The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

by Mayo Clinic


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Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is dedicated to understanding and discovering new ways to predict, prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, transforming the quality of life for cancer patients today and into the future. With a multisite national presence, its three campuses-in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Rochester, Minn.- offer a broad geographic reach to serve patients. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a leader in translating discoveries into effective improvements in patient care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561487721
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 293,319
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy that the needs of the patient come first. Over 3,600 physicians and scientists and 50,000 allied staff work at Mayo, which has sites in Rochester, Minn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Collectively, Mayo Clinic treats more than 500,000 patients a year. For more than 100 years, millions of people from all walks of life have found answers at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic works with many insurance companies, does not require a physician referral in most cases and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

Table of Contents

Preface iv

Part 1 Cancer Basics

Chapter 1 When Cancer Strikes 11

Chapter 2 Understanding Cancer 17

What Is Cancer?

How Does Cancer Occur?


Advancing Our Knowledge of Cancer

Visual Guide 33

Part 2 Breast Cancer

Chapter 3 An Overview 43

Your Breasts

Breast Cancer

What Causes Breast Cancer?

How Common Is Breast Cancer?

Advancing Science

Chapter 4 Making Sense of Risk Statistics 61

What Is Risk and How Is It Measured?

Quantifying Risk

Risk Factors

Chapter 5 Hereditary Breast Cancer 75

Is it Hereditary?

Inheriting a Genetic Mutation

Genetic Counseling and Testing

Making a Decision

Chapter 6 Preventing Breast Cancer 91

Lifestyle Factors

Women at High Risk

Future Directions

Chapter 7 The Latest on Screening 111

Ongoing Controversies

Screening Recommendations

Breast Self-Awareness

Clinical Breast Examination


New Approaches

Chapter 8 Diagnosing Breast Cancer 127

Signs and Symptoms

Medical History

Physical Examination

Imaging Tests

Biopsy Procedures

Pathology Report


Chapter 9 Precancerous Conditions 149

Atypical Hyperplasia

Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS)

Your Options

Chapter 10 Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) 153


Key Factors

Treatment Options

Making the Decision

Chapter 11 Treating Invasive Breast Cancer 161

Treatment Options


Radiation Therapy

Decision Guide: Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy

Additional Treatment

Therapy Options

Decision Guide: Adjuvant Systemic Therapy

Clinical Trials

Chapter 12 Breast Reconstruction 203

Immediate vs. Delayed


Issues to Consider

Chapter 13 Special Situations 211

Locally Advanced Breast Cancer

Women at High Risk of a Second Cancer

Bilateral Breast Cancer

Unknown Primary Cancers

Metaplastic Breast Cancer

Lymphomas and Sarcomas

Paget's Disease

Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

Breast Cancer in Men

Chapter 14 Follow-up and Surveillance 225

Understanding Recurrent Cancer

Follow-up Care

Dealing With Uncertainty

Chapter 15 If the Cancer Comes Back 235

Types of Recurrence

How Cancer Cells Spread

Local Recurrence

Regional Recurrence

Metastatic Recurrence

Chapter 16 Treating Advanced Breast Cancer 247

Determining Prognosis

Treatment Options

Monitoring Treatment

Localized Treatments

When Treatment Stops Working

Chapter 17 Ovarian Cancer: What You Should Know 271

Your Ovaries

What Is Ovarian Cancer?

How Common Is It?

Risk Factors

Preventing Ovarian Cancer

Screening Methods

Early Warning Signs

Spread of Ovarian Cancer

Diagnosis and Treatment

Chapter 18 Uterine Cancer: What You Should Know 287

The Uterus

Uterine Cancer Basics

Risk Factors

Can It Be Prevented?

Warning Signs

Diagnosing Uterine Cancer

Determining the Extent of the Cancer

Treatment Options

Part 3 Life After a Cancer Diagnosis

Chapter 19 Feelings and Emotions 305

Making the Journey

Tips for the Trip

Communicating With Family

Communicating With Children

Communicating With Friends

Chapter 20 Treatment Side Effects 323


Nausea and Appetite Problems

Hair Loss

Decreased Arm and Shoulder Mobility


Sudden Menopause

Sexual Changes



Joint Aches and Pains

Weight Gain

Cognitive Changes

Chapter 21 Complementary Therapies 351

Getting the Most of Complementary Therapies

Types of Therapies

Finding Reliable Information

Chapter 22 Survivorship 365

Moving Forward

Taking Care of Your Health

Support Groups

Public Events

Chapter 23 Making the Transition to Supportive Care 379

Accepting Your Situation

Maintaining Hope

When You and Your Family Disagree

Managing Signs and Symptoms

Hospice Care

Chapter 24 For Partners 395

Dealing With Your Loved One's Diagnosis

How You Can Help

Talking to Each Other

Maintaining Sexual Intimacy

Caring for Yourself

Dealing With Incurable Cancer


A Time of Growth

Additional Resources 413

Glossary 417

Index 433

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The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be put in the hands of everyone who gets a cancer diagnosis from Stage 0 or higher. It really starts with the basics of how our DNA works and what happens to your body at the beginning stages as well as advanced stages. It also goes through different treatment options for different stages and how to interpret pathology reports. A must have!