Breast Cancer: The Facts (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198813040

Christobel M. Saunders; Sunil Jassal; Elgene Lim
160 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Nov 2018
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Breast Cancer: The Facts provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail. Written by specialists in breast cancer, the focus is on the whole patient, their family, and social networks, to make this book a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease, equipping patients affected by breast cancer and their families to be able to ask their health care team the questions they need to have answered to make informed decisions about their treatment.


1 Who is at risk of breast cancer, when, and what you can do about it
2 Healthy breasts
3 How a breast problem is investigated
4 What is breast cancer?
5 Treating breast cancer
6 Surgical treatments
7 Radiotherapy
8 Drug (systemic) therapy for early breast cancer
9 Treating special types of breast cancer
10 Surviving and Thriving
11 Follow up
12 Advanced (metastatic) and recurrent cancer
13 For partners and family and friends and colleagues affected by breast cancer
14 Special situations
15 The Future - what tests and treatments may be around the corner

About the author: 

Professor Christobel Saunders is an English-born breast surgeon who now calls Western Australia home. An active clinical researcher, she is a lead investigator in several large studies in cancer. Her research interests include clinical trials, pregnancy related (gestational) breast cancer, familial breast cancer, minimally invasive treatments and quality of life and health outcomes research. Professor Saunders' research and clinical experience has led to the publication of over 125 scientific papers in refereed journals as well as books and book chapters. She is an active health educator, both in her position as Professor of Surgical Oncology at The University of Western Australia, and for community groups and other health and medical professionals. The inspiration behind this book has been the thousands of people with breast cancer she has helped look after in the UK and Australia, and their courage, strength, and personal stories. ; Sunil Jassal is a consultant in Breast Surgery at Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. He was born and completed initial medical and surgical training in Victoria, gaining an FRACS in the area of General Surgery. Sunil subsequently moved to Perth to pursue further training and expertise in his sub-specialty interest of Breast Surgery.; Elgene Lim is a clinician scientist in the field of breast cancer, and an endowed chair with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. He completed his medical and oncology training in Melbourne, and doctoral research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. He furthered his research and clinical training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. He currently oversees the breast oncology services at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, and heads the Connie Johnson breast cancer research laboratory at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. His laboratory performs clinically focused laboratory research, and evaluates novel therapies preclinically. He also leads a number of clinical trials, a number stemming from his research. His research is funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council, Cancer Australia, Cancer Council of NSW, the National Breast Cancer, Love Your Sister, and Garvan foundations.

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