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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A Library Program and Reads

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A Library Program and Reads

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held in October every year, aims to promote screening and prevention of the disease, which affects one in eight women in the United States every year and 2.3 million women worldwide.  Although much more common in women, breast cancer affects men, too. Through research, growing knowledge about breast cancer has led to new therapies and targeted treatments that improved outcomes for many people. 

On October 11 at 2pm, join Dr. Sarah S. Schaefer in a community health presentation on Breast Health–as she gives an overview of statistics related to  breast cancer and discusses causes, symptoms, screening and diagnostic tools, treatment options, risk factors and prevention. 

Sarah S. Schaefer, MD, is a board certified breast surgeon with the Center for Breast Health and Disease Management and a member of Barnabas Health Medical Group. She received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.

You can register for this presentation here.

Here are some nonfiction reads and memoirs on the subject available with your Livingston Public Library card.

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The Breast Cancer Book : A Trusted Guide for You and Your Loved Ones by Kenneth D. Miller

Providing comprehensive, current, and reliable information on breast cancer, this book, written by an experienced oncologist, a surgeon, and a breast cancer survivor, informs and inspires readers, wherever they are in the breast cancer experience. Patient stories, essays from medical specialists, and illustrations add clarity and insight.

Breast Cancer Survival Manual : A Step-by-Step Guide for the Woman with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer by John S. Link

The seventh edition of this manual provides essential updates on treatment and care, enhancing the basic information that has made this the most trusted guide for women diagnosed with breast cancer for the past two decades. Conscious of the rapidly evolving spectrum of treatment options, Dr. Link, one of the world’s leading breast cancer oncologists, outlines the latest findings and professional wisdom for patients in pursuit of the most effective treatment plan for them.

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

First published over forty years ago, this is a startling, powerful account of Audre Lorde’s experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women’s pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women’s body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Lorde heals and re-envisions herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. 

Healing by Theresa Brown

When a cancer nurse becomes a cancer patient, she has to confront the most critical, terrified, sometimes furious patient she’s ever encountered: herself. A frank look at struggling with illness while navigating the healthcare maze.

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In Sickness : A Memoir by Barrett J. Rollins

When Jane, a world-famous Harvard oncologist, suddenly collapses at work, the medical team resuscitating her makes a shocking discovery: she has advanced breast cancer that she’s been hiding for years. The results are catastrophic. This memoir shows how even the most rational people can be nearly destroyed by their irrational fears. Tragic, moving, and wryly funny at times, this is an unflinching portrayal of a complicated marriage and its secrets.

Just Diagnosed : Breast Cancer, What to Expect, What to Know, What to Do Next by Arlene M. Carole

This book started with scores of sticky notes as certified healthcare professional Karole began navigating the early stages of her own diagnosis. Voluminous research and numerous consultations with doctors and discussions with friends followed, ultimately leading to this book, which is designed to teach, inspire, and empower. No matter your unique diagnosis, stage of breast cancer, stage of life, or gender (men get breast cancer too), you have choices regarding your attitude, approach, and health-care decisions.

Life Reconstructed : Navigating the World of Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction by Kim Harms

A raw, heavily-researched guide for women facing breast cancer, mastectomy, and reconstruction written by a survivor.

Living with Breast Cancer : The Step-by-Step Guide to Minimizing Side Effects and Maximizing Quality of Life by Jennifer A. Shin

This guidebook helps people who are diagnosed with breast cancer understand what is happening to them while they cope physically and emotionally with cancer treatment.

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No Longer Radical : Understand Mastectomies and Choosing the Breast Cancer Care That’s Right for You by Rachel Brem

A life-saving and empowering guide to understanding breast cancer detection, prevention, and treatment options, from two top doctors in the field-Rachel Brem, a breast radiologist, and Christy Teal, a breast surgeon-who have also made the personal decisions to have mastectomies.

Off Our Chests : A Candid Tour Through the World of Cancer by John L. Marshall

A surprisingly open memoir co-authored by the married duo of a world class oncologist and a cancer survivor about love, pain, hope, strength and resilience while navigating the overwhelming breast cancer advocacy movement.

Talking to My Tatas : All You Need to Know From a Breast Cancer Researcher and Survivor by Dana Brantley-Sieders

From a Breast Cancer Researcher and Survivor, this book offers accurate, evidence-based science that is accessible to all readers, including the more than three hundred thousand individuals diagnosed with breast cancer every year, their caregivers, and their loved ones. Knowledge is power, and lack of it can lead to overtreatment, unnecessary pain and suffering, and even death. By demystifying the process from mammograms, biopsies, pathology, and diagnostics, to surgical options, tumor genomic testing, and new treatment options, Brantley-Seiders aims to arm breast cancer patients with the tools they need to battle this disease with a healthy dose of humor, grace, and hope.

Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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