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Reconstruction is a complete guide to navigating breast cancer treatment that combines the very best and most recent medical information with lifestyle guidance.
1 in 7 women in the UK will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, and that figure is increasing. 55,920 new cases are diagnosed every year; more than 150 a day. In most countries, a breast cancer patient walks through both the medical and the lifestyle treatment doors simultaneously but, in the UK, treatment is confined to what is prescribed by NHS guidelines. Those guidelines, however, don’t always include essential information, like how to avoid common post-surgical complications, the simple lifestyle steps that can support you through treatment, and how to overcome fear of recurrence to live a full life after cancer. Written by a breast cancer patient and journalist, and incorporating advice from experts in oncology, surgery, nutrition, physiotherapy, psychology and science, this book is a sage, balanced, well-informed companion to anyone going through breast cancer, and their friends and family.
It’s deeply practical and specific, with advice on everything from treatment options and who’s who on your medical team, down to what to pack in your hospital bag for surgery or chemo. Chapters include: embracing acceptance, an integrated healing approach, chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, hormone therapy, menopausal symptoms, secondary breast cancer, choosing hope and future-proofing your body with nutrition, movement and stress management.
About the author
Rosamund Dean is a journalist, author and former deputy editor of Grazia. In 20 years of working in women’s magazines, she has cooked with Jamie Oliver, coaxed Winona Ryder onto a sketchy rooftop in downtown LA, been taken to Bill’s by Renee Zellweger, and allowed a human behaviour scientist to rearrange her kitchen. She is also the author of Mindful Drinking: How Cutting Down Can Change Your Life, and recently launched Well Well Well: a weekly wellness newsletter for busy, cynical people.
In 2021, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and documented her journey with a column in The Sunday Times Style.
Rosamund lives in London with her husband, Sunday Times writer Jonathan Dean, and their two children.