The Praeger Handbook on Women's Cancers

Personal and Psychosocial Insights

by Michele A. Paludi, Editor


In 2012, nearly 40,000 women died from breast cancer.

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May 2014


Pages 469
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/General

Written by experts in psycho-oncology, this book synthesizes the findings of the latest research on women's cancers to empower women to make informed choices about treatment options.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone. The total number affected is larger still, comprising siblings, parents, partners, and children of these women. In this single-volume work, an international team of experts address the physical, medical, and psychological matters that are triggered by a diagnosis of having a form of "women's cancer"—breast, cervical, endometrial, gestational, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar being some of the more common.

The handbook examines and explains each type of women's cancer, covering the specifics of incidence, diagnosis, treatment options, and more, providing an up-to-date guide for women and their families to assist in making informed choices about their treatment options. The book includes personal accounts from women who survived cancers and beat their emotional challenges, addresses myths versus realities regarding women's cancers, and covers relevant, related topics such as race, sexual orientation, religion, and cancer coping. Special attention is given to the impact of women's cancers on relationships, intimacy, and body image, as well as psychological factors such as anxiety, depression, and fear.


  • Presents up-to-date research on women's cancers and current information about diagnoses and treatment options
  • Considers women's cancers from a family systems perspective that recognizes the impact of women's cancers on loved ones and offers strategies for these related challenges, such as how to address the topic of cancer with children
  • Provides readers with information on how to prevent and deal with cancer discrimination in the workplace as well as guidance for employers
  • Includes an appendix with information about organizations focused on women's cancers and healing
Author Info

Michele A. Paludi, PhD, is president of Human Resources Management Solutions and a participating faculty member in the School of Management at Union Graduate College. She provides management consulting to businesses, K–12 schools, and colleges and universities, including facilitating training on equal-employment opportunity, diversity training, development of employee handbooks, development of performance appraisals, and investigations of sexual harassment and campus violence. Paludi is series editor for Praeger's Women's Psychology and Women and Careers in Management and has authored or edited 51 books and more than 200 articles, chapters, and conference presentations.



"Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers."Choice

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