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The black woman's breast cancer survival guide : understanding and healing in the face of a nationwide crisis
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Breast cancer is reaching epidemic levels, especially among black women. This survival guide provides tools that women--black women in particular--can use to identify and combat this all-too-common threat.

* Speaks from the perspective of a black woman who has had breast cancer and is also an academic who researched breast cancer

* Provides current information and practical advice for beating breast cancer

* Explains tests and treatment options

* Includes information on research studies and outcomes for black women with breast cancer

* Explores why black women are more likely than women of any other race or ethnicity to develop aggressive and fast-growing breast tumors during their childbearing years

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Table of Contents
Foreword    Philip Agop Philip, MD, PhD, FRCPp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Part 1Dealing with the Basics for Black Womenp. 1
Chapter 1Why Black Women Need to Pay Close Attention to Cancer and Cancer Screeningp. 3
Chapter 2Dealing with Common Emotions and Talking to Othersp. 30
Chapter 3Types of Breast Cancer Black Women May Developp. 49
Part 2Understanding Cancer Test Resultsp. 65
Chapter 4Breast Cancer Health Screensp. 67
Chapter 5Understanding Cancer Test Resultsp. 79
Part 3What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer Treatmentp. 93
Chapter 6Surgeryp. 95
Chapter 7Radiation Therapyp. 114
Chapter 8Chemotherapy, Anti-Estrogen (Endocrine) Therapy, Combined Therapies, and Emerging Treatmentsp. 128
Chapter 9Watching Out for Other Forms of Cancerp. 146
Chapter 10Cancer Is Gone: Be Happy-But Don't Let Your Guard Downp. 160
Conclusionp. 171
Appendix AOrganizations That Can Helpp. 175
Appendix BOther Websites with Helpful Informationp. 177
Appendix CGlossaryp. 179
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 195
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