The Breast Cancer Companion
A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Plan and manage your treatment schedule, organize important contacts, questions to ask your medical team, tips and advice from breast cancer survivors and much more!
The Breast Cancer Companion is a step-by-step guide through treatment for the 2 million women living with breast cancer in the United States. 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. The book also covers myriad other details that are often lost in the trauma and emotion of diagnosis and illness. The book helps women to be well-organized, well-informed, and have peace of mind so that, even in the midst of their breast cancer treatment they remain focused on what matters most: becoming well and achieving a healthy outcome. Special features include a calendar to help with scheduling, a directory to organize important contacts, questions to ask the medical team, tips and advice from breast cancer survivors, and a list of resources and breast cancer?related organizations.
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. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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