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for After Breast Cancer
After Breast Cancer: Answers to the Questions You're Afraid to
O'Reilly. (Patient-Centered Guides). 2003. c.196p. ISBN 0-596-50783-6.
For over two million women living today after treatment for breast cancer,
mention of the disease often elicits the response, "Been there;
done that; don't want to do it again." Mayer, a counselor,
activist, and contributor to publications such as MAMM magazine,
felt the same after her diagnosis in 1989. But having researched
the disease, she knew other women were at sea regarding their
feelings and concerns about what happens next. Are they cured? Is
the breast cancer gone? Will it recur? In an attempt to
demonstrate the universality of these concerns, Mayer includes
comments from women who are veterans of the breast cancer
campaign. She also offers up statistic upon statistic of the
current state of breast cancer and survivorship-perhaps too many,
as the picture seems a bit more muddled after reading this than
before. Ultimately, Mayer encourages women to be thoughtful, not
tormented; they should let their bodies tell them if something is
wrong. Breast cancer patients are basically all in the same boat.
Mayer's final advice is to grab an oar and keep rowing. For
comprehensive patient-health collections.
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