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From Both Ends of the Stethoscope: Getting through breast cancer-by a doctor who knows by [Thompson, Dr Kathleen]
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'This is an essential, supportive, brilliant guide and should be read by anyone with cancer, or given to anyone we know with cancer. And we all know someone ...' Margaret Graham, Bestselling Author 'This book is a nice balance between the personal story of the author and useful facts and references. The advice is both practical and sympathetic and would also help friends and relatives trying to support someone, providing insight into how it feels to be the patient. Although the author is specifically writing about her experiences with breast cancer, many of the issues and emotions will be relevant to other cancer diagnosis. It is also well written and I found it a real 'page turner'. I would recommend this book to anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis.' Reader 'I consider this book is vital reading for any person who is suffering the trauma of breast cancer. It is technically informative and offers advice on how to approach the medical profession for advice, the questions to ask and how to understand the answers. It will be a great aid for lessening the anxiety that cancer sufferers experience by giving them the necessary knowledge that will reduce the fear of the unknown.' Reader 'If you or a family member has had a diagnosis of breast cancer, then this book will be essential reading. As someone who has been through the process herself, and has experienced both the caring professionalism and the shortcomings of breast cancer treatment today, Dr Thompson speaks frankly and with great wisdom, wearing, as she says, both her 'doctor head' and her 'woman head'. She takes a very balanced and practical view of current breast cancer treatment and lets sufferers and their families know what to expect.' Reader 'This book approaches what could be a dismal and frightening prospect with honesty and indeed good humour. We meet the people she met along her path to recovery and we feel what she felt. It is surprising that even a well-qualified and fully experienced health professional can find herself going through the maze feeling vulnerable and bewildered, but one can only admire the way in which she gradually asserts herself tactfully but respectfully where necessary. This book will answer so many questions: How am I meant to feel? What should I ask? What should I do if I think my treatment is inappropriate? To what am I entitled? Where can I go for help if I feel I am being ill-served by the system? What can I expect will happen? There is so much sound advice here for both the sufferer and her (or indeed his) family. Dr Thompson includes guidance on improvements we should all make to our diet and lifestyle to best avoid the incidence and recurrence of cancer. Some myths are exploded and new theories and therapies explored. This has to be the best all-round, self-help book on this subject. As someone who has been part of the way through this minefield myself, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to any breast cancer sufferer and to their nearest and dearest.' Reader 'I consider this book is vital reading for any person who is suffering the trauma of breast cancer. It is technically informative and offers advice on how to approach the medical profession for advice, the questions to ask and how to understand the answers. It will be a great aid for lessening the anxiety that cancer sufferers experience by giving them the necessary knowledge that will reduce the fear of the unknown.' Reader 'Dr Kathleen Thompson's foray into combining medical and patient "expertise" results in a tight but still emotionally evocative journey through her experience of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. The book - deliberately - exposes a key issue facing patients going though any such experience (which could apply to all illness), namely, how do you take control of your patient experience to ensure you get the best treatment?' Gerard Dugdill Pink Ribbon

