The Breast Cancer Companion

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The Breast Cancer Companion

A Guide For The Newly Diagnosed

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

The Breast Cancer Companion is for the 2+ million women living with breast cancer in the US. It provides a step-by-step guide through the breast cancer treatment process guiding women towards a healthy outcome.

The book is full of health information, tips, questions, resources, and inspirational quotes from breast cancer survivors that will guide women through the treatment process. It provides ample space and encouragement to record questions, thoughts and feelings, doctor's appointments, medications, and contact information for the oncology team and others. It covers myriad details often lost in the trauma and emotion of diagnosis and illness.

It will help women be well-organized and well-informed, and have peace of mind so that, so they have the time and energy to focus on what matters most: staying well and achieving a healthy outcome.

Special Features of the book include

    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 to inspire other women
    Ample space to reflect on your experience
    A list of Resources and breast cancer-related organizations

Product Details

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

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

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