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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; Reprint edition (23 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199393850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199393855
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on 29 Jan 2013
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This is the most well written, informative, encouraging and supportive book for anyone diagnosed with TN breast cancer. I was terrified after my diagnosis and having this book to soothe and alleviate my anxieties has been a lifeline. It has all evidence to back it up, explains everything you need to know and gives you hope and practical strategies you can put in place to make sure you can follow the best evidence based healthy eating and exercise regime...I would definitely recommend this to anyone diagnosed with this type of BC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Doggett on 6 May 2013
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As a triple neg myself, it was good to hear another sufferer's views and investigations on the subject. Very well written and something I can dip in and out of when I need specific info.
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Very good book if just diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, Allays some of the fear mongering on the net and is a good resource base for further reading and reference.Good to go back to as you are on your journey.would be good for relatives and friends to gain understanding. Gives you a feeling of hope not despair.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good intro to TNBC, but not final word on after treatment lifestyle 22 Jan 2013
By Michigan Mom - Published on
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A good beginning reference for anyone recently diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). An accurate description of the disease and medical research, with footnotes and references. This allows the reader to research topics of personal interest in more detail.

However, in terms of making treatment decisions and surviving TNBC, I found this book lacking. I guess this is where the footnotes become so important -- Prijatel provides a roadmap for TNBC, but leaves the reader with the responsibility to research topics in more detail. A reasonable approach to an information-rich topic.

The concluding recommendations for surviving TNBC are largely based on the author's personal experience, and I found this part of the book most lacking. She writes much about life style changes (meditation, diet, etc.), but only gives a mention of breast reconstruction, lymphedema, metastatic disease, etc. A comprehensive book, focused on a quality of life after treatment, should address such topics more completely.

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Cancer Book is another recommended reference about breast cancer, its treatment, and life afterward.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent overview, but with a caveat 8 July 2013
By K. Polzin - Published on
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This book gives a detailed overview of triple negative breast cancer and its treatment. Prijatel includes real stories of triple negative breast cancer patients to illustrate the information.

A caveat: Some breast cancer patients prefer not to read about the specifics of prognosis, life expectancy, etc. They should not read this book. It might be anxiety-producing for those people. Everyone else will find it well-written and informative.

One quibble: The book has a LOT of statistics, perhaps a bit too much; there are many inset boxes detailing the results of studies, or providing epidemiological data, some of which was already summarized in the text. And not all the statistics were illuminating.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have book on Breast Cancer 5 Nov 2012
By Patricia - Published on
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This is a marvelous book. When I ordered it I assumed it was the usual memoir on an encounter with breast cancer (I like those kinds of books) but this is so much more. Actually, she mostly covers the memoir part in the first 20 pages and then she gets down to the facts about this disease. She is primarily writing about "triple-negative" breast cancer (I'll let her explain what that is since she does it so well) but I think it is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in breast cancer. I wish I had had this book when I was diagnosed (same year as her - 2005 - and I am just 5 years older than she is). It would have explained so much and set me up to ask much better questions. She is not a doctor but a professor and a journalist and she has done her research in spades. The factual information is quite incredible. She carefully explains all about breast cancer and then tells you what to ask, how to deal with your doctors and with treatment options and she shares stories of others who have been through it. It is a very positive book, assuring readers that breast cancer is usually a survivable disease and she helps you confront the myriad decisions on treatment that usually overwhelm those newly diagnosed. And she helps you read all those dreadful statistics in a positive light. Throughout all this serious stuff, she is suddenly and unexpectedly funny! Quite a sense of humor. And I loved that she honestly shared her feelings and her fears of reoccurrence. Cancer makes you paranoid and she faces that quite honestly. I think many people will find that aspect very helpful.

Since the subject is breast cancer, I would like to share a few personal thoughts with those who are newly diagnosed. I had Stage IIa with extension to the lymph nodes and have been through the surgeries, chemo and fallout, and radiation but I want to say this: you will get over it. Most newly diagnosed patients will go on to live full lives. The initial diagnosis and treatment options are overwhelming. When I went to "chemo class" to learn what was coming, I walked out deciding to have no treatment at all - but of course I changed my mind when faced with the alternatives! But in the end it is really not that bad - there are definitely some miserable times (chemo blew out my gall bladder - it was full of gangrene!) but you get through them. When you are in the middle of it, it seems that for about a year the doctors take over your life - but then lo and behold you get your life back! It helped me that my 70-year old sister has been through breast cancer twice and (two different cancers) and now is fighting a lymphoma, but she still teaches every day and is deeply involved with her 6 small grandchildren. Her quality of life is good and the docs assure her that this latest cancer won't kill her. So hang in there - you do have a future. The fears will fade and you will go on with your life. Having had cancer just becomes the "new normal" in your life - it somehow just fits in and you get used to it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Information in a great format 5 Nov 2012
By Lydia B - Published on
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I am a triple negative breast cancer survivor. There is not a lot of information specifically for triple negative, so I read everything I can find. This book not only gives a large amount of information but weaves in stories of people who have battled it. This keeps you from getting bogged down with just facts -- it gives the human picture too. I am very interested in learning all I can. There are links to many web sites that give additional facts, studies, etc. I have found it to be a great resource and encouragement.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful guide for helping me to make sure do all I can to survive TNBC 18 Oct 2012
By Cndyp - Published on
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I pre ordered the book, it arrived today, I am halfway through it by evening. I loved her writing style with bits of humor sprinkled through out. I have Triple Negative Breast Cancer and finish radiation in two days. I am thrilled to have found this roadmap to help me make sure I have all the information I need to help me survive TNBC. I am sure many women will benefit from this book. Thank you Patricia for your research!!
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