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||Health & Wellness/Fitness, Nutrition, and Healthy Living
||Race and Ethnicity/African American Studies
Breast cancer is reaching epidemic levels, especially among black women. This survival guide provides tools that women—black women in particular—can use to identify and combat this all-too-common threat.
This "what you need to know" guide is unique in its common sense, "laywoman's" approach and particular relevance to women of color. Its premise is simple: ignorance and lack of education about breast cancer signs and symptoms are still all too prevalent among black women. Many women are not informed about resources available for early detection screening and are not referred for mammography screening. They may also receive significantly delayed treatment—especially black women. For those reasons and more, black women with or at risk for breast cancer need an advocate who speaks for them and tells them the truth. They have that advocate in Cheryl Holloway, PhD—and in this book.
A breast cancer survivor and cancer researcher, Dr. Holloway draws on her personal experience and research to offer something far different than the usual medical/oncological works. Her book provides support, current information, and practical advice for confronting and beating the disease. The book is divided into four parts. "Dealing with the Basics" explains how breast cancer hits black women harder and discusses the types of breast cancer they may develop, with an emphasis on the most dangerous. The second section offers practical information, such as how screenings work and the meaning of various breast cancer tests. Part three describes treatments, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, combined therapy, and other options. The final section describes how to stay vigilant after the cancer is gone and also discusses other forms of cancer for which black women are at risk, such as lung cancer, colon cancer, and cervical cancer.
- Speaks from the perspective of a black woman who has had breast cancer and is also an academic who researched breast cancer
- Provides current information and practical advice for beating breast cancer
- Explains tests and treatment options
- Includes information on research studies and outcomes for black women with breast cancer
- Explores why black women are more likely than women of any other race or ethnicity to develop aggressive and fast-growing breast tumors during their childbearing years
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"An excellent, well-written work for all black women and all health-care professionals who wish to understand better the challenges facing this community."
"Dr. Holloway has written a thorough and powerful primer for black women who are going through the maze of cancer diagnosis and treatment. There is no one straight route in the journey of breast cancer. Dr. Holloway acts as a terrific guide."
“Dr. Holloway has written a powerful step-by-step guide that will educate and empower black women of all ages to make informed choices and decisions through their journey with breast cancer.”
"Cheryl Holloway has written a first-person survivor story about breast cancer. In describing her experience as a middle-aged, well-educated, intelligent, black woman she has unwittingly put her finger on the most interesting and exciting aspect of cancer care today. Increasingly cancer is seen as a unique disease in each patient. Human genetics, that of the tumor and the genome of the patient, provide for each individual an intimate, personal, and more often customized management plan. Dr. Holloway emphasizes this concept with recognition that black lives face special and particular challenges in the management of their breast cancer. From front to back the book is chock-full of practical suggestions and strategies based on her own experience. Her strong faith comes through as a secret weapon to which she turns when things are both under control and at wit's end. Anyone caring for an African American woman with breast cancer, whether it be family, friend, spouse or even the healthcare provider, will find something of seminal value in this book."
"Dr. Holloway has written a wonderful and easy to follow guide for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Although she specifically addresses black women, her guide would be helpful to all women. She covers aspects of dealing with breast cancer as well as understanding tests and treatments. She uses her own experience to relate to the reader."
"I have had the sincere pleasure of knowing Dr. Holloway as an undergraduate student, healthcare and academic colleague and friend for many years. Dr. Holloway has compiled an insightful, well-researched, and practical survival guide for all women of color who have and are experiencing the enormous challenges of breast cancer. Drawing on personal experience, Dr. Holloway has created a sensitive, informative, and realistic guide to help women navigate through the trials and tribulations of breast cancer. This guide will help African American and indeed all women more successfully face the crisis of breast cancer."
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