There is much to admire in this book.
When I picked it up, because the writer did not have “MD” after her name, I was expecting something much more soft and fluffy. Instead, I found scientific information that was for the most part very clearly expressed.
I like the flow charts very much … One question I had throughout the book was, How will I know what type of cancer I have (for example, Luminal A or HER2+)? Will the doctor tell me? Will this information be obvious in some way, or will I have to ask. What if I don’t understand his or her answer? I had the same questions about the pathology report. How do I get hold of my pathology report if the doctor does not offer it to me?
SMART DECISIONS ABOUT BREAST CANCER – choices, risks, living well, preventing recurrence is a powerful health literacy book, “ahead of the curve” with the latest info about breast cancer guidelines and standards, treatments, research, and surviving well. Includes helpful tools and decision charts to more easily understand your choices (yes, there are choices!) and make good decisions that align with your values as well as the current care guidelines.
Chapters on surgery (what is most appropriate?), chemotherapy (yes or no?); getting through radiation; complementary and alternative medicine; changing standards of care and what is the gold standard; understanding your pathology report; how to determine your breast cancer subtype and recurrence patterns; survivorship; looking good and feeling good; living well, superfoods, and avoiding recurrence; latest research directions and how the immune system works. Also a basic chapter on what is cancer, and how do women get breast cancer, a question we all ask upon diagnosis.
Includes index, and footnotes for sources.