You may know breast cancer as something that
requires a big operation and leaves the woman disfigured, or something
that is treated with chemotherapy, causing hair to fall out. And something
that women usually die of.
In reality, breast cancer that is diagnosed early is one of the most
treatable diseases. There has been enormous progress in breast cancer
management in the past twenty years. There are effective combinations
of treatments that can kill cancer cells, and surgical techniques
that give cosmetically pleasing results. In this situation that probably
appears pretty dismal to you right now, there are plenty of reasons
to be positive.
In the next days or weeks, you should review the appropriate chapters
of this book with your partner, and learn with her. Understanding
breast cancer and its treatment will help you regain a feeling of
control over your life, and will make you a much more effective supporter
for the woman you love.
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