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Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer Hardcover – Aug 31 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (Aug. 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002008149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002008143
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Life in the Balance is much like the Dr. Marla we all know--frank, authoritative, and wildly informative. What surprised me was the depth of intimacy here, both from Marla and from her family. They have all been struck by this disease, and their decision to share their thoughts and reflections could not have been an easy one. But we benefit from their courage, and their heart. This is a moving, deeply personal read." (Seamus O?Regan, Co-Host, Canada AM)

About the Author

DR. MARLA SHAPIRO is a Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a Specialist in Community Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and has her own family practice. The medical consultant for CTV National News and Canada AM, she also hosted the show Balance: Television for Living Well and writes a bi-weekly column in The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto with her family.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Haddad on Sept. 27 2007
Format: Hardcover
As someone currently going through treatment for breast cancer a friend thought this book would be a great read. Overall I thought it was very good and I felt I could relate on an emotional level. However, I felt that her experience was definitely the 'rich Canadian women/Doctor', from diagnosis to surgery to treatments what she experienced is not how it is for the 'average Canadian women' and so by the end I felt very frustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nlfk on Dec 3 2011
Format: Hardcover
Starting to read this book after finding out I had breast cancer but before I met with my surgeon caused me a great deal of anxiety. In fact, I could not read very much of it. I tried to read it again after my surgery but before I had my pathology report back (which would help with my treatment plan). Again it was much too stressful and caused me a great deal of unnecessary anxiety. Now that I have my pathology report back (and thankfully it is "good") I have started to read this again. However, Dr. Marla's choice of treatment is like hitting a fly with a sledgehammer. However, there isn't one right answer with a choice of treatment. Everyone is different. I would ONLY recomend this book AFTER you have had sugery and AFTER the pathology report is back and you know your recomended treatment.....perhaps have already met with the oncologists. Otherwise, I would recomend "Breast Cancer for Dummies".
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Ann on Oct. 30 2009
Format: Hardcover
My best friend gave me this book when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and I read and reread it for the next two years, through two mastectomies, reconstructions and a million tests. It was my lifeline. Dr. Shapiro clearly describes the experience of diagnosis and what happens afterwards. She gives hope, but she doesn't leave you with any illusions. This book and Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book: 3rd Edition provided my cancer recovery road maps. I highly recommend it for women who have been newly diagnosed, and for women who are considering reconstruction.
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