Navigating the shock of breast cancer
VAIL – One out of every eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year, about 46,000 women die of this disease.When a woman is told she has breast cancer she is, at once, shocked, confused and petrified. Her stomach drops and her heart begins to pound into her chest and throat until she is almost choking. It’s as though she’s been given a death sentence. She doesn’t know what to do first. She has fears. She wants answers to questions from the most complicated to the most pedestrian. But she can’t think straight or concentrate at all. She needs an initial quick “fix.”Authors Brenda Himelfarb, cancer survivor, and Sherry Goldman, RN BS nurse practioner, clinical coordinator of the High Risk Program at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, have created that “fix” in the form of a small book. The composition book, just over 100 pages, is titled “Breast Cancer 101 – a basic introduction.” The book answers the immediate questions, in layman’s terms, to the initial fears each of these women have. It presents clear and concise information on such things as diagnosis, radiation and chemotherapy to help her through the emotional jolt.
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