There’s a new breast cancer book out there, with a new twist — it’s for men. It’s called STAND BY HER: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men by John W. Anderson (AMACOM Books, October 2009).
Anderson watched his mother, Anne, die from breast cancer. Then, he watched his mother’s best friend Caryl, his sister Mary, and his wife Sharon battle breast cancer and survive. From these four extraordinary women, Anderson learned how breast cancer affects men and what men can do when women in their lives become its victims. After his wife reached her five-year cancer-free milestone, he decided to write a comprehensive reference and compass for husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and other caring men.
STAND BY HER is a step-by-step program targeted to men who want to become invaluable breast cancer caregivers to their loved ones, while at the same time helping them address and overcome their own personal fears, frustrations and anxieties caused by this disease. Combining anecdotes from his own and others’ secondhand experiences of breast cancer with extensive research and abundant resources, Anderson provides information, strategies and guidance on countless medical and emotional minefields men face, every day. Beginning with the challenge of interpreting and handling the initial diagnosis, he clearly explains the range of breast cancer treatments — from lumpectomy and chemotherapy to double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
Anderson is an Emmy-nominated director of television commercials, including Lifetime Television’s “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” campaign, and a writer, producer and director of television shows. He is a writer for newspapers and magazines, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Nation and many other publications. He has a blog www.standbyher.org.
And he’s going to be on The Today Show on October 8, talking all about the book. Check him out if you can.
And here’s some exciting news: One lucky reader is going to score a copy of Anderson’s book. Here’s the scoop on how to enter to win:
- Leave a comment below sharing why you really want this book.
- Leave your comment no later than 5PM ET on Friday, October 9, 2009.
- You may enter only once.
- Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, who are 18 and older.
- One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
- One winner will receive one copy of STAND BY HER: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men, valued at $18.95.
- Winners will be notified by email, so make sure to check next week to find out if you’ve won!