The Cancer Sourcebook for Women – 2nd Edition

Reviewed by:


K Bellenir (ed)
Published by Omnigraphics (2002)
ISBN 0-7808-0226-8. 2002. 560 pages plus index.
RRP: US$78.00

The Cancer Sourcebook for Women is part of the American Health Reference Series, which provides basic consumer health information for the general community. As a reference source of general information about specific cancers occurring in women it is informative and comprehensive. It offers practical advice in easy-to-read language for the consumer. The book is also suitable for public libraries, academic libraries serving health sciences programs, and medical libraries with community outreach services.

Material in this book has been collected from a wide range of government agencies, professional associations, and periodicals, so the writing styles are quite different in each section. As it is primarily a reference book this does not matter, as it is most likely that readers would search for specific information, and not read the book in its entirety.

The new edition of The Cancer Sourcebook for Women provides updated information on the types of cancer that occur in women. It includes general information and statistics, and descriptions of specific types of cancer. Tips for screening and prevention are given, along with the latest research findings. The book includes a section on treatments and coping strategies, plus an extensive list of organisational resources for help and information.

A chapter on breast cancer is included, however readers are advised that the subject is treated in greater depth in a separate volume, The Breast Cancer Sourcebook, which is part of the same series.

The book’s 73 chapters are arranged in 10 parts:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Other gynaecologic cancers and related concerns
  • Cancer screening and prevention
  • Treatment options
  • Recent research and clinical trials
  • Coping strategies

Additional help and information includes a glossary of cancer terms, a directory of resources available in the United States, useful websites and a comprehensive index

Information about risk factors, screening methods for early detection, symptoms, diagnostic tests and current treatment options for cervical, endometrial, ovarian and other female cancers is provided. Specific concerns about related gynaecological issues such as fertility after cancer treatment are also addressed.

Complementary and alternative therapies are explained, and consumers are advised that if they are considering these therapies then they need to discuss this decision with their doctor or a nurse, as they would any other therapeutic approach. A useful list of suggested questions to ask their health practitioner is included.

Overall, the information is excellent, and complex topics are clearly explained. As a reference book for the consumer it is a valuable resource to assist them to make informed decisions about cancer and its treatments.

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