The Breast Cancer Companion

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The Breast Cancer Companion

A Guide For The Newly Diagnosed

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Guidance, organization, and timely ÏinsiderÓ tips to help your breast cancer treatment and recovery go as smoothly and successfully as possible.

Filled with the best-of-the-best advice from the available research, leading doctors, breast cancer survivors, and Nancy SokolowskiÌs 30 years as one of the countryÌs most respected and sought after breast health specialists, The Breast Cancer Companion is a step-by-step guide to assist you in mounting a smart, organized, and ultimately successful battle with breast cancer.

Helping you stay well-organized and well-informed, this essential companion includes health information, tips, and resources, plus provides ample space and encouragement to record questions, thoughts and feelings, doctor's appointments, medications, and contact information for the oncology team and others.

YouÌll find:

  • A calendar to plan and manage your schedule
  • A directory to organize important contacts
  • Questions to ask your medical team
  • Tips and advice from breast cancer survivors
  • Ample space to reflect on your experience
  • A list of resources and breast cancer-related organizations
With The Breast Cancer Companion at your side, youÌll have the peace of mind, time, and energy to focus on what matters most: staying well and achieving a healthy outcome.


Product Details

  • Publication Date July 27, 2010
  • Page Count 176
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603996

Editorial Review(s)

Named a 2010 Best Consumer Health Book by the American Journal of Nursing.

"This book will help patients newly diagnosed and struggling with the confusing array of terms, technologies, and choices before them. Organization is the first step to control and this book provides the means to get started." - Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

"This book is a wonderful and helpful resource for the woman with breast cancer. It is calming, positive and reassuring. I will recommend it to my patients." -John Link, M.D., Breast oncologist and author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual

"I wish The Breast Cancer Companion was available when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having this in hand would have simplified matters and made managing treatment far easier. I cannot recommend this enough to any woman diagnosed with breast cancer." – Maria T. Vargas, Pre-K Teacher, Rockefeller University Child and Family Center and breast cancer survivor

"This workbook for patients offers a wealth of tools for keeping track of doctor visits, medications, treatments, and expenses while surviving breast cancer, combined with advice on preparing for different types of treatment and suggestions for regaining health after treatment. There is also an overview of reconstruction and prosthesis and related intimacy issues. The bulk of the book contains forms for organizing the medical team's contacts, space for making notes on medical appointments, a calendar, and logs for keeping track of treatment history, medications, and lab tests. There are also forms for organizing insurance information and itemizing medical expenses. Peppered with boxed quotes from real survivors, the book includes a glossary and lists of books, magazines, organizations, and vendors. Sokolowski is co-founder of Norwalk Hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center. Rossi is co-author of a diabetes patient workbook."-- Book News, Inc.

About The Author(s)

Nancy Sokolowski RN, OCN

Nancy Sokolowski, RN, OCN, is a nationally recognized breast health specialist, with a 30-year career at Norwalk Hospital (a teaching affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine). Nancy's role as the co-founder of the hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center and her pioneering role of "breast cancer navigator" assisting newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the myriad hospital services make her uniquely positioned to write the The Breast Cancer Companion.

Nancy was the recipient of the 2008 North East Region of the All for Her award from Genentech, the drugmaker of Herceptin, a breast cancer treatment for women and she was also awarded the American Cancer Society's Star of Hope award for excellence in providing compassionate and skilled care for people facing cancer and her unyielding contribution to the cancer fight.

Valerie Rossi

Valerie Rossi is co-author of the critically acclaimed My Diabetes Workbook: The Essential Planner and Organizer for People with Type 2 Diabetes, which was awarded the "favorably reviewed seal" by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and was a 2006 Benjamin Franklin award finalist in the health category. Valerie is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

A Few Words from the Authors-The Meaningfulness of This Project
How to Make This Book Work for You
1. First Steps
2. Recovery
3. My Team and My Plans
5. Record-Keeping
6. Resources