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Book review: Breast Cancer: Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutic Guidance

Macmillan cancer information and support service lead Maria Leadbetter reviews this guidance to therapeutic care

Breast Cancer: Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutic Guidance

Uwe Fischer, Friedemann Baum,
Susanne Luftner-Nagel
Thieme Medical Publishers
254pp | £133.50 hardback
ISBN: 9783132019317

This book has some detailed sections on breast diagnostics and gives clear explanations and evidence of the surgical, medical and radiotherapy treatment options, making it a suitable team resource or reference book.

It covers benign breast conditions and the management of breast cancers through to ‘the concluding consultation’, but no mention of survivorship and follow-up, which is now embedded in UK breast care.

Disappointingly, the only mention of the nurses’ role was a reference about the benefit of having a breast care nurse accompanying the woman throughout the process. Despite the book’s mainly technical and scientific focus, there is a good quirky discussion on getting the department space right and other insights along this vein.

The book conveys how as a person’s space becomes more and more constricted as they enter further into the hospital until they are finally taken to a windowless room. I had never thought of this from the perspective of a person with cancer before.


Reviewed by Maria Leadbeater, Macmillan cancer information and support service lead, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

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