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Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, 6th Edition – A Review & Giveaway

Update:  This giveaway opportunity has ended.

Recently, I was asked to review Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, Fully Updated & Revised Sixth Edition, authored by Susan M. Love, MD with Karen Lindsey and Elizabeth Love. Illustrations by Marcia Williams. Published as a Merloyd Lawrence Book by Da Capo Press, 2015. 690 pages.

This review is not a paid review. I always like to be upfront about that, although of course, paid or not, you always get my honest opinions when I review stuff.

Where did you turn for information when you or your loved one was first diagnosed?

Did you go online immediately?

Did you head to the bookstore or library?

Or did you just stick to your doctor and his/her advice?

After my mother’s diagnosis and again after mine, the first place I went online was Following my diagnosis, the first book, or one of them anyway, I purchased was Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book. It’s now in its sixth edition, something I personally appreciate because, of course, things are always changing in the world of breast cancer, as far as information goes anyway. So keeping a book such as this up-to-date is very important.

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book is often referred to as the breast cancer patient’s bible and btw, I still have the Bible I was given as a preteen on my bookshelf and Dr. Love’s “bible” takes up way more space! It’s quite thick.

The thing I like best about Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book is that it’s set up so you can find things quickly and easily, something the newly, and not so newly diagnosed patient definitely appreciates. I also love the appendices at the back of the book, which are loaded with more resource information.

The new edition is divided into seven parts:  Part One – “The Healthy Breast and Common Problems,” Part Two – “What Causes Breast Cancer and How Do We Prevent It?,” Part Three – “Finding Breast Cancer,” Part Four – “Decisions,” Part Five – “Treatment In the Age of Personalized Medicine,” Part Six – “After Treatment” and Part Seven, “Recurrence of Breast Cancer.”

In particular, I appreciate the addition of chapter 18, “After Breast Cancer Treatment:  Living with Collateral Damage.” Kudos to Dr. Love for going directly to patients when gathering information for this chapter.

As most of us know all too well, this is an area of survivorship that definitely needs further attention.

This book is jam-packed, full of well laid out, easy to understand, comprehensive, sound information. As a patient, and as a blogger as well, I have turned to this book countless time to check on something I was wondering about.

Other topics included in this new edition are:

  • How the long-term effects of chemo, radiation and other treatments can be prevented or lessened
  • How younger survivors can maintain their fertility post-treatment
  • The various genetic tests available to pinpoint the exact type of breast cancer and tailor treatments to it
  • Studies revealing new links to diet, exercise and environmental exposures
  • Research on whether there is a viral or bacterial connection to breast cancer       
  • The questions patients can ask or the results that they might expect from new techniques like 3D mammography, whole breast  ultrasound and  MRI’s  
  • Screening controversies
  • What women need to know about dense breasts

For an accurate, comprehensive and easy to understand resource that covers just about every aspect of the breast cancer experience, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, is still the preeminent source to turn to for information delivered with Dr. Love’s reassuring and compassionate tone.

If you would like to win a copy of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, simply leave a comment below stating your interest by 5 pm CDT on September 21st and you’re entered in the blog giveaway. Newsletter subscribers are eligible for a separate drawing, as explained in my last newsletter. I’ll be randomly picking two winners for each. Winners will be announced here on this post shortly after the drawings. 

Note: This drawing requires a US or Canada mailing address to win.This is a publisher’s requirement, not mine. My apologies for forgetting to mention this initially.

Thank you for participating!

The winners of my newsletter drawing were Beth and Patricia. The winners of my blog drawing were Kathy and Laura. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who participated!

Where did you first turn for information following your diagnosis, or your loved one’s diagnosis?

Would you like to enter this giveaway? If so, just leave a comment stating so by the deadline and you’re in.

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Monday 21st of September 2015

I'm glad the book has been updated as over the years I've found numerous areas that, in my opinion, did women a disservice. I'm looking forward to reading the new edition. Winning a copy would be fabulous. Otherwise, I'll be on the wait list at the library for the next year!

Kelly Bragg

Monday 21st of September 2015

I read Dr. Love’s book after my surgery, and wish I had found it sooner. I would LOVE to have a copy for my very own, as I cannot afford to purchase one. I'll be paying for my medical bills for the next 10 years - literally!


Saturday 19th of September 2015

i cannot believe I have not read this. She is a wealth of information and I would love to read it. I believe that empowerment always begins with knowledge. I want to win this! By the way I love your blog Nancy. It it always thoughtful.

Elsie Thomas

Friday 18th of September 2015

One more Taxol to go....4 rounds A/C...4 rounds Taxol.....ultrasound on 10/6....then surgery...radiation...would love a copy of your book....

Janet Juarez

Friday 18th of September 2015

Dear Nancy, I am interested so much in this book give away because I need all the information I can get. I have Stage111C Inflammatory breast cancer. I was finally diagnosed, and I say "finally" not that I was hoping for cancer but, after two months of all different kinds of antibiotics, even a stay in the hospital on January 1, 2014, no doctor could tell me what I had, maybe an infection, cellulitis, etc. Suffice it to say none of the antibiotics worked, duh! Well on February 6, 2014 a Dr. Wen Long who was supposed to operate on my hiatal hernia, looked at my still inflamed, red and painful right breast, and said "I hope this isn't what I suspect, I am also a breast expert." The next day I went for a MRI of right breast and biopsy soon after and lo and behold, he was right. After being dosed up with about fifteen different antibiotics, I started my battle against this hideous disease. I have to stop writing for now because my right upper back is in a lot of burning stinging pain, just like before I was diagnosed. Dr. Love's book sounds great and May God bless us Everyone.

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