine industry, as co-author of The Magazine from Cover to Cover and a well-respected writing coach.

Through it all, what Pat does best is help people make sense of things, to encourage them on whatever journey they embark on, and to be a friend. Her last name, by the way, is the Slovenian word for friend.

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I am a nurse, and have learned alot about triple negative breast cancer from this book.
Susan Campbell-Skelly
It is an easy to read book and the information is explained in such a way that individuals who don't have a medical background can understand.
J. Meyer
This is a book I highly recommend to uplift and give hope to those with a diagnosis of Triple Negatived Breast Cancer.
Barbara

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Mom on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A good beginning reference for anyone recently diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). An accurate description of the disease and medical research, with footnotes and references. This allows the reader to research topics of personal interest in more detail.

However, in terms of making treatment decisions and surviving TNBC, I found this book lacking. I guess this is where the footnotes become so important -- Prijatel provides a roadmap for TNBC, but leaves the reader with the responsibility to research topics in more detail. A reasonable approach to an information-rich topic.

The concluding recommendations for surviving TNBC are largely based on the author's personal experience, and I found this part of the book most lacking. She writes much about life style changes (meditation, diet, etc.), but only gives a mention of breast reconstruction, lymphedema, metastatic disease, etc. A comprehensive book, focused on a quality of life after treatment, should address such topics more completely.

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Cancer Book is another recommended reference about breast cancer, its treatment, and life afterward.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Polzin on July 8, 2013
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This book gives a detailed overview of triple negative breast cancer and its treatment. Prijatel includes real stories of triple negative breast cancer patients to illustrate the information.

A caveat: Some breast cancer patients prefer not to read about the specifics of prognosis, life expectancy, etc. They should not read this book. It might be anxiety-producing for those people. Everyone else will find it well-written and informative.

One quibble: The book has a LOT of statistics, perhaps a bit too much; there are many inset boxes detailing the results of studies, or providing epidemiological data, some of which was already summarized in the text. And not all the statistics were illuminating.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on November 5, 2012
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This is a marvelous book. When I ordered it I assumed it was the usual memoir on an encounter with breast cancer (I like those kinds of books) but this is so much more. Actually, she mostly covers the memoir part in the first 20 pages and then she gets down to the facts about this disease. She is primarily writing about "triple-negative" breast cancer (I'll let her explain what that is since she does it so well) but I think it is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in breast cancer. I wish I had had this book when I was diagnosed (same year as her - 2005 - and I am just 5 years older than she is). It would have explained so much and set me up to ask much better questions. She is not a doctor but a professor and a journalist and she has done her research in spades. The factual information is quite incredible. She carefully explains all about breast cancer and then tells you what to ask, how to deal with your doctors and with treatment options and she shares stories of others who have been through it. It is a very positive book, assuring readers that breast cancer is usually a survivable disease and she helps you confront the myriad decisions on treatment that usually overwhelm those newly diagnosed. And she helps you read all those dreadful statistics in a positive light. Throughout all this serious stuff, she is suddenly and unexpectedly funny! Quite a sense of humor. And I loved that she honestly shared her feelings and her fears of reoccurrence. Cancer makes you paranoid and she faces that quite honestly. I think many people will find that aspect very helpful.

Since the subject is breast cancer, I would like to share a few personal thoughts with those who are newly diagnosed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lydia B on November 5, 2012
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I am a triple negative breast cancer survivor. There is not a lot of information specifically for triple negative, so I read everything I can find. This book not only gives a large amount of information but weaves in stories of people who have battled it. This keeps you from getting bogged down with just facts -- it gives the human picture too. I am very interested in learning all I can. There are links to many web sites that give additional facts, studies, etc. I have found it to be a great resource and encouragement.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cndyp on October 18, 2012
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I pre ordered the book, it arrived today, I am halfway through it by evening. I loved her writing style with bits of humor sprinkled through out. I have Triple Negative Breast Cancer and finish radiation in two days. I am thrilled to have found this roadmap to help me make sure I have all the information I need to help me survive TNBC. I am sure many women will benefit from this book. Thank you Patricia for your research!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wilson VINE VOICE on August 14, 2013
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After surviving triple-negative breast cancer, the author/reporter investigates into negative breast cancer itself, something we don't hear too much about since everything seems aimed at positive breast cancer in the Media's eye. She writes about her experience, different treatment options and discovery as well as remaining hopeful throughout the ordeal. Very informative and optimistic read, a must for anyone going through this type of experience or knowing anyone close to them that is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sires on December 18, 2013
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Patricia Prijatel was diagnosed in 2006 with triple negative breast cancer. Neither I nor anyone close to me have had this diagnosis but I found myself in the position a couple a years ago of having to discuss this diagnosis with a client. It was quite painful because she knew almost nothing about the diagnosis-- her doctors were shockingly unwilling to spend the effort to explain things to her-- and although I searched the internet I couldn't find much digested information about the disease. Then it happened again. Had this book been available I would have at least had some information to offer so they would know the right questions to ask.

Part personal narrative and part scientific exposition Ms Prijatel leads the reader who wants basic information, through the biology of the disease while providing pointers to the research that supports it.

Recommended for those who want to know more about this disease for personal and professional reasons. I would also say that I wish more medical professionals would also read this to give them a greater understanding of what the individual and her family might be going through as they navigate these scary waters.
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