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Readership: Women with hormone-negative breast cancer and their families
Patricia Prijatel, E.T. Meredith Distinguished Professor Emerita, Drake University School of Journalism, and Foreword by Carol Scott-Conner, Professor of Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Patricia Prijatel, E.T. Meredith Distinguished Professor Emerita at Drake University, has helped educate, motivate, support, and challenge people for the better part of three decades. She is a nationally published magazine writer, an award-winning teacher, and a well-respected writing coach. Her Positives About Negative blog has reached more than 100,000 readers and is one of the
few sites that deals specifically with triple negative breast cancer. She is a recognized authority on the magazine industry, as co-author of The Magazine from Cover to Cover, now in its third edition with Oxford University Press.
"This well-written and informative book would certainly benefit anyone whose life has been touched by triple-negative breast cancer. It is written by a journalist who clearly knows how to research information, and she explains the most important messages in terms that readers of most educational backgrounds can understand without overwhelming them."
Foreword: Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD
Chapter 1: The Sun Shines on My Bald Head
How to Use this Book
The Language of TNBC
I Am, Literally, a Friend
Chapter 2: What is this Disease?
Sorting Out the Negatives and Positives
Recurrence and Metastases
Race and Triple Negative
The Age Factor
Chapter 3: Understanding Your Diagnosis
Breast Cancer Types: Where Hormone-Negative Fits In
Translating Your Pathology Report
Chapter 4: The Biology of Triple Negative
Risks, Correlations, and Exceptions
The Implications of a Weakened Immune System
Our Genetic Code
The Interplay of Hormones and Receptors
Inflammation and the Insulin Connection
How and Why is Race a Factor?
Men and Breast Cancer
Chapter 5: Treatment: Your Options
Surgery: Lumpectomy Vs. Mastectomy
Chemotherapy and TNBC
Tamoxifen and Arimidex
Combined Therapy for Hormone Negative
Which Regimen Works Best?
On the Horizon
The Rest of You
Follow-Up Care After Breast Cancer
Chapter 6: The Positives of Healthy Living
Exercise and Physical Activity
Diet: Healthy In, Healthy Out
Putting it All Together
Chapter 7: My Life Right Now
What Cancer Means to Me Now
Appendix: Annotated Pathology Report: Pat's Case
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