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Breaking the "fog of war."
I know first-hand how patients struggle to absorb the tsunami of information they receive from a string of well-meaning consultants. Despite our best efforts to distill the technical information into understandable layman's terms, I know that much of the discussion is lost to the "fog of war." The structure of Dr. Joe Explains' books help guide patients, family, friends, and caregivers through the entire cancer spectrum from the initial diagnosis to survivorship, no matter the level of education or sophistication.
There when you’re ready.
Although my healthcare team did an excellent job explaining everything to me, the simple truth is that no matter how good your memory is, you can barely remember anything because of the tremendous shock you have just received… One of the things that I liked best about this book is that you can read what you need to know and come back and read more when you are ready. It is an excellent resource, directed not only at the physical changes, but also at the psychological roller coaster. Dr. Joe Explains takes the diagnosis and leads you calmly along the path to recovery
We searched for the perfect book—this is it.
We have searched and searched for the perfect book to give to patients—this is it. All newly diagnosed (and some recurrent) breast cancer patients undergoing treatment receive a copy due to the generosity of our cancer center. Our patients refer to it throughout their treatment and beyond.
Establishing the building blocks.
Even though I am an oncology nurse, I found this book comforting and helpful when preparing for a recent biopsy as it carefully considers the patient's perspective. One thing I really liked about it is the way the authors outline the process of cancer diagnosis and treatment…Each overwhelming topic then connects to the last, establishing the building blocks necessary for the patient to understand what is happening to them. So helpful for use with my patients!
Bridging the gap.
As a physician, I sometimes struggle with explaining how I see a disease process. Dr. Joe Explains' book helps bridge the gap between medical providers and their patients in a way that connects the two seamlessly. It helps bring back to earth the experiences that a patient may face in dealing with her or his cancer diagnosis.
Offering peace of mind.
As an RN working in Oncology, I knew this book was a great teaching tool for my patients. But then I became the patient. This book offered me the peace of mind to navigate through the process.
Explaining the complicated in easy-to-understand ways.
It fills a void of much-needed books explaining complicated and anxiety-provoking medical diagnosis to patients in simple and easy to understand ways. The analogies in this book fill that need. I look forward to recommending this book to all of my breast cancer patients.
It has been a real Godsend!
It's quite a shock when your doctor tells you of your cancer diagnosis. Though my wonderful oncologist explained everything to me in detail, even drawing diagrams, I think my husband and I retained little of that visit. We had taken notes, and he gave us a print-out, thank goodness. But my sister-in-law, also a patient, sent me this book, and it has been a real Godsend! I now have everything spelled out clearly, and I can refer to it as often as I need. It is a MUST HAVE!!!
One of the best books on the topic.
Beautiful and informative graphics, along with take-home points at the end of each chapter, help the reader easily navigate through a difficult experience… Unlike many other books on the same topic, How Breast Cancer is Like a Dandelion is written by two medical oncologists, both with large, active medical practices and extensive experience working with people with breast cancer. As an advanced practice nurse in oncology with many years of experience working with women with breast cancer, I have found this to be one of the best books on the topic that I have read in a long time.
Embarking from a place of understanding instead of fear.
It is very easy to read and gives great perspective and information on what is usually a very frightening experience. I always tell my patients, "knowledge is power," and Dr. Joe Explains' breast cancer book helps women and their support team embark on the journey from a place of understanding instead of fear.
There probably isn't anything more terrifying than hearing a physician saying, "you have cancer!" Then it starts, all the strange words, testing, confusion, and your mind is overwhelmed. Dr. Joe Explains will alleviate a lot of that anxiety. This book can help you understand things a lot better.
Addressing their questions, fears, steps, and concerns.
The booklets have been a great success with patients to address their questions, fears, steps in the biopsy process, questions, and concerns. We use them with every patient who needs a breast biopsy. Patients find the wording, illustrations, and step-by-step guide so helpful in their care.
Making sense of the confusing world of medical terms.
Dr. Joe Explains' book helps to allay fears and make sense of the confusing world of medical terms and diagnostic tools. The book logically lays out brief yet concise information on each step in the process of a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. I particularly appreciated the "recap" at the end of each chapter and the glossary at the end of the book. A bonus is the lovely artwork!
Straightforward way to look at very emotional, highly technical, and life-altering decisions.
I will certainly be recommending Dr. Joe Explains’ simple and straightforward (a relative term when you’re talking about cancer) way to look at a very emotional, highly technical, and life-altering decision. Dr. Joe Explains doesn't guarantee good outcomes for everyone in every situation, but they give patients and their families an understandable metaphor for making the best decisions with the information available.
From the perspective of a friend with your best interest at heart.
Dr. Joe Explains is beautifully written with compassion and from the perspective of a friend. A really smart friend who has your best interest at heart and understands the importance and sensitivity of the topic you are discussing. I was impressed by Dr. Joe Explains’ ability to discuss a woman's worst nightmare - YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER - in an educational and scientific way without losing the emotions every woman is feeling during this time.
Recommend for patient teaching.
As a nurse, I recommend this book for patient teaching also. Suggest it to your doctor and make sure it's sitting on the magazine rack in the office!
Taking the guesswork out.
Once you hear the word “cancer” in the same sentence with the name of someone you love and care about, it’s hard to hear anything else. In this book, Dr. Joe Explains takes the guesswork out of understanding breast cancer diagnosis and treatment by explaining it in a way that nearly everyone can understand. No one wants to think about a breast cancer diagnosis, but if it happens to you or someone you love, you need Dr. Joe Explains' book to help you through your treatment and recovery. Knowledge is power and empowerment, and this book is the solid foundation on which to build your understanding of, and resolve to face, breast cancer.
For anyone impacted by cancer, whether personally or a loved one.
During my friend’s breast cancer diagnosis, Dr. Joe Explains really helped guide us all through her early stages. I would recommend it to anyone impacted by breast cancer, whether personally or a close family member or friend.
Knowledge is power.
This book is a must-read. Dr. Joe Explains cancer and its treatment options in easy-to-understand terminology. Knowledge is power, so why not read this book to learn all you can about cancer, its prevention, and its treatment?
Breaking down the barrier of fear.
Dr. Joe Explains does a phenomenal job of breaking down the complexities of breast cancer step-by-step and in "layman’s" terms. The artwork, easy-to-read narrative combined with the analogies, makes breast cancer education so much easier to digest. Breaking down the barrier of fear and hitting it head-on with concepts we can all understand.
Written with compassion and care.
I feel this book was written with compassion and the utmost care to educate, strengthen and empower the reader. Breast cancer patients, their families, and friends would benefit greatly from reading this book.
Taking some of the fear out of the unknown.
It offers clear guidance on what to expect during the whole process and gave me many insights that I would never have thought of on my own. Beautifully written and organized—it simply gave me hope by taking some of the fear out of the unknown.
Becoming an active participant in your care.
This information allows you to be an active participant in your care and treatment. A cancer diagnosis is scary. Information you can understand and use is a powerful tool to help you get through the process one step and one day at a time. This book is also a good resource for your caregiver and support team.
A MUST HAVE!
What an amazing book! I am in the Oncology field, and I know there are many patient educational books out there, but nothing like this! I have never seen a more beautiful, well-thought-out book for patients, regarding breast cancer, and I wish I had known about this book earlier when my friend was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone dealing with breast cancer!