Overwhelmed by the breast cancer books in stores? Start with these notable recent releases. They cover all the bases—whether you're a patient, a survivor, or simply someone who wants the latest on this urgent women's health issue.
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
They don't call it "the bible of breast care" for nothing. This comprehensive fifth edition, by eminent breast surgeon and patient advocate Susan M. Love, offers new information on breast cancer risk factors, treatment advances, alternative therapies, sexuality, and much more. $22, Da Capo Lifelong Books
Nancy Brinker, founder of the breast cancer mega-charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure, shares the story of how her sister's death from breast cancer imbued her with a mission to eradicate the disease.
It's an inspiring tale of sisterhood, devotion, and determination. $15,
Three Rivers Press
Just Get Me Through This! Breast cancer survivor Deborah Cohen and oncologist Robert Gelfand offer a warmly written guide on what to expect—and what to do—after diagnosis. In this updated edition, they cover medical topics such as symptoms and treatments, plus related issues such as communicating the news to family members and navigating financial challenges. $15, Kensington Trade
Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer
Penned by breast oncologist Marisa C. Weiss and her mother, Ellen Weiss (a breast cancer survivor), this fully revised second edition offers a road map for living a rich and meaningful life after treatment ends. Topics include new advances in follow-up care, managing the risk of recurrence, and finding closure. $20, Three Rivers Press
Pink Ribbon Blues
In this provocative and eye-opening critique, medical sociologist Gayle Sulik, Ph.D., makes the case that breast cancer culture is increasingly frivolous and commercialized—with patients paying the price. $30, Oxford University Press