- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 9, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071409254
- ISBN-13: 978-0071409254
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,535,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fighting for Our Future : How Young Women Find Strength, Hope, and Courage While Taking Control of Breast Cancer 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Although there are currently more than 250,000 women in the U.S. under 40 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, they have been proportionally underrepresented in medical studies. Since breast cancer does not afflict younger women as often as it does the middle-aged and elderly, physicians have also misdiagnosed them. Murphy spent two years studying this age group and, in consultation with medical professionals, provides a valuable resource for young women. Combining anecdotes from breast cancer patients who have undergone treatment with emerging scientific research, Murphy has compiled a clear and non-judgmental guide to negotiating treatment and living with the illness. Included are suggestions for the newly diagnosed on the questions to ask health care professionals, information on how to establish a support network, the pros and cons of reconstructive surgery, and details on handling breast cancer while pregnant. Young women who have gone through radiation, surgery and chemotherapy describe these procedures. Murphy also has an excellent chapter on complementary and alternative treatments (CAM) that have proved their value to many patients.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
It is a startling statistic--in the United States each year, ten thousand women under the age of forty are diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet, because they make up only about five percent of the total number of those stricken, virtually all of the readily available information on breast cancer has focused on older women--until now. If you or someone you love is a young woman coping with breast cancer, this much-needed book was created for you. Here, for the first time, is all the vital information about breast cancer as it relates to the unique medical--and emotional--issues and challenges faced by young women.
Within these pages is the latest medical knowledge about young women with breast cancer, based on interviews with doctors and scientists doing cutting-edge research in the field--some of whom are breast cancer survivors themselves. In addition, this book includes the inspiring and instructive first-hand stories of other young women's experiences, from discovery and diagnosis to treatment and recovery. The result is a host of practical and personal information on a range of concerns, from how to find a breast surgeon to the effects of a life-threatening illness on a new marriage or relationship to:
- Coping with body image, dating, sex, and intimacy
- Breast reconstruction options
- The latest facts about fertility and pregnancy for breast cancer survivors
- Alternative and complementary treatments and spiritual approaches to illness
- Advice to young mothers on child-rearing during chemotherapy
- Fitness, Diet, and taking care of your body
- Facing Recurrence and Metastasis
...and much more, including a comprehensive Resource Guide citing other relevant books, articles, web sites, and organizations. Filled with hard-won wisdom, compassion, and invaluable information, Fighting for Our Future is a survival guide and support group in one volume--an engaging, exceptional tool for understanding the physical, emotional, and spiritual experience of young women coping with--and living with--breast cancer.
The First Comprehensive Survival Guide for
Young Breast Cancer Patients and Their Families
"This book is emotional, compelling and deeply necessary--offering promise and hope for young women by arming us with the crucial information we absolutely need to hear and understand."--Melissa Joan Hart, Actress, Host of the documentary Fighting for Our Future
"Personal stories, medical advice and honest answers to the questions young women with breast cancer ask: this book is a valuable resource for women, health professionals, and caregivers."--Amy S. Langer, Executive director, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO)
"A must read. Beth Murphy integrates the scientific facts about the disease with histories obtained from personal interviews with survivors. When controversy exists, the author is careful to report both sides of the issue. There is valuable information for families and friends as well as the patient."--David Rosenthal, Ph.D., director of Harvard University Health Services, former President of the American Cancer Society
"Fighting for Our Future has the power to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of women. Its scope and breadth make it a critical resource on breast cancer and young women. These unforgettable pages resonate with great hope and promise that will inspire all readers."--Carole Black, President & CEO, Lifetime Entertainment Services
A Companion to the Lifetime Original Documentary "Fighting for Our Future"
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Astoundingly, Murphy even manages to discuss the controversial political issues of breast cancer without ever stepping up on a soapbox. She sticks to the facts about who says what, and what questions still go unanswered.
This book is a must have for any woman who wishes to get a real understanding of her health risks where breast cancer is concerned.
Every doctor (particularly those still preaching "you're too young to have breast cancer"!!), nurse, mammography technician, breast health specialist, and breast cancer researcher should read this book and take its message to their jobs.
Every woman under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer, every mother, sister, father, brother, friend, and boyfriend of a young survivor should buy this book immediately.
There is nothing else on the market that even comes close.