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Breast Cancer for Dummies

1 rating: 4.0
A book by Ronit Elk Ph.D.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you're probably confused, afraid, shocked, or even angry. Or you may be all of the above. Let this book become your trusted manual. Discover more about the cancer, explore treatment … see full wiki

Author: Ronit Elk Ph.D.
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: For Dummies
1 review about Breast Cancer for Dummies

A Good Primer for 4 1/2 Stars

  • Dec 6, 2009
This is a good book for a patient facing
breast cancer. The author cautions to get
a Board Certified cancer specialist,
second opinions and show up for follow-up
visits religiously. The book is written
in simple English without too much
medicalese. The presentation is a bit skimpy
on the nutritional dimensions and alternative
medicine. Dr. Burton Goldberg has the
"Definitive Guide" which has cancer protocols
with the attendant medical journal references.

The volume accomplishes the following:
o it assists in decoding the pathology report
o there are clear explanations of the stage of
each treatment milestone
o the actual chemo is explained and contrasted
o hormonal therapies are given
o the mastectomy types are explained
i.e. simple, skin sparing and prophylactic

The skin may feel tight in the post surgery.
This aspect may be aided by acupuncture,
rolfing or more advanced massage techniques.

Cancer survivors have specific things to do in
the post-operative period; namely,

o avoid sunburn
o use anti-biotic creams on cuts
o use a thimble for sewing
o keep nails moist with cream
o have blood drawn on the arm opposite the surgery
o wear gloves for household work involving chemicals
o use an electric shaver
o avoid excessive heat and treat burns immediately
o don't wear tight clothes
o utilize shoulder straps for support
o wear light bras
o never miss an appointment

Overall, the presentation is excellent.

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