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Written by two renowned authorities who specialize in the treatment of breast cancer, a surgeon and an oncologist, this lucid step-by-step guide has established itself as the indispensable book women need to make informed decisions about the care that is right for them.
Breast cancer will strike one out of every eight women in the United States. Because there have been many important changes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in the last few years, this fully revised Third Edition contains information on the latest developments in the field, including:
• new diagnostic procedures
• changes in the treatment of in situ cancer
• improved surgical techniques
• gene testing
• sequencing radiation and chemotherapy
• HER-2Neu (Herceptin)
• tamoxifen for prevention
• bone marrow and stem cell transplants
• and more
About the Author
Yashar Hirshaut is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of breast cancer. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he completed his oncology training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Form 1970 to 1986 he served as an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering on the Clinical Immunology Service and an associate professor of medicine at the Cornell University Medical College. He was also head of the Laboratory for Immuno-diagnosis at Sloan-Kettering. In addition to being in private practice, he is currently associate clinical professor of medicine at Cornell University, adjunct professor of biology at Yeshiva University, and an attending physician at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel and Lenox Hill Hospitals in New York City.
Peter I Pressman is a surgical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he trained at Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia Division of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Pressman has been in private practice in New York for over thirty-five years and is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He was attending surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital.
“It should be required reading for everyone who is touched by the disease, whether personally or through a family member, friend, colleague, employee, or a patient diagnosed with breast cancer.... I can’t recommend it enough.”— Today’s OR Nurse
“These experts demystify breast cancer in understandable and compassionate terms.... Should help hundreds of thousands of women.”— James F. Holland, M.D. Chairman, Department of Neoplastic Diseases, Mount Sinai Medical Center
“Both timely and current — [It] discusses the most common cancer in women in a precise, clear, and positive way, providing essential information in a warm, supportive fashion in a readable and understandable format.”— Journal of the National Cancer Institute
“Comprehensive, up-to-date, and highly detailed ... From selecting the best doctors to describing procedures and treatments, the authors answer all possible questions in a calm, rational manner.... Highly recommended.”— Library Journal
“Every woman is touched by the reality of breast cancer — by the fear of it or the fact of it.... Drs. Pressman and Hirshaut have written the essential guide, one that should be required reading for every woman.”— Barbara Gordon author of I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can
“This is a humane, compassionate book which nonetheless manages to be straightforward and comprehensive; the authors have succeeded in addressing the many questions (and the fears) of breast cancer patients, and have done a thorough and sensitive job.”— Share