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BOOK REVIEW  
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 223
A woman's decision: Breast care, treatment and reconstruction


Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Date of Web Publication28-Dec-2011
 

How to cite this article:
Kumar V. A woman's decision: Breast care, treatment and reconstruction. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2011;4:223

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Kumar V. A woman's decision: Breast care, treatment and reconstruction. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2011 [cited 2019 Aug 17];4:223. Available from: http://www.jcasonline.com/text.asp?2011/4/3/223/91262





Authors: Karen Berger, John Bostwick III, Glyn Jones

Edition: Fourth

Publication year: 2011

Publishers: Quality Medical Publishing, Inc, St Louis, MO, USA

Number of pages: 718



Breast cancer is a complex and terrifying disease. It not just affects one individual but the entire family. With chances of finding the disease in one out of every eight women during the lifetime, it is essential for every woman to know the details of breast cancer. This book by Karen Berger is really informative about all aspects of this disease. In the second chapter, authors have given details on breast self-examination along with a good photograph. This makes the text really simple and every woman can follow the technique. In the third chapter, they have stressed upon the need of regular mammogram and other screening tests in various age groups as part of regular check-up. They have also included current American Cancer Society recommendations for early breast cancer detection in women without breast cancer symptoms. Authors have also discussed other benign breast condition (like fibroadenoma and nipple discharge) which can mimic cancer and have stressed that women should be aware of these conditions to alleviate unwarranted fears. From seventh to twelfth chapters, authors describe the disease in detail, its natural history, various risk factors, disease stages, progress, treatment and reconstruction options. Authors in a very lucid way have covered almost every aspect of the disease which makes readers understand the disease. They are more informed, and can choose among various treatment options and fight the disease better. Good quality pictures of various reconstructive procedures alleviate anxiety among readers of breast loss and give them hope that normal looking breast can be recreated by latest plastic surgical techniques, immediately after the mastectomy. Authors have included 15 stories of women from diverse social, cultural, professional and family backgrounds who had mastectomies and sought breast reconstruction, so that readers can relate to them better and do not feel isolated during the treatment. Authors have included various medical terms in all the chapters and their detailed description is also given which enables all readers to understand the language they will encounter during the treatment process. Finally, it is a must read for all the men too as men, although few, are also affected by this life-threatening disease, and also, this book will help them understand the physical and psychological sufferings of their partners.

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Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
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