For a book that is supposed to be the best book to use on breast cancer, Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book falls short in many important areas. Of course, it is not a complete waste of print. It may help to know what to expect ahead of time, though .
The first problem of the book is easy to spot. That is, too much of the book covers basic anatomy of breast tissue and development instead of the information that women who read the book need the most. Women who are looking for answers do not want to have to sift through half of the book before they find them. Particularly when one’s life hangs in the balance.
The next difficulty lies in the fact that the book was published only as recently as 2005. This has to take its toll on the accuracy of the survival and mortality statistics quoted within its pages. In the cases of chemotherapy, antibodies, and hormonal therapies, advances are often realized much more quickly than a five-year span. Because of this, there are no good statistics on ten-year survival rates.
Even worse than that, Dr. Love only dedicates one paragraph to the very sensitive topic of interpreting the data so that readers may relate it to their own situations! How can they possibly move forward in their fight when they are ill-prepared and fearful?
Another flaw with the book is that there is much too much detail about rare complications of surgery and recurrence. At a time when most readers are looking for cold hard facts about their options in order to make treatment decisions, the author belabors the number of lives lost as well as medical inadequacy. Once again, superfluous discussion is found where answers are most desperatley needed.
Even when Dr. Love does have some good information for the reader about how dangerous chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery can be, she still recommends it wholeheartedly. Even though she says herself that 2-9% of non-metastatic women experience benefits from chemotherapy and that these three treatment options carry devastating and often permanent side effects!
I think I would be wary of any healthcare provider who offers that kind of advice. Let’s not forget that she is a doctor, after all, and may have a detached manner of assessing treatment plans.
Again, I am not saying that no one should read the book. Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book is still a good reference. However, I would not put all of my time into reading it, especially if I wanted to be able to take any kind of action right away in order to save my own life.
Looking for practical information about preventing breast cancer in yourself and the women you love? Visit the preventing breast cancer page on Holistic-Medicine-MD. Better yet, check out the book Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk With Foods You Love by Dr. Robert Pendergrast.
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