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Breast Cancer Pathfinder

According to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, breast cancer is a malignant growth that begins in the tissues of the breast. Over the course of a lifetime, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. When found early, breast cancer is very treatable.

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Internet Resources

Breast Cancer Care Links
Developed by the Center for Communication in Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, this site contains clear information about the treatment process and health-care team. The site is designed for newly diagnosed patients and their families, but women at any stage in the breast cancer process will also find helpful information within its pages.
Cancer.gov: Breast Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine, specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.
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Unparalleled support for breast cancer patients, including a 24-hour toll-free hotline.
Association of Cancer Online Resources
One-stop access to nearly one hundred electronic mailing lists devoted to cancer as well as a variety of unique Web sites and cancer news.

Books

Breast Cancer Clear and Simple: All Your Questions Answered. American Cancer Society. 2008.
I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Women Talk Openly. . . . Peltason RA. 2008.
100 Questions & Answers about Breast Cancer. Brown Z. 2007.
The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan: Reclaim Health, Regain Strength, Live Longer. Kaelin C. 2007.
A Woman's Initiation: Women's Experiences with Breast Cancer and How it Transformed Their Lives. Murphy D. 2006.
Cancer Vixen: A True Story. Marchetto M. 2006.
Get it off my Chest: Overcoming a Difficult Journey through Breast Cancer. Kavanagh B. 2005.
Living Through Breast Cancer: What a Harvard Doctor and Survivor Wants You to Know About Getting the Best Care While Preserving Your Self-Image. Kaelin C. 2005.
Nordie's at Noon: The Personal Stories of Four Women "Too Young" for Breast Cancer. Balwanz P. 2006.
Only if You Really Want to Know: Breast Cancer Coping Hints and Treatment Side Effects. Scott C. 2006.
When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children. Harpham WS. 1997. (Also includes a special book for children, Becky and the Worry Cup.)

Videos

On With Life: Practical Information on Living with Advanced Breast Cancer. (24 min.)
Breast cancer: Surviving and winning. (31 min.)
Breast cancer legacy. (50 min.)

Support

Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.