Breast cancer, getting information to treat it

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Breast Cancer


277 pages
70 videos


You learn that you, or someone close to you, has breast cancer. The news is devastating, but all is not lost. Far from it. More than 80 out of 100 women recover. But how? At what cost?
Pr Gilles Freyer accompanies you every step of the way.

“Why this book? To express everything I would like to say to my patients during consultations; but the time devoted to them, in the context of my practice as an oncologist specialising in breast cancer, does not allow me to do so. I want to inform widely and above all without dramatising.”


Professor Gilles Freyer offers you an interactive book that answers important questions as well as practical questions about the experience of the disease.

For example, during breast cancer:
- "I have my first mammogram tomorrow and I'm worried".
- My first chemotherapy is about to start. I'm a bit scared.
- "I'm exhausted from my treatment."

Prof. Freyer's answer comes in the form of a short video sequence, as soon as the question is asked, as if it were a live answer.

As you read, you will find small icons indicating the presence of a video.
Click on them to go directly to the online video. Here are some examples:

question mark icon ribbon icon microscope icon female body icon pills icon

A book that will guarantee its reader regular updates according to the news.


Topics covered in this book :

1 - What is breast cancer?
2 - Is screening really useful?
3 - Screening is good, but it would be better to avoid breast cancer!
4 - How can we be sure it's breast cancer? Do false cancers exist?
5 - Are there different kinds of breast cancer?
6 - I had a mammogram and not a scan. Why is this?
7 - My mammogram is "negative". What does this mean?
8 - I am going to have a biopsy. Why and how does this happen?
9 - How long does it take to get my results and what do I see on a biopsy?
10 - They say there are tests to predict breast cancer in a healthy person?
11 - Is breast cancer hereditary?
12 - Angelina Jolie's prevention operation: sensational or a real solution?
13 - What are the main stages of treatment: by whom and with what?
14 - My medical team has chosen to operate on me: why and how will it happen?
15 - What is this "sentinel lymph node" that everyone is talking about?
16 - How do you choose post-surgical treatments?
17 - You have suggested radiotherapy. Why and how does it work?
18 - What complementary medicines can I take apart from what my oncologist prescribes?
19 - There is a lot of talk about targeted therapies, what are they?
20 - I am surprised by the number of drugs you have, how do you choose?
21 - I'm going to have my first chemotherapy, what criteria did you use to choose the drugs?
22 - How do I prepare for my first chemotherapy and how does it work?
23 - How long will my first treatment last?
24 - Does chemotherapy cause pain?
25 - Does chemotherapy make me feel unwell?
26 - Will I lose my hair?
27 - Does chemotherapy make me feel nauseous and vomit, is this normal?
28 - A friend of mine told me that she was tired not only after her chemotherapy but for a long time afterwards, why?
29 - I've heard that some chemotherapies have serious side effects, is this true?
30 - Are there any serious side effects of chemotherapy that I can identify myself?
31 - What is a recurrence?
32 - What are the signs of cancer recurrence?
33 - What is my risk of recurrence and how do I know if it has happened?
34 - I've heard about genetic mapping of the tumour, what exactly is this?
35 - What is the ideal team to follow my cancer? The oncologist OR the GP?
36 - How do you communicate with my GP?
37 - I see new, upcoming or future drugs all the time... How can I be sure I'm getting the latest?
38 - You are asking me to participate in a clinical trial. What does a clinical trial mean?
39 - If I agree to take part in a clinical trial, will I be better treated and better monitored?
40 - I've heard that you can predict the effectiveness of a treatment?
41 - How will you check that the treatment has worked?
42 - Do I need to have a special diet during and after treatment?
43 - Should I tell my family and friends about my treatment?
44 - I don't really feel like a woman anymore... yet I want to be one again.
45 - Heart coherence to be less stressed.
46 - The body scan to be less stressed.
47 - What will be the monitoring at the end of the treatment?
48 - I have just been told that I am in remission. What is the difference with a cure?
49 - Do I have to reconstruct the breast that was removed? Same question for both breasts.
50 - I am devastated: I have just been told that I have metastases?
51 - What is the strategy in case of relapse?
52 - Is it possible to have several relapses?
53 - If I have lost the battle, will you tell me?
54 - Are there any after-effects of the surgery and long-term treatments?
55 - Will I be able to have a child after my treatment?
56 - What can I do about the discomfort of hormone treatments?

And much more...


Publisher: Les éditions du Docteur Lemoine
Author : Pr Gilles Freyer
Publication date : 01/10/2021
Nb. of pages : 277
Format : pdf + video


Prof. G. Freyer is Director of the Cancer Institute of the Hospices Civils de Lyon and Vice-Dean of the UFR Lyon-Sud, University Lyon 1. He is currently Head of the Medical Oncology Department at the Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud.

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