Breast cancer. Scary words that have become commonplace in our language with more and more cases appearing every year. In fact, last year, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed among U.S. women, with nearly 40,000 women expected to die of breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more deaths in women. And yet with those frightening, sobering words comes a very manageable disease after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The key question that many don’t think about is – what next?
That’s what a new book from MedStar NRH Press explores. Managing Breast Cancer – A Guide to Living Well Through Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a guide for women to cope with the physical and psychological aspects of the disease.
The book serves as a tool to help with everything from fighting post-operative pain to sexuality after breast cancer, and addresses topics that patients may often feel uncomfortable discussing.
“The book can give you the tools you need to recover fully – and move forward with your life after treatment,” says Eric Wisotzky, MD, FAAPMR, associate director, Cancer Rehabilitation Program, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.
Managing Breast Cancer goes inside various topics including:
- Types of breast cancer treatment and surgery
- Managing the post-operative period
- Dealing with various types of pain – muscle, joint and nerve
- Managing lymphedema
- Understanding exercise
- Proper nutrition
- Appearance and psychological issues
- Sexuality and relationships after treatment
Contributors to the book include an array of clinicians – physicians, nurses, social workers, psychotherapists, physical therapists and more.
For further information on this book or to order a copy, click here or call 202-877-1776.