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From an expert in the field comes the definitive guide to managing breast cancer in the information age - a comprehensive resource for diagnosis, treatment, and peace of mind. The breast cancer cure rate is at an all-time high, and so is the information, to say nothing of the misinformation, available to patients and their families. Online searches can lead to unreliable sources, leaving even the most resilient patient feeling uneasy and uncertain about her diagnosis, treatment options, doctors, side effects, and recovery. Adding to a patient's anxiety is input from well-meaning friends and family, with stories, worries, and opinions to share, sometimes without knowing the details of her particular case, when in reality breast cancer treatment has gone well beyond a "one size fits all" approach.

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Dr. Elisa Port

Elisa Port, MD, is chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and director of the Dubin Breast Center, a state-of-the-art breast center in Manhattan that opened in April 2011. She sees and consults with approximately two thousand patients and performs between four hundred to five hundred surgeries a year. Regularly quoted in the print and electronic media - including NPR, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Martha Stewart radio, Vogue, Businessweek, and Redbook - Dr. Port has also appeared on Today, The Early Show, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, and NBC news. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two children.

Dr. port says this about her decision to write The New Generation Breast Cancer Book:
"In this age of information overload, patients come to me all the time with print-outs of articles they've found on the Internet, covered with Post-It notes and highlighted passages. When a woman is with me in my office, I go through all of it with her and usually I'm saying, This doesn't apply to you, that doesn't apply to you, that doesn't apply to you either. These women turn around and ask, What should I read then? And where should I be getting information?

I realized that there wasn't a book or a source to refer them to. There was a need for a guidebook for women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer who are inundated with information - but who want to get their facts straight, and hopefully come through with their optimism intact. I knew I couldn't (and had no intention of) writing a book to counsel each individual woman on her particular case, but I thought I might be able to consolidate the best information and create a roadmap for how to navigate the process and provide guidance on how to get the best information and treatment. The book is insider's advice on how to get through it."

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