’All nursing and medical staff caring for women with breast cancer must read this book. ’
Title: Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction
Author: Patricia Ansett
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
Reviewer: Jane Brown, quality governance manager, specialised clinical services division, Worcester Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
A book that provides all the information a woman will need when making life and body changes when faced with breast cancer. This is an extremely practical and user friendly read.
What were the highlights?
The book is easy to follow. It is good as the reader is under any illusions as breast reconstruction is not for all women but with practical advice the woman can make informed decisions and choices with the aid of this book.
The author reassures the woman by advising her to be patient and that she will feel feminine again.
The photographs are of real women who have had breast cancer so the reader can associate herself in differing situations. The real life accounts and stories of real women make this a powerful book.
Different cultures are explored as well as practicalities around money. As this book is written in the US it does explore insurance but people faced with cancer in the UK can claim under some of the cancer charities.
One of the aspects I would be concerned about, would be clothes and how to wear them – this I found valuable.
Strengths & weaknesses
Although this is written in the US it applies equally to women in the UK. Well written, easy to read. The author is a medical writer so has experience and has been honoured for her work.
Every time I went to a chapter, the subject I wanted to explore was there. There are notes with good references at the end and a glossary for women who may not have medical knowledge and could be confused with jargon.
I found no weaknesses.
Who should read it?
All nursing and medical staff caring for women with breast cancer must read this book.