Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Synopsis

"Breast Cancer" examines the effects of the disease on women through all stages of treatment. It draws heavily on verbatim accounts of sufferers together with relevant findings and theories from scientific research.

Excerpt

Over the past six years my research assistants and I have conducted over 1,000 in-depth interviews with women unfortunate enough to be suffering from breast cancer. These women have had to cope with both the knowledge that they have a life-threatening disease and the unpleasant treatments associated with breast cancer. Their responses to these potentially traumatic problems varied enormously. For many women the diagnosis represented a major emotional catastrophe. For others it was yet one more hurdle to overcome, together with many other social iniquities and difficulties apparent in their lives. Certain women viewed the fact of their cancer as a challenge which offered them an opportunity to completely reap-praise their attitudes to relationships, work, and life in general. The quotations used throughout this book are all taken from these interviews. Some are tragic and poignant, but many reveal deep personal courage and insight. All illustrate quite clearly the meaning that a diagnosis of breast cancer and its treatment has for different women.

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