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Today, more breast cancer treatment options are available than ever before. But how can you determine the course of action that is right for YOU?
Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention is the only single resource that lays out all of the traditional and alternative approaches available today. Assembling a "dream team" of breast cancer experts, the editors of this truly groundbreaking guide encourage readers to work with their practitioners as they consider a variety of approaches, all explained in clear, nontechnical language. Readers will discover
• how to find the right caregiver and how to best complement conventional medical treatment with alternative medicine
• how to be "healed" without necessarily being "cured"
• how to incorporate traditional Chinese medicine -- including herbs, qigong, and acupuncture
• the right diet to choose, no matter the form of treatment; the importance of soy products; plus fifteen delicious recipes to sample
• the best vitamins, minerals, and natural foods, and the specific benefits -- and possible dangers -- of each
• the merits of spiritual treatments, from meditation and directed prayer to the powerful mystery of the "will to live."
The guide features an encyclopedic appendix of websites, and lists of national support organizations, care centers, recommended audiotapes, CDs, and books -- making this the single source to help patients take control of their treatment, assuage their fears, and get them on the road to healing.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at the University of California, San Francisco
More and more Americans, especially those with serious illnesses such as breast cancer, are turning to complementary and alternative medicine to supplement their Western treatments. This collection of essays edited by oncologist Tripathy and acupuncturist/herbalists Cohen and Tagliaferri (who herself is a breast cancer survivor) is intended to serve as a guide to the alternative therapies most often used by women with breast cancer. The book includes dense and sometimes meandering chapters on approaches such as Chinese Medicine, vitamin and mineral supplementation, meditation and prayer. The authors maintain that little research has been conducted on these therapies because of lack of funding and the difficulty in evaluating alternative medicine separately from conventional, but that data has become increasingly available. Although most of the chapters are largely based on research, others rely simply on seemingly improbable anecdotes (for example, one chapter describes a patient who recovered from inflammatory breast cancer after she began following a macrobiotic diet). Despite its inconsistencies, women with breast cancer looking for alternative therapies might find this book to be a good start in their own research. Corrections:Carol Winkelman, the author of The Complete Guide to Pregnancy After 30, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, not an award winner (Forecasts, Feb. 18).The author of Glorious Indoor Gardens is Michele Driscoll Alioto (Forecasts, Apr. 1).