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Using the familiar image of a garden and a personal, plain English style to illustrate your cancer and how it affects your body, Professor Boyages, MD, PhD, walks you slowly through the stress and confusion after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

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About the author

John BoyagesJohn is a cancer specialist with 30 years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  He is the Director and Professor of Breast Oncology at the Macquarie University Cancer institute. From 1995 to 2011 he was the founding director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and has published more than 140 research and clinical articles. He is an adviser on various national and international committees and is a member of the Australian Research Council College. 

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  • Dear John, I just got my hands on a copy of your new book. WOW! I couldn’t put it down. What an absolutely brilliant book—unique, balanced, simple charts and yet quite detailed, empowering, compassionate and informative, informative, informative! WOW! Congratulations. I’m sure women of Australia and beyond thank you.

    Dr John Eden, Associate Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Director Women's Health & Research Institute of Australia

  • I want to thank you very much for sending me your e-book just after I was diagnosed with early breast cancer. I read it cover to cover (so to speak) in two sittings the weekend you sent it. I must tell you: it was tremendously helpful to me. I particularly liked the fact that you explained the statistics in an intuitive and easy-to-grasp way, and that you gave all the relevant figures. Speaking as a philosopher of psychology, it was good that you mostly put things in terms of frequencies—this is the way that human beings can best think about this sort of information. Well done!

    Fiona Cowie, Associate Professor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology

  • Dr. John Boyages is an innovator amongst his peers; he is unafraid to address the unique and sensitive issues that many breast cancer survivors are facing on a day to day basis. Concerns about quality of life, fertility preservation, sexual health and wellness, and menopause are often neglected in the comprehensive care of the cancer patient. Yet Dr. Boyages addresses these concerns with compassion and medical accuracy. The book provides clear, understandable solutions that put the reader at ease. It is an excellent resource for patients and caregivers and a first-rate addition to the oncology, sexual medicine, and cancer survivorship fields.

    Michael L. Krychman, MD, Medical Director of Sexual Medicine Hoag Hospital; Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine; Associate Clinical Professor University of Southern California

  • John Boyages is one of those few oncologists who understands all aspects of breast cancer. He is a doctor's doctor who treats many doctors and their families. This is a must-read, not only for women with breast cancer but also for oncology trainees, nurses, and general practitioners.

    Richard Kefford, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical Oncologist, Westmead Hospital and Director of the Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (WICR) University of Sydney Department of Medicine, Westmead Hospital

  • John Boyages is absolutely right: women do remember the first three months after initial diagnosis of breast cancer as the most confusing and frightening. I did. This is the first book to acknowledge and address that, and it is most welcome. This comprehensive yet personal guide will help women to feel that they can handle their [treatment] decisions because it gives them the information they need at the right time, and in one place.

    Sally Crossing, AM, Founding Chair, Breast Cancer Action Group NSW

  • An easy read for a layperson without a medical background - insightful and informative.

    Michelle Hanton OAM, Founder Dragons Abreast Australia

  • Nobody wants to hear the words “You have cancer.” But Professor John Boyages has helped many women not just survive but thrive after the heartbreak of a breast cancer diagnosis. John is a leader in multidisciplinary care and sees patients from all over the world. Apart from his clinical work, he is also a passionate advocate for breast cancer education, and whenever journalists need help with a breast cancer story, he responds promptly and always in plain English, without medical gobbledygook! John has won several awards for services to medicine and the media, and the tips in this book are a must-read for anyone on the breast cancer journey.

    Jane Worthington, Health reporter, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest HealthSmart and The Sunday Telegraph

  • It has been a great privilege to read through this book, and John Boyages is to be congratulated on the quality and scope of the manuscript. I particularly liked the use of the first person—the tone was just right and it really felt as though he was talking the reader through their diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. This will be an invaluable resource to women with breast cancer and I imagine that they will refer back to it many times during their course of treatment.

    Elizabeth Salisbury MD, Conjoint Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital

  • I found your book very easy to read. In fact, I read it in a day. It was just as if you were talking with me in person. I really felt the book expressed your genuineness and concern in wanting to help women with breast cancer. The book also helped me to understand what had happened in my life when I was told I had breast cancer. I wish I'd had a copy when I was first diagnosed.

    Laraine Dick

  • “The results from the biopsy are back, and I’m afraid you have breast cancer.” How many countless of thousands of women have heard these words over the last several decades and felt the bottom drop out of their lives? For many, these words were taken as a death sentence-and certainly for all they have meant the beginning of an often painful series of treatments and a long and arduous journey to recovery. Arguably breast cancer has adversely touched more patients and their families than any other malignancy, due to its common incidence, its occurrence in so many younger women with families and loved ones who depend on them, and the necessity of treatments that affect fundamental issues of femininity, sexuality, and cosmetics. Yet, there is good news. Over the last 30 years, statistics from most of the developed countries have demonstrated that in spite of increasing incidence of the disease, the overall mortality has dropped dramatically, due to screening, early detection, and better treatments, especially if applied in the adjuvant setting. Furthermore, medical advances have led to less disfiguring surgery and less toxic radiation and systemic therapies. These exciting results are accompanied by the compelling need for a patient and her family to work themselves through a complicated maze of treatment options and strategies. They also raise important issues regarding how to deal with entirely new and, for most women, unfamiliar strategies to get the best treatment possible while minimizing side effects and long term toxicities. In this book, Dr. John Boyages brings his considerable experiences and skills, obtained during his training and clinical practice, which has been devoted to the care and study of breast cancer. His efforts have been spread over nearly three decades and two continents, and in this volume he now provides a personal approach to the diagnosis and care of a woman with breast cancer. There are many books on the lay market for a patient with breast cancer. However, few are written with such a folksy and sympathetic approach as this one. I have had the wonderful opportunity to observe Dr. Boyages’ career unfold, and I am not surprised by the quality of this resource. He has always been a great doctor, taking a “what if you were my family member” approach-and this spirit shines throughout this book. Perhaps the greatest compliment one doctor can have for another is that “He (or she) is the one I’d have take care of me.” I’d be pleased to have John take care of any member of my own family, and if they had breast cancer, I’d certainly recommend that they read this book-and, so, I recommend it to you as well!

    Daniel F. Hayes, MD, Stuart A. Padnos Professor of Breast Cancer Research, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor