Surviving Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Hope, Treatment, and Recovery Hardcover – Oct 11 2012
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"A clear and comprehensive guide, a useful companion to anyone traveling the path of a hormone-negative breast cancer diagnosis. Patricia Prijatel's tone is that of a gentle authority, as one who has made the journey and is living disease-free. Her research is thorough; her perspective, genuine. Although today there are no targeted therapies, she focuses on current promising possibilities within the patient's control, such as diet modification and weight loss. Patricia shares her valuable knowledge generously, relaying a hopeful message." --Lori Redmer, Executive Director, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
"Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is a clear and comprehensive guide, a useful companion to anyone traveling the path of a hormone-negative breast cancer diagnosis. Patricia Prijatel's tone is that of a gentle authority, as one who has made the journey and is living disease-free. Her research is thorough; her perspective, genuine. Although today, there are no targeted therapies, she focuses on current promising possibilities within the patient's control, such as diet modification and weight loss. Patricia shares her valuable knowledge generously, relaying a hopeful message." -- Lori Redmer, Executive Director, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
"A wonderful blend of memoir, health information, and hope." -- Julie Silver, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and author of What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope(American Cancer Society)
"The voice of a true friend echoes throughout these pages. I congratulate [the author] on a monumental achievement. She has distilled a great deal of information down to a highly readable volume." -- Carol EH Scott-Conner, Professor of Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
"With its blending of facts, personal information, and gentle humor, this book will be valuable to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, whether triple-negative or not." -- Madlyn Ferraro, former network coordinator of cancer clinical trials, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Prijatel's journalistic skills are evident in her fluid prose and the detail with which she lays out the specifics of TNBC . . . She states her goal here is to 'inform, educate, calm, and encourage.' She does so in fine form. Highly recommended." --Library Journal, starred review
"This well-written and informative book would certainly benefit anyone whose life has been touched by triple-negative breast cancer. It is written by a journalist who clearly knows how to research information, and she explains the most important messages in terms that readers of most educational backgrounds can understand without overwhelming them." -- Sandra Joy Peacock, University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Doody's
About the Author
Patricia Prijatel, E.T. Meredith Distinguished Professor Emerita at Drake University, has helped educate, motivate, support, and challenge people for the better part of three decades. She is a nationally published magazine writer, an award-winning teacher, and a well-respected writing coach. Her "Positives About Negative" blog has reached more than 100,000 readers and is one of the few sites that deals specifically with triple negative breast cancer.
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Since the subject is breast cancer, I would like to share a few personal thoughts with those who are newly diagnosed. I had Stage IIa with extension to the lymph nodes and have been through the surgeries, chemo and fallout, and radiation but I want to say this: you will get over it. Most newly diagnosed patients will go on to live full lives. The initial diagnosis and treatment options are overwhelming. When I went to "chemo class" to learn what was coming, I walked out deciding to have no treatment at all - but of course I changed my mind when faced with the alternatives! But in the end it is really not that bad - there are definitely some miserable times (chemo blew out my gall bladder - it was full of gangrene!) but you get through them. When you are in the middle of it, it seems that for about a year the doctors take over your life - but then lo and behold you get your life back! It helped me that my 70-year old sister has been through breast cancer twice and (two different cancers) and now is fighting a lymphoma, but she still teaches every day and is deeply involved with her 6 small grandchildren. Her quality of life is good and the docs assure her that this latest cancer won't kill her. So hang in there - you do have a future. The fears will fade and you will go on with your life. Having had cancer just becomes the "new normal" in your life - it somehow just fits in and you get used to it.
A caveat: Some breast cancer patients prefer not to read about the specifics of prognosis, life expectancy, etc. They should not read this book. It might be anxiety-producing for those people. Everyone else will find it well-written and informative.
One quibble: The book has a LOT of statistics, perhaps a bit too much; there are many inset boxes detailing the results of studies, or providing epidemiological data, some of which was already summarized in the text. And not all the statistics were illuminating.
However, in terms of making treatment decisions and surviving TNBC, I found this book lacking. I guess this is where the footnotes become so important -- Prijatel provides a roadmap for TNBC, but leaves the reader with the responsibility to research topics in more detail. A reasonable approach to an information-rich topic.
The concluding recommendations for surviving TNBC are largely based on the author's personal experience, and I found this part of the book most lacking. She writes much about life style changes (meditation, diet, etc.), but only gives a mention of breast reconstruction, lymphedema, metastatic disease, etc. A comprehensive book, focused on a quality of life after treatment, should address such topics more completely.
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Cancer Book is another recommended reference about breast cancer, its treatment, and life afterward.
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