The Breast Cancer Book


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What You Need to Know to Make Informed Decisions

Ruth H. Grobstein, M.D., Ph.D.; Foreword by Margaret Foti, M.D.

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From a caring physician who has treated thousands of breast cancer patients, a clear and reassuring guide to the disease, its prevention, and its treatment.

A diagnosis of breast cancer is among the most frightening moments in a person’s life—so frightening that even to formulate questions for the doctor may seem impossible. This helpful book is written as a guide for women and men facing breast cancer and for their caring families and friends. It is also written for women who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer but are concerned that they may be.

Drawing on her many years of experience with breast cancer patients, Dr. Ruth H. Grobstein provides exactly the information they want and need in order to make the best health decisions. Her jargon-free book deals with general issues of interest to all women—mammography, hormone replacement therapy, risk factors for breast cancer, and more—as well as the numerous issues that patients diagnosed with breast cancer confront. Her book will be an indispensable companion, providing reliable information for patients on the journey through a sometimes confusing and impersonal medical system.

Ruth H. Grobstein, M.D., Ph.D., is founding director of the Ida M. and Cecil H. Green Cancer Center and founding head of radiation oncology at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, where she also holds the Rosenthal Chair in Cancer Prevention and Screening.

Features of the book:

• The most up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment options, endorsed by top medical experts

• Decision trees that tear out for easy reference—which lead the way toward sound decisions

• A simple, straightforward writing style

• An explanation of treatment teams and the roles of their members

• Organization that allows the reader to dip into the book at any point

• Helpful answers to all the essential questions about breast cancer

"Dr. Grobstein has managed to combine the technical scientific knowledge with the laypersons’ comprehension. The book should be the readable encyclopedia for all whose life comes in contact with cancer."—Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss Enterprises


"If you or a loved one have been threatened with breast cancer, I urge you to run to the nearest bookstore and buy this book—it might well prove to be life saving. I have sent dozens of my friends to Dr. Ruth Grobstein and without exception, they have called or written to thank me for sending them to Ruth, for her advice made all the difference as they regained confidence and faith in the future."—Deborah Szelsky, Founder, Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta

"The amount of knowledge in these pages is staggering, but accessible to a patient and a reassuring education for her family. A wise and empathetic practitioner, Dr. Grobstein synthesizes the recommendations you would hear from the most advanced medical institutions around the country. She stays with you from diagnosis through the transition from patient to survivor. This is the book to read for the journey beyond breast cancer."—Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and The Silent Passage

"This is the book that answers the questions you always wanted to ask, but never knew where to look. Dr. Ruth Grobstein’s book The Breast Cancer Book is easy to read with answers at your fingertips."—Hinda Gould Rosenthal, President, The Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Foundation and Trustee, The Yale Cancer Center



"When I was told I had breast cancer I was terrified. If The Breast Cancer Book had been available for me to read prior to my diagnosis many of my worst fears would have been greatly alleviated. This book should be required reading for all high school seniors."—Jeanne Jones, author, consultant and syndicated columnist

"This book, written by Dr. Ruth Grobstein, an accomplished and lauded expert in radiation oncology, is an essential resource for today’s woman. It guides the reader methodically through life-saving decisions about treatment options for breast cancer. The underlying message—to take control of your destiny through knowledge and empowerment—reflects the very spirit of the author who has had an extraordinary career of caring for cancer patients and of saving lives."—Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (hc), CEO, American Association for Cancer Research

"An exceptionally well thought out book on a difficult and complicated subject. Must reading for anyone with breast cancer concerns. The method of charting decision-making is brilliant and comforting."—Ruth Spear, Co-founder, National Association of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO)

"Dr. Grobstein is a caring, expert oncologist who listens carefully to her patients. This book is evidence of her understanding what patients, their friends and family want to know.”—Dr. Samuel Hellman

"This is an easy to read, very comprehensive book that will answer any question a woman might have about approaching a diagnosis of breast cancer."—Vincent T. Devita, M.D., Editor of Principles and Practice of Oncology

"Dr. Grobstein gives patients the tools they need to make the decisions that are right for their individual lives. . . .[this book] is the absolutely current, sensible, and compassionate guide for women and their families who need to understand the treatment options available today."—Advertiser

“The highlight, which will distinguish the book from its peers, is Grobstein's 'Decision Trees': similar to genealogy charts, these illustrations depict the various processes of the breast cancer experience, breaking them down to their component parts. Most women will find them exceedingly valuable in figuring out their next move. Featured throughout, these trees are also reproduced on perforated pages at the end of the text for personal use. Librarians, take heed. This reasonably priced, informative text is highly recommended for patient health collections.”—Library Journal


"Useful. . . . A clear and reassuring guide to the disease, its prevention, and its treatment. This jargon-free book deals with general issues of interest to all women . . . as well as the numerous issues that patients diagnosed with breast cancer confront."—Katie Seiden, Long Island Woman

"Gives patients the tools they need to make decisions that are right for their individual lives.  Author Dr. Ruth H. Grobstein cuts through medical jargon to pinpoint information women need at each stage of the disease."—Miami Herald

"The book is accurate, thorough, and clearly presented. Anyone confronted with breast cancer will find invaluable assistance in this presentation."—Science Books & Films

Selected for Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 2006
ISBN: 9780300104134
Publication Date: May 11, 2005
240 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
26 b/w illus. + decision trees
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