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Informative Books on Cancer
Cancer Books

Managing the Side Effects of
Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy
By: Marylin J. Dodd, Professor of Nursing

This book is written specifically for patients and their caregivers. It lists potential side effects, signs, and symptoms of over 70 chemotherapy agents and provides specific suggestions for dealing with each side effect. It is cross referenced by both the drug and the side effect.

This book can be purchased for $20.00 plus $6 Shipping and Handling. They can be ordered directly from UCSF Nursing Press, CA by calling (415)-476-4992 or online at


Surgery A Patient's Guide from Diagnosis to Recovery
By: Claire Mailhot, Melinda Brubaker, and Linda Garatt Slezak

This book covers each step of the surgery experience. Topics covered include: insurance, personal issues, selecting a surgeon and surgery facility, legal, anesthesia, operation room, post-anesthesia care, medication, discharge and recovery. Once again this resource eliminates the fear of the unknown by carefully detailing each step of the process. I highly recommend this book for anyone facing a surgery of any kind. I sent a copy to my mother-in-law prior to her surgery.

This book can be purchased for $20.00 plus $6 Shipping and Handling. They can be ordered directly from UCSF Nursing Press, CA by calling (415)-476-4992 or online at


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Art.Rage.Us. : Art and Writing by Women With Breast Cancer
Review below by Diana DeMille ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) from San Luis Obispo, CA , July 19, 1998

A powerful expression of women with breast cancer.
I am honored to be one of the artists in this powerful and moving book. At my art exhibits I include Art.Rage.Us and note that the book is in constant use during the shows. So many people are affected by the ravages of cancer. Both this book and the art exhibit are healing for victims, families and friends. The Art.Rage.Us. exhibit will tour the U.S.A. until December 2000. See it. You will be moved. Buy this book for your permanent library. Your heart will be touched. I cannot read this book without tears. The women are powerful role models. I admire and respect you!

Karen's note:
This book was given to me by my good friend Karen Turner. It shocked me at first, but I suppose it was supposed to. The writing is very powerful. Thank you Karen.


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Her-2 : The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancerby Robert Bazell, Mary-Claire King
The New York Times Book Review
by Robin Marantz Henig

Her-2 is about the making and marketing of an entirely new kind of cancer therapy. In the hands of Robert Bazell, the chief science correspondent of NBC News, the story is told like a good television script: clearly, simply and dramatically.


The Breast Cancer Survival Manual : A Step-By-Step Guide for the Woman With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer
by John Link

In a valuable guide for women who have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, Dr. John Link helps sort through the confusion and the fear, by explaining such things as how to get a second opinion and how to understand a pathology report.

Particularly valuable is Link's step-by-step description of how breast cancer is characterized, or staged, according to tumor size, hormone receptors, and other factors--and how that affects prognosis. As a breast cancer specialist at Long Beach and Orange Coast Memorial hospitals in Southern California, Link knows the medical jargon and what it means. Although his writing style is at times a bit jargony and difficult to read, a breast cancer patient will willingly read and reread every word. The book also includes useful chapters on diet, exercise, herbs, and vitamins; managing the side effects of treatment; healing's mind-body connection; and organizing medical records and keeping a personal journal or log.

Ending on an encouraging note, Link writes, "You should know that most women today are cured of breast cancer. They undergo treatment, become survivors, and go on with their lives. But having breast cancer is certainly a wake-up call to many and may be for you. Life now has added uncertainty." This step-by-step manual helps you navigate the uncertainty and become a survivor, both physically and psychologically.


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