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Yashar Hirshaut is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of breast cancer. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he completed his oncology training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Form 1970 to 1986 he served as an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering on the Clinical Immunology Service and an associate professor of medicine at the Cornell University Medical College. He was also head of the Laboratory for Immuno-diagnosis at Sloan-Kettering. In addition to being in private practice, he is currently associate clinical professor of medicine at Cornell University, adjunct professor of biology at Yeshiva University, and an attending physician at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel and Lenox Hill Hospitals in New York City.

Peter I Pressman is a surgical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he trained at Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia Division of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Pressman has been in private practice in New York for over thirty-five years and is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He was attending surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital.


Recent breast cancer statistics are frightening: It is the most common cancer in women, striking one out of every nine in the United States today. This new guide, written by an oncologist and a surgeon, gives comprehensive, up-to-date, and highly detailed information on everything from the first suspicion, through diagnosis and treatments, to follow-up care and recurrence. This step-by-step method serves to demystify the process of treating breast cancer, while the advice from women who have ``been there'' helps bring the message home. From selecting the best doctor to describing procedures and treatments, the authors answer all possible questions in a calm, rational manner. Of particular value is the recommendation that patients have a ``personal advocate'' during appointments and procedures. This book is the best of a recent flurry of books on breast cancer (e.g., Paul Keuhn's Breast Care Options for the 1990's , LJ 8/91; Renee Royak-Schaler and Beryl Lieff Benderly's Challenging the Breast Cancer Legacy , LJ 4/1/92). Highly recommended. Librarians should note that this October will be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.--Ed.-- Janet M. Coggan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville

One of every nine women in the U.S. today will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, up from an estimated one in 15 in 1975246 . Should that disease afflict you or someone you know, this manual by Hirshaut, an oncologist, and Pressman, a surgeon, will serve as a step-by-step companion, from diagnosis and treatment to life after the disease. The authors effectively combine accurate, up-to-date medical facts with brief narratives from women who have overcome the disease. Their guide is thorough and intelligent, written to give women a clear sense of the potentially bewildering choices that will face them: needle aspiration or open biopsy70-71 , lumpectomy or mastectomy117 , chemotherapy or hormone therapy. Not all the news is bad: more than 75% of malignant lumps are found by women themselves. Hirshaut and Pressman explain the technique involved in this procedure and what signs to look for47 . They also sketch the social and political contexts of the illness. For example, last year, more than 44,000 women died of breast cancer--and yet the NIH withdrew funding for a study that would have explored the link between dietary fat and breast cancer, due to budget restrictions. Somehow there was, however, enough money to give the Pentagon $29 billion. (Sept.)

"It should be required reading for everyone who is touched by the disease, whether personally or through a family member, friend, colleague, employee, or a patient diagnosed with breast cancer.... I can't recommend it enough."- Today's OR Nurse

"These experts demystify breast cancer in understandable and compassionate terms.... Should help hundreds of thousands of women."- James F. Holland, M.D. Chairman, Department of Neoplastic Diseases, Mount Sinai Medical Center

"Both timely and current - [It] discusses the most common cancer in women in a precise, clear, and positive way, providing essential information in a warm, supportive fashion in a readable and understandable format."- Journal of the National Cancer Institute

"Comprehensive, up-to-date, and highly detailed ... From selecting the best doctors to describing procedures and treatments, the authors answer all possible questions in a calm, rational manner.... Highly recommended."- Library Journal

"Every woman is touched by the reality of breast cancer - by the fear of it or the fact of it.... Drs. Pressman and Hirshaut have written the essential guide, one that should be required reading for every woman."- Barbara Gordon author of I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

"This is a humane, compassionate book which nonetheless manages to be straightforward and comprehensive; the authors have succeeded in addressing the many questions (and the fears) of breast cancer patients, and have done a thorough and sensitive job."- Share

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