Friday, February 12, 2016

A Cancer in the Family Review

I often get contacted to review books, clothing, jewelry, and other items on the blog. Most often, I decline the offer as many items don’t quite fit the blog and/or my interest, or I just simply don’t have time to do a review.

When I was contacted to review A Cancer in the Family by Theodora Ross, M.D., Ph.D. that was not the case. My interest was immediately piqued as there is cancer in my family, not just one cancer type, but many.


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And I’m very glad that I read the book because Dr. Ross very calmly yet comprehensively discusses cancer that is caused by genetic mutation based on her own family history. To be honest, before I started reading the book, I was worried it would make me more anxious. But that was not the case. Instead, I started to feel empowered because I was finally thinking about the “elephant in the room.” And in the end, I came away with a wealth of useful information.

Throughout the book, Dr. Ross makes the point that knowing is better than not knowing, and knowledge allows us to make informed decisions. She also discusses what mutations need to be dealt with immediately and which are not as much a worry. The discussion of what clusters of cancers “go together” and are possible warning signs of mutations are very helpful, as is the discussion of how a good genetics counselor can help decide which tests are right for each patient (there are so many tests, that you can’t be tested for everything). The book is a good reminder of the importance of getting as much of a family cancer history as possible. Dr. Ross also points out that family secrets and incomplete information are very common when it comes to family health histories - a very useful reminder.

If there is a lot of cancer in your family and you are wondering if it may be caused by a genetic mutation, I think A Cancer in the Family  is a very good book to read. Dr. Ross provides a wealth of useful information and communicates it in a way I wish all doctors communicated difficult material to their patients.

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclosures: I was provided with a free review copy of A Cancer in the Family . As always, all opinions are my own. Links in this post are affiliate links.]

12 comments:

  1. What a great book! Our family too has been touched my cancer and it still makes me want to scream "Unfair!!" This is a horrible diagnosis for all involved and maybe reads like this can help with the journey!!

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    1. Yes, it really is. The bottom line is that knowing is better than not knowing so that you can make the best possible decision.

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  2. It s good that there are books like this one. Doctors normally(in The Netherlands)dont tell you so much!

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    1. Yes, it's hard to find a doctor to give you a lot of information in an objective way. I think it's hard because doctors usually don't have a lot of time and may not have all the necessary information during an appointment...

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  3. We've dealt with several cases of cancer in our family over the years and it's such an awful disease. This sounds like an informative and interesting read. Thank you for sharing!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Yes, it's an awful disease that affects so many... I'm glad that Dr. Ross provides so much information.

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  4. Thanks for your review. Now that I've done my 23nMe DNA testing, this topic is near and dear to my heart. Getting correct information and knowing our risks, then what to do is valuable.

    Thanks for sharing your review

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    1. Yes, asking the right questions and getting the right tests is so important.

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  5. Cancer in this family. Thank you for the review Andrea!!!

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  6. This sounds like a very interesting and insightful book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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    1. Thanks, Beth. It is a very good book to read if you are interested in cancer.

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