About the Author

Kathleen Thompson is a doctor. Originally a paediatrician, she now specialises in pharmaceutical medicines and research. She has two long-suffering children, who patiently tolerate their mother's crazy projects, and rescue her from frequent IT catastrophes. She enjoys adventures and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, walked the Camino de Santiago (500 miles) and, cycled through Rajasthan and through the mountains of Kerala. She raised funds for the charity, Women v Cancer, during two of these escapades. When she found she had breast cancer, she believed it had happened for a reason and has written this book to give the benefit of her experience and knowledge to others with cancer and their loved ones.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Faito Books; 1 edition (4 Jan. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A7DM42Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Many of you will be familiar with Frost Magazine’s Dr Kathleen Thompson’s regular health features, which are topical, succinct accessible and helpful.
It is no surprise, therefore, that Dr Kathleen Thompson brings just the same skills to From Both Ends Of The Stethoscope – Getting through breast cancer – by a doctor who knows.
This guide should be read by anyone with cancer, or given to anyone we know with the disease. Not only that, it should be read by relatives who are suddenly thrust into a unexpected supportive role, which leaves them as confused and upset as the patient.
In the guide, Dr Kathleen Thompson has the courage to use her personal experiences of breast cancer to explore the situation. She acknowledges not only her reluctance to face up to the symptoms, but her initial fear and confusion as she adjusted to this change in her fortunes.
As a medical insider, she reflects and applies her understanding of the medical procedures brought to bear to counteract the progress of the disease. She suggests the questions patients could, or perhaps should ask. She explains the possible treatments, (remember, that knowledge is power).
This is the key to the guide, it seemed to me: it is important for the patient to take control of the situation, and for the relatives to support this stance. To control a situation you need education because education leads to knowledge, which leads to power. Here I must acknowledge the fantastic Andy McNabb, who made this suggestion in a talk he gave. I thought it profound, and use it often.
Indeed, everyone should keep it as a mantra.I loved, particularly, the chapter on how patients manipulate the staff to achieve, or not, the results they require – read it, learn, and laugh.
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Having had two close family members diagnosed with breast cancer, I was looking for a book which would explain more and answer the myriad of questions I had. This book seemed to fit the bill, a book about breast cancer, written by a doctor who had experienced it. Having read it, I find this book offers so much more. It certainly gives me the hard facts of the diagnosis; the disease and the treatments, which I needed to know, but it is also a personal story of a woman’s journey through the stages of her treatment. Kathleen talks of her emotions during that journey from diagnosis; through her battle to get the right treatment and her personal experience of the operations and radiotherapy. She leaves the reader with no doubt that this is a serious condition with necessary yet unpleasant treatments, but that there is hope and you must take control; ask the right questions and challenge to get the most positive outcome. Whilst serious in the information this book delivers, it does also include some amusing observations about her experiences and those she met along the way, making it a good and easy read. This book has helped me so much to make some sense of what a diagnosis of breast cancer really means. Highly recommended.
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Dr Kathleen Thompson's foray into combining medical and patient "expertise" results in a tight but still emotionally evocative journey through her experience of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. The book - deliberately - exposes a key issue facing patients going though any such experience (which could apply to all illness), namely, how do you take control of your patient experience to ensure you get the best treatment?

Some tough issues are addressed, such as how can you possibly hope to understand what is going on? Ms Thompson, a former paedetrician and medical researcher, was often herself stunned into incomprehension of what was being said to her.

How do you insist on the treatment you want and need, how do you get a second opinion? If communication is a big part of the challenge of overcoming illness, how do we begin to communicate accurately, over all the technicality and the panic, to get to the best possible decision?

Thompson presents a controversial and poignant description of her fight to get the surgery procedure she wanted for herself, after originally being rejected for her preferred operation by the well-tailored consultant “Miss Gomez”. Throughout the book there is a good balance of crunchy breast cancer-related medical advice and human detail from her case history.

The book raises many questions moving forward. After reading the book, I wondered if it might be possible to record medical consultations so patients could go over again what had been said. Thompson herself says that in Britain patients are notoriously submissive about questioning medical advice; perhaps at least summaries of what is being said, akin to the summaries she offers at the end of each chapter, could get the ball rolling, assuming of course the lawyers can be kept at bay.

Gerard Dugdill
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gd@pinkribbon.co
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I shall say this whether I should or not! I know the author of this remarkable book personally. Correction - I thought I knew the author! Reading the story of Dr Kathleen Thompson's encounter with breast cancer and her subsequent recovery from this devastating illness, has revealed a woman and an author who displays a deep vein of human sympathy, a remarkable aptness with words and a sense of wit and humour that shines through every page. I am a man, by the way! May I say that this account may be ostensibly about breast cancer, but more importantly reveals in great depth how women - as opposed to men - see the world and lead their "interior" lives. It has given me an insight into the way human beings - and especially women - react to suffering. It seems almost a contradiction, an aberration even, to say that I enjoyed every page of the book. But that is a simple statement of the truth. This book deals with suffering - but reading it from cover to cover is a truly enjoyable experience.
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