The Breast Cancer Book What You Need to Know to Make Informed Decisions Ruth H. Grobstein

Yale University Press Health & Wellness
Publication date:
11 May 2005
Yale University Press
240 pages: 235 x 156mm
26 b-w illus. + decision trees
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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.

“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 Szekely, founder, Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta

"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."--Samuel Hellman, M.D., co-editor of Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology

“Dr. Grobstein’s book is user-friendly, accessible, and encouraging. She empowers women to make sound choices in what is usually a time of incredible stress and anxiety.”—Catherine C. Park, M.D.