Be A Survivor
Vladimir Lange, MD
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Be A Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment, 4th Revised Edition
Vladimir Lange, MD
Lange Productions
Paperback w/ DVD
180 pages
October 2007
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Dr. Vladimir Lange, an emergency room physician and author of two previous books on surviving breast cancer, is described as an authority on helping patients and families cope with a loved one’s breast cancer. Dr. Lange’s wife, Mandy, a pediatrician, went through a personal experience of breast cancer detection, exploring facts, treatment options, after-care, and support. Mandy survived, and continues to survive, after her breast-cancer treatment sixteen years ago. Both Drs. Lange hope this third revised and updated version of Be a Survivor will help more breast cancer patients learn what can help them manage and survive for life.

The author recommends specific questions the patient can ask their doctor and medical treatment team: How do I decide what are the best treatment options for me and what fits and feels best for my life style? What are the pros and cons of breast conservation, mastectomy, hormonal or other treatments? What options should I consider when choosing breast reconstruction and augmentation? What should I consider and plan for when using newer treatments (ex., brachytherapy), complimentary, and alternative therapies? Finally, some questions to raise when exposed to so-called “cures” or miraculous, scientifically-unfounded cancer remedies.

Beyond learning about different kinds of breast cancer, the trials and tribulations of detection, diagnostic tests and procedures, treatment options and risks, one underlying theme is the repeated references to and implications that the patient be responsible for disclosing feelings and asking for help with family and lifestyle issues. Without overstating the book’s value for overcoming personally-perceived attributions of weakness and social stigma, positive self-statements and assertions can become reinforcing, empowering, and helpful to one’s motivations for treatment, recovery, and healthy, life changes.

Although Be a Survivor may not have a dramatic emotional impact on you, compared to the visuals, candid expressions, and graphics in the companion DVD, this reviewer believes a mature reader or patient will need this information to share with spouse, life- partner, family, and supportive care-givers. After all is said and done, this sequentially- organized, informative medical book with illustrative, visual graphics, up-dated resources, and glossary of medical terms, if used appropriately, can become powerful medicine, too.

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