Breast Cancer: The Facts is a concise and accessible guide to breast cancer for patients and their families, general health practitioners, nurses and medical and allied health students. For those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, this book will provide essential background information on the disease and will assist them in negotiating the often convoluted and obscure path through treatment. With this knowledge, people affected by breast cancer, and their families, will be able to ask health care teams the questions in order to make informed decisions about treatment. This publication covers all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer, focusing on the patient journey, but also includes information on women at high risk, menopause and fertility after treatment, breast cancer associated with pregnancy, the role of clinical research, and the psychosocial aspects of diagnosis and survivorship. The clear layout of the book enables readers to focus on chapters or topic areas relevant to their specific concerns. The authors have also provided the details of additional resources which can further inform the reader.
Although written by two specialists in breast cancer, the focus on the whole patient, their family and social networks, and the role of other professionals such as the general practitioner, transforms the book from a textbook on breast cancer to a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease.
Christobel Saunders is Professor of Surgical Oncology at The University of Western Australia, teaching surgery to medical students and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.
An active clinical researcher, she is a lead investigator in several large studies in cancer. Her research interests include clinical trials, epidemiology and pathology of pregnancy-related (gestational) breast cancer, familial breast cancer, minimally invasive treatments and quality of life research, and have led to the publication of over 65 scientific papers in refereed journals as well as books and book chapters.
Professor Saunders is a well-recognised cancer policy advisor and cancer control advocate. She is an executive member of several local, national and international cancer organisations, including Cancer Australia, The Cancer Council WA (President) and the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Sunil Jassal is a consultant in Breast Surgery at Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. He was born and completed initial medical and surgical training in Victoria, gaining an FRACS in the area of General Surgery. Sunil subsequently moved to Perth to pursue further training and expertise in his sub-specialty interest of Breast Surgery.