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The Breast Cancer Companion: From Diagnosis Through Treatment to Recovery: Everything You Need to Know for Every Step Along the Way Paperback – October 1, 1994

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Although the incidence of breast cancer continues to rise, the death rate remains constant. More women are surviving. Coping with this frightening illness, making informed healthcare decisions, and caring for family and friends during this stressful time can be overwhelming. La Tour, a breast cancer survivor, has written a comprehensive and intimate manual covering all aspects of the disease: diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, breast reconstruction, emotional issues, and death and dying. She has interviewed 120 cancer survivors and family members and 16 healthcare providers specializing in cancer care, and quotations from the interviews add personal touches to the text. This book complements Yashar Hirshaut and Peter Pressman's Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide ( LJ 8/92). The latter provides more detail about medical and surgical treatment while La Tour's book emphasizes practical survival skills. An excellent addition to consumer health collections. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.--Ed.
- Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Breast cancer survivor La Tour draws upon her own experience and that of some 120 others as well as upon their families and health professionals to amass extensive information on the medical and emotional issues involved in surviving the disease. Through her, the many women who may be diagnosed with it--some 182,000 during 1993 alone, it has been estimated--hear about choosing the correct doctor, getting second opinions, the variety of available treatment and reconstruction options, and the varied outcomes of those choices in the words of survivors. Special chapters on the emotional and physical issues of life after breast cancer and when "living with cancer becomes dying from cancer" provide additional insight and sources of support. Comprehensive and well-written, her guide is a useful addition to breast cancer literature. Karen Graves --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380719967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380719969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,474,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ealovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book by breast cancer survivor and journalist, Kathy Latour in small doses. If you're still in denial about your breast cancer, or a loved one's breast cancer, you might not want to read it at all---although you somehow need to move out of denial as quickly as possible. Here are some statistics from the National Cancer Institute web site that might help you (at least you're not alone with your disease):
"Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. It continues to be a major health care problem in the US and worldwide. The lifetime risk of a US woman developing breast cancer is 1 in 8 and the risk increases with advancing age--1 in 54 by age 50 and 1 in 23 by age 60 (National Cancer Institute, 2000). Over 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are age 50 or older."
Okay so I'm part of the 75% over 50 years old, but one of the really scary things about this book is the youth of the women who were diagnosed for the first time. The author was 37. My sister was 36. Many of the women whose stories are told in "The Breast Cancer Companion" were in their twenties or early thirties when they first discovered a suspicious lump. Some of the worst stories in the book (for me) concerned women who discovered their cancer during pregnancy.
"Coping with Chemotherapy and Its Effects," and "Lymphedema and Infection" tie for the second-most-depressing chapters. You may find "Facing Death" even more dismal. Not me. Not now, at least.
Even though this book is biased toward the stories and treatments of younger women, I think those of us who are post-menopausal will still benefit from reading it. I just skipped the sections on becoming pregnant during or after treatment, and grief counseling for children.
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Format: Paperback
Companion - absolutely. Where I went, it went during the first months. There was always an answer to help me center myself. I've now designed a website which I hope will be just a bit of what Kathy's book did for me. It is must reading for anyone diagnosed, and those who love her.
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Format: Hardcover
I had to read this book by breast cancer survivor and journalist, Kathy Latour in small doses. If you're still in denial about your breast cancer, or a loved one's breast cancer, you might not want to read it at all---although you somehow need to move out of denial as quickly as possible. (...)One of the really scary things about this book is the youth of the women who were diagnosed for the first time. (...) Many of the women whose stories are told in "The Breast Cancer Companion" were in their twenties or early thirties when they first discovered a suspicious lump. Some of the worst stories in the book (for me) concerned women who discovered their cancer during pregnancy.
"Coping with Chemotherapy and Its Effects," and "Lymphedema and Infection" tie for the second-most-depressing chapters. You may find "Facing Death" even more dismal. (...)
Even though this book is biased toward the stories and treatments of younger women, I think those of us who are post-menopausal will still benefit from reading it. I just skipped the sections on becoming pregnant during or after treatment, and grief counseling for children.
One other caution: my oncologist says that the chapter on bone marrow transplants is already out-of-date, even though this book was published in 1993. Use "The Breast Cancer Companion" as you would use advice and sympathy from a friend who has survived her disease for ten years. (...)
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