Easy-to-read, compassionate guide to Inflammatory Breast Cancer



  • Compassionate guide for suffers of rare cancer.
  • First book on the subject.
  • Easy to read, serious issues treated with humour.
ISBN: 9781848290396
Pub Date: August 2010
Format: paperback
Extent: 144 pages
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is a highly aggressive and thankfully rare type of breast cancer, which is not yet widely recognised both by the public and the medical profession.

When a patient presents to her GP, there is often a misdiagnosis in the first instance. This is because the symptoms include swelling, redness and heat in the breast, but often no discernible lump. Consequently the condition may be only diagnosed as a less serious dermatological problem.

The author is herself a survivor of breast cancer and can therefore write with expert knowledge and experience. She discusses with compassion, insight and humour everything a person ought to know about IBC –

initial fearsdiagnosis – treatmentoperation – post-op care. She discusses the different forms of treatment, and also the side issues – where to find support from carers and friends, what to eat, how/where to go on holiday, etc.

A valuable resource of information both for the patient and the professionals involved.

Of course the book also tackles the scientific and medical issues and the various drugs used in the treatment, but Verite writes throughout in a clear, simple style that enables easy understanding of the more complex details.

There are many books on breast cancer, but this is the first to specifically discuss inflammatory breast cancer. It is a guide book that will be immensely valuable to IBC sufferers, their carers, family and friends, and to GPs and oncologists around the world.

CONTENTS; 1. Introduction 2. What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer? 3. Diagnosis 4. Help – what should I ask doctors and nurses? 5. Where do I find sensible website info? 6. Operation 7. After your op – returning home 8. Treatment after the operation 9. How will I feel? 10. Chemotherapy 11. Radiotherapy 12. Hormonal drugs 13. Handling side effects from chemo and hormonal drugs 14. Complimentary and alternative therapies 15. Why have massage? 16. Now I want to know – where to find help 18. Carers and friends – how they can help 19. Food, weight gain/loss, what can I eat 20. Take a holiday – but where/how? 21. Doctors are humans – how to deal with them 22. Having fun – where to go for information on what’s good 23. The help minefield 24. Regaining my life – and handling change 25. Contacts, organisation, charities, international agencies and other helpful people 26. Index
This is what the publishers say – I say that this book should be issued with a health warning, as I AM NOT MEDICALLY QUALIFIED.

But I wrote the book from the heart, trying to tell readers what they MIGHT expect, so that treatment didn’t come as a shock.  But also, where I could, suggesting ideas and products that myself and others had employed, to try and make the treatment experience easier.

When I was treated, I found that the Internet was incredibly helpful – so I have tried to include as many approved web addresses as possible, to make it easier to find things out.  Readers can use the book as a ‘shopping list’ of contact information.

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3 thoughts on “Easy-to-read, compassionate guide to Inflammatory Breast Cancer

  1. Barbara Thompson December 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia is a survivor group located in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. We serve one of the largest urban centres in the province. At our resource centre we have a library for patients and their supporters. We are also preparing for a provincial library project; selecting and purchasing books.

    Would you consider donating a review copy of your new book? We will publish a review of the book on our Atlantic Breast Cancer Net site http://www.abcn.ca

    If so, our address is:
    Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia
    Mill Cove Plaza, 967 Bedford Highway, Suite 205
    Bedford, NS B4A 1A9

    Much thanks,
    Barb Thompson
    Breast Cancer Action NS

    • Verite Reily Collins December 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm Reply

      Would be deligted if you reviewed my book, and do tell your members that if they have additions etc. for next issue to let me know.
      I have passed on your request, and asked the publishers to send it to you directly. Verite

  2. Melanie O'Neill August 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Melanie O’Neillposted toVerité Reily Collins
    I am in the middle of reading your book. I cannot put it down. It’s factual without being scary. Just what I needed. You are amazing to write so honestly and from the heart and still be non threatening . You are talent . Much respect and love. Mel xx

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