Teresa Heinz Kerry, it has been announced, is being treated for breast cancer. Here are some books that might be helpful in sorting out a course of action if you too, or someone you know, is battling breast cancer:
"Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment: Medical Specialists and Cancer Survivors Tell You What You Need to Know", Kenneth D. Miller, M.D. (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
Each chapter is written by a different medical specialist or cancer survivor, and will give you a full understanding of the options available in breast cancer treatment.
"I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Women Talk Openly About Love and Sex, Hair Loss and Weight Gain, Mothers and Daughters, and Being a Woman with Breast Cancer", Ruth Peltason
Based in part on discussions among women with breast cancer on Peltason's website, First Person Plural, this book can act as a sort of support group.
"Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors", Barbara Delinsky
These tips from novelist Barbara Delinsky and other breast cancer survivors "have nothing to do with doctors, machines or drugs and everything to do with women helping women."
"Breast Cancer Survival Manual, Fourth Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Woman With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer", John Link
This book offers the basics for the newly-diagnosed, from the options available to checklists with questions to be sure to ask your doctor.
"Just Get Me Through This!: The Practical Guide to Breast Cancer", Deborah A. Cohen and M.D., Robert M. Gelfand
A breast cancer guide that somehow manages to be fun at the same time as helpful and informative.
Five Lessons I Didn't Learn From Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did), Shelley Lewis
For those who don't necessarily subscribe to the idea that breast cancer can bring them new knowledge of the meaning of life.
"The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan" , Carolyn M. Kaelin, Francesca Coltrera, Josie Gardiner, and Joy Prouty (Harvard Medical School Guides)
Workout plans specifically for breast cancer survivors to help you feel fit again.