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Hesse-Biber COVER Waiting for Cancer to Come by Sharlene Hesse-Biber (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2014) – This new book offers insight into the complexity of living in a genomic age. Hesse-Biber tells the stories of women at higher than average risk for breast and ovarian cancer due to genetic mutations, interviewing 64 women who tested positive for mutations on the so-called breast cancer (BRCA) genes (known to increase overall lifetime risk of breast cancer in women and men in addition to ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and testicular cancers). Using the voices of the women themselves to describe the under-explored BRCA experience, the book looks at the varied emotional, social, economic, and psychological factors at play in women’s decisions about testing and cancer prevention. This book is a must read for those interested in women’s health, science and technology studies, medical sociology, and feminist and qualitative methods. Breast-Cancer-Treatment-Diagnosis-Bioethics Read BCC Review »

Klitzman CoverAm I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing by Robert Klitzman (Oxford University Press, 2012) — In the fifty years since DNA was discovered, we have seen extraordinary advances. Genetic testing rapidly changed the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as Huntington’s, cystic fibrosis, breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s. With this knowledge comes difficult decisions for people who wrestle with fear about whether to get tested and what to do with the results. Robert Klitzman interviewed 64 people who faced Huntington’s Disease, breast and ovarian cancer, or Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The book describes–often in the person’s own words–how each wrestled with the implications genetics has for their lives and their families – from issues of identity and fate, to those of reproductive choices. Breast Cancer-Treatment-Diagnosis-Bioethics Read BCC Review »

COVERDr. Susan Love’s Breast Book by Susan M. Love MD (De Capo Press, 2015) – About every five years, Dr. Susan Love fully revises and updates her comprehensive yet accessible book on breast cancer. Now in its 6th edition, the book continually reflects ongoing changes in scientific and clinical understandings of breast cancer and relies on the most current information to help readers to make sense of the mountains of information, sometimes conflicting, about this disease and its treatment. Extensive, readable, well-organized, and with solid references, this book is the best available first stop in one’s journey to learn about the healthy breast and common breast problems as well as varied aspects of breast cancer risk and diagnosis, the details of treatment options for different types of breast cancer, issues related to aftercare and follow-up, dealing with cancer recurrence, and living with what Dr. Love calls “the collateral damage” of treatment. Breast–Cancer–Treatment–Diagnosis Read BCC Review »

Radical Remission CoverRadical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly Turner (HarperOne, 2014) – The New York Times bestselling book Radical Remission offers a new perspective on the radical concept of cancer remission, defined as the statistically unexpected disappearance of cancer signs and symptoms. Kelly Turner PhD is a researcher and psychotherapist specializing in integrative oncology. Turner’s compilation of information and clinical observations developed from decades of research and patient interviews, reveals that although the medical community is beginning to recognize the potential of varied healing traditions and integrative approaches, there is little systematic investigation of such practices. She found that for every one published case of radical remission, there are an estimated 100 more that go unpublished. What’s more, of the thousand or so cases that are published in medical journals, none discuss patients’ perspectives. This is where Radical Remission fills a gap. Many of the patients’ stories cannot be explained within a typical biomedical framework. Cancer–Health Care–Medicine Read BCC Review »

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