Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women from thirty-five to fifty-four years of age, and few things are as terrifying and confusing as a diagnosis of this disease. The fifth edition of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual is a concise, information-packed guide that is newly revised to contain all of the latest findings to help the woman facing treatment feel informed and empowered. John Link, M.D., the director of the Memorial Breast Center in Long Beach--ranked by Self magazine as one of America’s top-ten breast cancer centers-- includes the most current medical advice on
- tamoxifen, Herceptin, and other chemotherapy options
- the growing importance of HER2 oncogene testing
- clinical research trials under way that could broaden treatment options
- the role of preventive drugs and prophylactic mastectomy for those with high genetic risk/li>
- sentinel lymph node sampling, a method of local control soon to become standard
Of course, all of the basic information included in the previous editions--the nature and biology of breast cancer, choosing a treatment team, managing side effects, and optimizing medication--are here as well, making this the best book of its kind on the market.