Work Title: Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment: Medical Specialists and Cancer Survivors Tell You What You Need to Know
Work Author(s): Kenneth D. Miller, editor
John Hopkins University Press
20 b/w photos, 27 line drawings, 424 pages, Hardcover $45.00, Softcover $18.95, 9780801886850
Reviewer: Olivia Boler
A diagnosis of breast cancer for a woman or loved one can be a frightening and, at times, emotionally paralyzing experience. There are so many questions: How bad is it? How far has it spread? What are the treatment options? And, perhaps most harrowing of all: Why did this happen?Fortunately---or unfortunately, depending on the way one looks at it---hundreds of thousands of women in the United States, with the support of their families and doctors, have faced breast cancer, treated it, and survived. In this comprehensive essay collection doctors, nurses, and cancer survivors tell their stories, explain the different kinds of treatments, and give advice on the ways of navigating all of the choices available. Editor Kenneth Miller, a medical oncologist and professor at the Yale Cancer Center, Yale School of Medicine, is himself married to a cancer survivor. Divided into five parts, the first gives an overview and the second discusses various treatments available including hormone therapy, lumpectomy, and mastectomy, as well as reconstructive cosmetic surgery options. The...