Five and a half years ago, my surgeon called it the bible on breast cancer, and Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has been a constant companion of mine ever since. It’s the one book I recommend to everyone I meet with a new diagnosis, it’s my go-to gift recommendation for family and friends who don’t know how to help, and it sits tattered and worn on my bookshelf, ready for instant consultation.
As of yesterday, I have a brand new shiny copy of Dr. Love’s treasured book of wisdom (fifth edition) — the coveted resource she revamps every few years so that women everywhere have the latest and greatest information on a disease we so badly need to understand.
How is this book different from all the others? Well, it’s been totally reorganized and rewritten in order to communicate two paradigm shifts that have taken place over the years:
(1) We now know that all breast cancers are not the same. There’s actually five or six molecular subtypes, and treatment must be personalized to match each one.
(2) We also know that cancer cells do not function in isolation. There’s more than a mutated cell at work — it needs an environment to nourish it. A bad cell in a good environment will likely stay dormant. But if the environment changes, there might be trouble. Aha, lifestyle is important.
With these two topics woven throughout, Dr. Love breaks down everything from the biology of the breast to risk factors to decisions regarding treatment. She talks recurrence and research and politics, and she’s got sketches, drawings, charts, and graphs to help make sense of it all. The book is more than 600 pages long, and that should tell you something about how detailed and complex breast cancer can be. Don’t be intimidated, though. You don’t need to sit down and start reading — just use it for reference, and be thankful that there’s someone out there, armed with the best and most accurate information, who cares enough to try to stop this deadly disease once and for all.
It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to give away one copy of Dr. Love’s book. If it happens to land in your hands, you will be forever grateful for the direction and inspiration that lies within.
Ready to play? Just follow the steps below:
- Leave a comment sharing why you need this book in your library!
- Leave your comment no later than 5PM ET on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
- 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 via random.org.
- One winner will receive one book, valued at $22.00.
- Winners will be notified by email, so make sure to check next week to find out if you’ve won!