Val Sampson & Debbie Fenlon

The Breast Cancer Book
  • The Breast Cancer Book

  • 'This is an excellent book and I would recommend it to any woman with breast cancer.' Christine Fogg, Breast Cancer Care.

    The Breast Cancer Book is the book Val Sampson looked for in vain when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Based on her own experience, that of other breast cancer patients and also on interviews with experts in this field, it looks at the conventional medical treatments of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as at the part which can be played by complementary treatments such as reflexology, meditation and spiritual healing. It also sets out to give emotional help and support in coping with the fear and sense of loneliness that often comes with a diagnosis of cancer, and there are sections on how to get support from people around you, how to look good and feel better, and twenty things to try if you are feeling low. Above all, it shows women that it is possible to lead a happy and fulfilling life after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and that the power to achieve this lies within the individual. This book is the most well-balanced, supportive and honest book on breast cancer available today.

Val Sampson is a freelance journalist who has written for a wide range of newspapers ranging from The People to The Guardian and The Times, as well a numerous women's magazines including She, Woman, Woman's Own, Best, Woman's Weekly and You. She has had breast cancer twice in the last five years. She leads a seminar on Language and the Concept of Cancer for nurses at the Institute of Cancer Research. Debbie Fenlon was Val Sampson's breast care nurse when she was first diagnosed. She is now an oncology lecturer with the Institute of Cancer Research in association with the Royal Marsden NHS Trust. The foreword is by Ian Smith, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Medical Director, Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research.

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