The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer

Take Charge of Your Recovery and Remission

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer is much more than my autobiography—I wrote it to empower patients to take charge of their own treatment decisions and help them stay in remission.
– Janet Maker, Ph. D.
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Publication Details

Author: Janet Maker, Ph.D.
Publication Date: February, 2017
Distributor: Ingram
Trim: 6×9
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
ISBN (Hardcover) 978-0-9976619-0-3
ISBN (Paperback) 978-0-9976619-1-0
ISBN (eBook) 978-0-9976619-2-7
Published by Jane Thomas Press


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
Patients who have read this book will approach treatment from an empowered and much less fearful place.
Dwight L. McKee MD, CNS, ABIHM.
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.
Laura Jimenez, Ph.D.
Oncology Research Scientist, University of California Los Angeles


Janet Maker, Ph.D. Author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer

A Few Words from the Author

Dr. Janet Maker, Ph.D.

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.

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