Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book

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Here is an encyclopedic and authoritative reference to help keep everyone informed and grounded on the topic of breast health. With accessible writing, it delivers a colossal amount of information on issues like cancer types and risk rates, diagnostic options and risks, non-cancer diseases and disorders, environmental and diet factors, dealing with doctors, genetic markers, and more. There’s even a section on how to understand the designs of scientific studies. Coleen Marlo performs this patient-centered guide with laser-accurate phrasing and medical textbook seriousness. Though some listeners might wish for more emotional variety or lightness in her approach, a more personable reading of this data-heavy guide would risk drawing too much attention to the performance. Marlo’s consistency and clarity are exactly right for this no-nonsense resource. T.W. © AudioFile 2012

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has long been the bible for the newly diagnosed. In this completely revised fifth edition, it also becomes a guide for those at risk of getting breast cancer, survivors interested in the consequences of their treatment, and anyone who wants to understand the new research about how the local environment influences the manifestations and treatments of many different kinds of breast cancer. Major advances being made in genetic research today mean that prevention and treatment can work not only to get rid of mutated cells (through chemo or surgery), but also to change the environment around the cells (through hormone therapy, exercise, and stress reduction). Among other promising developments discussed are advances in imaging, recognition of breast density as a risk factor, and a section focused on “personalized medicine” to help determine what kind of cancer you have and how best to treat it.
Any woman facing a diagnosis, decisions about treatment, or concerns about prevention will find in Dr. Love’s book the information, guidance, and reassurance she needs.