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If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer,you're probably confused, afraid, shocked, or even angry. Or youmay be all of the above. Let this book become your trusted manual.Discover more about the cancer, explore treatment options, findways to make this part of your life easier. Let shared experiencesserve as your knowledgeable guide and anchor to help you make wiseand confident choices.

Think of breast cancer as a journey and this book as yourroadmap. Have you already been diagnosed? In that case, this bookcan help you explore these important truths:

  • Breast cancer is not a death sentence. Most women diagnosedwith early stage breast cancer can look forward to enjoying ahealthy, full life.
  • Not only are you unique as a person, but so, too, is yourparticular form of cancer, your treatment options, and yourprognosis.
  • Every day more is discovered about how to prevent, detectearlier, and more effectively treat breast cancer.
  • You are not alone. More than two million women in the UnitedStates today are breast cancer survivors. Thousands of groups andprograms across the country offer support, and chances are, one isclose to your neighborhood.

All the information in this book is based on the most recentresearch findings, the clinical expertise of oncologists, and theinvaluable experiences of the women who have walked this roadbefore. Breast Cancer For Dummies covers all of thefollowing topics and more in simple, easy-to-understand terms:

  • Coming to grips with breast cancer
  • Decoding your pathology report
  • Finding the right treatment for you
  • Rekindling intimacy after treatment
  • Health Insurance and money woes
  • Talking to children about breast cancer

This book can help you feel like you have a sister who's adoctor, a sister who tells you what to expect every step of theway, who gives you the best advice she can, and guides you alongthe way. (Of course, there is absolutely no replacement for adviceabout you from your own doctor.) You'll feel empowered toknow and understand what's going on in your body, so that you canbecome a part of your own treatment team and make decisions alongwith your doctors and your family.

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