Take Charge of Your Recovery and Remission
When I was diagnosed in 2011, like most people, I knew almost nothing about breast cancer. What I did know is that I didn’t feel safe simply following my doctors’ advice. I needed to understand for myself all my treatment options, the statistical outcomes for each option, and all the potential side effects, so I could make informed decisions. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer is the story of my journey and the things I learned along the way. It’s the book I wished I had before, during, and after my treatment.
I don’t support cancer charities that expect patients to smile, put on a pink ribbon, donate, and blame themselves for having cancer or for failing to recover. Instead, I support organizations that empower patients to question authority and make sure they are getting the best care.
"Patients who have read this book will approach treatment from an empowered and much less fearful place."
Integrative Oncologist and co-author of After Cancer Care
"A must-read for any breast cancer patient looking for an insightful and up to date resource."
Oncology Research Scientist, University of California Los Angeles
Read an Excerpt: Eight Things to Know When You Are Diagnosed With Breast Cancer
The excerpt includes important information for the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient. The subject is Finding Help, and it is intended as a way to help patients find the best medical care. It includes:
- what to expect from your oncology doctors
- how to use patient advocates, integrative oncologists, and concierge doctors
- second (or more) opinions
- how to find the best doctors and hospitals
- the importance of understanding forms before you sign
- understanding the financial aspect
- how to obtain information from other patients and from medical literature
- how to organize your information