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Take Charge of Your Breast Cancer: A Guide to Getting the Best Possible Treatment Paperback – October 2, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0805070569 ISBN-10: 0805070567 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (October 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805070567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805070569
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Over the past decade, breast cancer advocates have encouraged women to learn about their disease and get involved in their treatment decisions. Link, an oncologist, has followed up his first book, The Breast Cancer Survival Manual, with one that underscores this message. He builds a strong case for taking charge of one's treatment by explaining ways that well-meaning physicians, as well as HMOs and pharmaceutical companies, can sometimes prevent women from getting the best care possible. He also stresses a patient's right to be treated as a whole person, with emotional, spiritual and sexual needs. In "Your Doctor is Human, Too," perhaps the most illuminating chapter, he discusses his take on physicians who are incapable of empathy. Link goes on to explain in detail how breast cancer develops, how breast cancers vary, and how to weigh the risks and benefits of different therapies. Link encourages women to see their diagnosis as a gift that can "enhance" their life by helping them to live more fully. Some survivors will bristle at the idea that breast cancer can in any way be positive, though others will likely agree that having breast cancer is a transforming experience. Link's warm and encouraging tone, as well as the nuanced information he offers, should, as the book's title suggests, help readers obtain individualized treatment in a health care system that is often dehumanizing. This is a welcome follow-up to Link's essential first book.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Praise for The Breast Cancer Survival Manual:
"An extensive resource of medical information."
-Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Prescriptions for Living

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This is a must-read book for women with breast cancer.
Jan B. King
His first book is a good crash course on all the information and terminology needed to understand your diagnosis and treatments.
pvreader
This book makes taking charge - getting control back - so much easier.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jan B. King on October 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a must-read book for women with breast cancer. Dr. Link's advice in a nutshell: Make sure you get the best medical care available, know your chance of long-term survival is good, and don't let breast cancer stop you from living your life to the fullest. If you've been newly diagnosed with breast cancer, read Dr. Link's first book to understand the basics of what you need to know to make the best decisions about your treatment. Then read this book, which is about the experience of breast cancer within your life as a whole. It is extraordinarily well written and readable, and will help you gain perspective about the emotionally devastating diagnosis of breast cancer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pvreader on November 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent companion book to Dr. John Link's first book "Breast Cancer Survival Manual". His first book is a good crash course on all the information and terminology needed to understand your diagnosis and treatments. This book however is more personal. It empowers you to be your best advocate. He encourages second opinions and treating the WHOLE woman... not just her cancer. So often physicians only see the woman as a part that is damaged. They don't consider quality of life issues along with their treatments. I recommend this book highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By About Breast Cancer Guide on November 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
A diagnosis of breast cancer can make you feel powerless. You are thrust into a world where nothing makes sense and asked to make life and death decisions - or have others make them for you. Dr. Link is a practicing oncologist who understands this.
Taking Charge of Your Breast Cancer empowers you. It gives insight into what is going on in your body, in the doctor's office and in your world. The advice does not come packaged in a condensending tone. You feel that this man knows what it is like to be a patient.
I found myself nodding in agreement with so much that he said. Second opinions, alternative treatments, chemo before surgery... so many topics that are presented clearly. This book makes taking charge - getting control back - so much easier.
The focus of this book is curing breast cancer. Recurrences are real and he deals with this, but he concentrates on living life to the fullest. The positive message is good to hear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By San Franciscan on December 30, 2004
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After getting them for my mom, I highly recommend this book and his earlier one ("Survival Guide"). There's quite a bit of overlap, but I wouldn't want to be without either one.

I wish we had read this book before we rushed into surgery. It discusses some situations in which chemo is done BEFORE the surgery, with the advantage that you can see whether the chemo is working or not by how much the tumor shrinks. Often less radical surgery is then necessary. And if you're feeling shy about asking for a second opinion, you won't anymore after hearing the experiences of his mother and sister...

Also recommended for many helpful tips and coverage of the psychological and family issues (but it's about a year less up to date than this book): "Just Get Me Through This." A great overview and starting place before the books by Dr. Link.
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