Table of Contents
Part 1. The Basics 1 (14)
Questions 1-7 give background information
about breast cancer with such topics as
What is cancer?
What causes breast cancer? How common is it?
Are there different types of breast cancer?
Part 2. Risk Factors 15 (16)
Questions 8-11 discuss risk factors, including
What risk factors determine my likelihood
of getting cancer?
How do I tell which factors should concern
Part 3. Prevention 31 (22)
Questions 12-25 are concerned with minimizing
breast cancer risk
What is a breast self-exam, and why should
I perform one? What is a clinical breast
Do mammograms prevent breast cancer? Who
should get one, and why?
I have no family history of breast cancer,
so why worry?
How do genes affect breast cancer risk? Is
there a ``breast cancer gene''?
Part 4. Diagnosis 53 (14)
Questions 26-31 outline the steps in
determining whether you have cancer
I've found a lump in my breast. What should
I do now?
How is a mammogram performed? What might
show up on a mammogram?
Why do I need a biopsy if a mammogram has
located a mass?
Part 5. Treatment 67 (84)
Questions 32-67 give an extended overview of
treatment options, treatment side effects and
complications, options for breast
reconstruction, and prospects of recurrence
What options are available for the
treatment of breast cancer?
What do the different stages of cancer mean?
How do I prepare for surgery or radiation
What drugs are most commonly used to treat
breast cancer? What is meant by hormonal
What are some of the side effects of
chemotherapy, and what causes them? How can
they be treated?
Are there alternative treatments for breast
Part 6. Changes Cancer Brings 151(36)
Questions 68-86 discuss ways to cope with
emotional and physical changes that occur
after cancer diagnosis and treatment
How do I get my life back to normal?
Since my diagnosis of cancer, I'm not able
to concentrate. Why is this happening?
Does positive thinking have any power in
the healing process? How do I motivate
Why is it so difficult to tell friends and
loved ones about my cancer diagnosis? Is
there a way for me to talk to my children
without frightening them?
What if I get pregnant while I'm getting
radiation or chemotherapy?
Part 7. Coping with Treatment and Side Effects 187(24)
Questions 87-99 address issues related to
pain, hair loss, and other side effects.
Practical matters such as financial and legal
issues related to treatment are also discussed
What can I do to deal with hair loss?
How can I relieve the pain associated with
treatment? Are pain drugs addictive?
Do women's support groups really help?
Where can I find help with the expense if I
don't have insurance?
A list of Web sites, organizations, and
literature to help breast cancer patients
and their families find additional
resources on general and specific topics
related to breast cancer