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September 21, 2006 17:31 ET

Quality-of-Life Solutions for Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast Cancer Survivor Writes Book to Help Patients Understand the Ins and Outs of Their Medical Journey

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 21, 2006 -- For nearly twenty years the month of October has symbolized breast cancer awareness. Women and men of all ages and backgrounds reach out to share stories of triumph and loss. It's also a time to help people become more educated on detecting the disease in its earliest stages.

Breast cancer brings about a whirlwind of physical as well as emotional changes in a person. With these changes come many questions, but when these questions aren't about medical issues, where does one turn for answers? Patients often look to their doctors, but what they really long for are answers from someone who knows what they are experiencing inside and out -- someone who has walked in their shoes.

"As so many people are diagnosed with breast cancer in America, there are a lot of questions to be answered, and many don't have someone to ask," says Judy King, author of "Breast Cancer Answers: Empowering and Encouraging Patients and Their Caregivers." "We all try to be brave after the diagnosis. We don't want to bother our physicians with the 'little' things like what kind of wig is best, what to do about reduced libido, or whether telling our boss about the diagnosis will affect our insurance rates. And more importantly, many of us don't know what questions to ask when first diagnosed. Doctors and their staff are often too familiar with cancer to know what a new patient needs to know. As a result many patients stew or suffer needlessly when solutions are available."

"Breast Cancer Answers" compiles the wisdom and solutions of hundreds of breast cancer survivors to help patients get through each day as comfortably as possible. It is an easy-to-search reference book that provides tips such as relieving dry mouth, how to handle problems with insurance companies, and some of the things we often take for granted like drawing eyebrows when chemotherapy takes them away. "Not only is this a resource for a person living through breast cancer, but it's also a guide for friends and family to understand what their loved one is experiencing," says King.

King was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and quickly became educated about the disease. She compiled her questions and answers from friends, fellow patients and research and put it all into a concise reference book, one she wishes she had when going through treatment. The book covers insurance, diet, workplace issues, appearance, emotions, relationships, side effects, treatments, research on risk factors, the medical maze, life after treatment, and much more.

For a review copy of "Breast Cancer Answers" by Judy King or to set up an interview with the author, please contact Laura Bianco at or at 727-443-7115, ext. 204

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