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The Breast Cancer Companion


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A Few Words from the Authors-The Meaningfulness of This Project; How to Make This Book Work for You; 1. First Steps; 2. Recovery; 3. My Team and My Plans; 5. Record-Keeping; 6. Resources

About the Author

Nancy Sokolowski, RN, OCN, is a nationally recognized breast health specialist, with a 30-year career at Norwalk Hospital (a teaching affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine.) Nancy's role as the co-founder of the hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center and her pioneering role of """"breast cancer navigator"""" assisting newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the myriad hospital services make her uniquely positioned to write the The Breast Cancer Companion. Nancy was the recipient of the 2008 North East Region of the All for Her Award from Genentech, the drugmaker of Herceptin, a breast cancer treatment for women and she was also awarded the American Cancer Society's Star of Hope award for excellence in providing compassionate and skilled care for people facing cancer and her unyielding contribution to the cancer fight


Valerie Rossi is co-author of the critically acclaimed My Diabetes Workbook: The Essential Planner and Organizer for People with Type 2 Diabetes, which was awarded the favorably reviewed seal by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and was a 2006 Benjamin Franklin award finalist in the health category. Valerie is a graduate of Cornell Universit and lives in Westport, Connecticut.


This book will help patients newly diagnosed and struggling with the confusing array of terms, technologies, and choices before them. Organization is the first step to control and this book provides the means to get started - Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

""This book is a wonderful and helpful resource for the woman with breast cancer. It is calming, positive and reassuring. I will recommend it to my patients."" -John Link, M.D., Breast oncologist and author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual ""I wish The Breast Cancer Companion was available when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having this in hand would have simplified matters and made managing treatment far easier. I cannot recommend this enough to any woman diagnosed with breast cancer."" - Maria T. Vargas, Pre-K Teacher, Rockefeller University Child and Family Center and breast cancer survivor

""This workbook for patients offers a wealth of tools for keeping track of doctor visits, medications, treatments, and expenses while surviving breast cancer, combined with advice on preparing for different types of treatment and suggestions for regaining health after treatment. There is also an overview of reconstruction and prosthesis and related intimacy issues. The bulk of the book contains forms for organizing the medical team's contacts, space for making notes on medical appointments, a calendar, and logs for keeping track of treatment history, medications, and lab tests. There are also forms for organizing insurance information and itemizing medical expenses. Peppered with boxed quotes from real survivors, the book includes a glossary and lists of books, magazines, organizations, and vendors. Sokolowski is co-founder of Norwalk Hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center. Rossi is co-author of a diabetes patient workbook.""-- Book News, Inc.

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