Breast cancer

Breast cancer

Writer John W. Anderson knows a thing or two about helping the women in his life battle breast cancer. His mother, Annie, died from the disease and his mother's best friend Caryl, his sister Mary, and his wife, Sharon, all battled breast cancer and survived. In the process, Anderson learned how breast cancer affects men and what men can do when women in their lives become its victims.

Anderson used his experience to write Stand By Me: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men, after his wife reached her five-year cancer-free milestone. The book is a comprehensive reference and compass for husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and other caring men to help the women in their lives cope with this devastating disease.

The book is a step-by-step program targeted to men who want to become invaluable breast cancer caregivers to their loved ones, while at the same time helping them address and overcome their own personal fears, frustrations and anxieties caused by this disease. Combining anecdotes from his own and others' secondhand experiences of breast cancer with extensive research and abundant resources, Anderson provides information, strategies and guidance on countless medical and emotional minefields men face every day.

Beginning with the dreaded moment of diagnosis, Anderson clearly explains the range of breast cancer treatments -- from lumpectomy and chemotherapy to double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. He also provides expert advice on medical, psychological, family relationships, sexual and financial issues.

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