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Taking Charge of Breast Cancer

ISBN-10: 0520252926

ISBN-13: 9780520252929

Edition: 2008

Authors: Julia A. Ericksen

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Vividly showcasing diverse voices and experiences, this rich work illuminates an all-too-common experience by exploring how women respond to a diagnosis of breast cancer. Drawing from 96 interviews in which women describe their journeys from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, Julia A. Ericksen explores topics ranging from women's trust in their doctors to their feelings about appearance and sexuality. She includes the experiences of women who do not put their faith in biomedicine as well as those who do, and she takes a look at the long-term consequences of this disease on women's lives. What emerges from her powerful and often moving account is a compelling picture of how cultural messages about breast cancer shape women's ideas about their illness, how breast cancer affects their relationships with friends and family, why some of them become activists, and more. Ericksen, herself a breast cancer survivor, has written an accessible book that reveals much about the ways in which we narrate our illnesses and much about how these narratives shape the paths we travel once diagnosed.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Julia A. Ericksen is Professor of Sociology at Temple University and author of Kiss and Tell: Surveying Sex in the Twentieth Century and Taking Charge of Breast Cancer .

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Telling Stories
Following the Doctors' Orders
Patients and Doctors as Partners
Faith in the Ultimate Authority
Opposing the Mainstream
The Assault on the Breast
Bodies after Cancer
Breast Cancer Activism, Education, and Support
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index