Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-changing Decisions

Book - 2010
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'An invaluable resource form women with a family history of cancer . . . I highly recommend this book.'
- Therese Bevers, M.D., Medical Director of the Cancer Prevention Center at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

Imagine discovering you had a significant risk of developing breast cancer. What would you do?
Through the incredible stories of five young friends, as well as interviews with more than seventy leading medical experts, health writer Dina Roth Port addresses the universal questions of women everywhere who have watched family members suffer from breast cancer and wondered, 'Am I next?' Full of practical information, Previvors is the first comprehensive book to guide women through the difficult process of using modern genetic testing to determine their risk, weighing the options, and coping with the emotions of deciding to undergo surgery.
Readers will learn-

The pros and cons of testing for the BRCA gene mutations How to decide between surgical or nonsurgical options The latest research in breast cancer surveillance The advanced new world of breast reconstruction The genetic link between breast and ovarian cancer How to overcome body image and sex issues post-surgery, and more

From navigating health insurance coverage to finding the right medical team, Previvors is an invaluable resource for women facing decisions about their risk and future health.

'The women featured in Previvors are heroes for sharing their stories, and the book will no doubt save many lives . . . a brilliant resource that will guide women through the genetic revolution with knowledge, and perhaps even more important hope.'
- Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy

'Thoughtful and insightful . . . and packed with sound research and advice. I finally have a book I can recommend to my patients who have breast cancer in their families.'
- Christy Russell, M.D., national board member of the American Cancer Society, Co-Director of the University of Southern California/Norris Lee Breast Center, Los Angeles

Publisher: New York : Avery, c2010
ISBN: 9781583334058
Branch Call Number: 616.99449 POR 2010
Characteristics: xiii, 267 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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