Empower yourself. Take control of your breast cancer and your life.

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I loved this book for all its amazing wisdom, complexities, thought-provoking answers and the driven attitude for finding the right choices.
The author’s own insightful lessons learned will have a positive impact on all those struggling to understand their disease.
–      Patricia Hadfield, Retired Oncology Nurse
Martina has done an exceptional job in compiling the most relevant and up-to-date information regarding breast cancer. I only wish I had this resource available to me at the time of my diagnosis. Being better informed would have eased my anxiety tremendously. However, I’m happy to know that many other women will benefit from this well-researched book, and it will certainly help me to move forward confidently in preventing a recurrence. Knowledge is empowerment, so thank you for that Martina!”
– Nancy Thacker, Survivor

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.

 

ISBN 978-09687439-1-1

Contents
INTRODUCTION to Smart Decisions about Breast Cancer.

1 What is Cancer?

2  How do Women get Breast Cancer?

3  Reflections on getting through treatment and beyond.

4  Diagnostics.

5  Breast Cancer Types and Stages.

6  What sub-type is Your Cancer?

7  Understanding your Pathology Report.

8 Second Opinions and Decision making.

9 Coping.

10 What is the standard of care.

11 Complementary, alternative and integrative medicine.

12  Overview of treatment options.

13  Surgery.

14  Chemotherapy.

15  Radiation.

16  Getting through Radiation.

17  Endocrine Therapy.

18  Looking good, feeling good.

19 Survivorship.

20 Living well, superfoods and avoiding recurrence.

21 Stage 4.

22 Clinical Trials.

23 Research.

24 Reflections: on Research, on Drugs, on how long it’s all taking.

Includes index, and footnotes for sources.