The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer
Janet Maker, author
The book is a first-person account of my struggle to get the information I needed about all my treatment options, the statistical outcomes, and all the side effects, so I could make informed decisions. The personal became political as I encountered the cancer establishment with its one-size-fits-all standard of care, the corporations responsible for the carcinogens in the environment, research funded by the corporations, legislators who rely on corporate contributions to keep their jobs, and the cancer charities that take corporate money in return for pinkwashing. The story of my self-education will be relevant to all breast cancer patients and to their families; and it can also help the millions of people touched directly and indirectly by cancer. Readers might make different choices than I did, but the book will help them to make the decisions that they consider best for themselves and their loved ones.