After the Cure

After the Cure

The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

eBook - 2008
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New York Univ Pr

2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

2009 Association of American University Presses Award for Jacket Design

Chemo brain. Fatigue. Chronic pain. Insomnia. Depression. These are just a few of the ongoing, debilitating symptoms that plague some breast-cancer survivors long after their treatments have officially ended. While there are hundreds of books about breast cancer, ranging from practical medical advice to inspirational stories of survivors, what has been missing until now is testimony from the thousands of women who continue to struggle with persistent health problems.

After the Cure is a compelling read filled with fascinating portraits of more than seventy women who are living with the aftermath of breast cancer. Emily K. Abel is one of these women. She and her colleague, Saskia K. Subramanian, whose mother died of cancer, interviewed more than seventy breast cancer survivors who have suffered from post-treatment symptoms. Having heard repeatedly that “the problems are all in your head,” many don't know where to turn for help. The doctors who now refuse to validate their symptoms are often the very ones they depended on to provide life-saving treatments. Sometimes family members who provided essential support through months of chemotherapy and radiation don't believe them. Their work lives, already disrupted by both cancer and its treatment, are further undermined by the lingering symptoms. And every symptom serves as a constant reminder of the trauma of diagnosis, the ordeal of treatment, and the specter of recurrence.


Most narratives about surviving breast cancer end with the conclusion of chemotherapy and radiation, painting stereotypical portraits of triumphantly healthy survivors, women who not only survive but emerge better and stronger than before. Here, at last, survivors step out of the shadows and speak compellingly about their “real” stories, giving voice to the complicated, often painful realities of life after the cure.


This book received funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, Ă2008
ISBN: 9780814707777
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 183 pages)
Additional Contributors: Subramanian, Saskia Karen


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Aug 17, 2015

I actually found this book depressing and I did not finish it.

Jun 19, 2015

Excellent book! it talks about things that is rarely mentioned or talked about! Too often, the Cancer Survivors, after chemo and radiation, feel that they are Not allowed to comment or have any more health issues! After all, they are supposed to be cured and ought to be grateful to be alive and cancer free! Yet, there are health issues caused by the Chemo and/or Radiation, and these issues and symptoms can be considerable and even cause other cancers!! Also, these symptoms can last months, years or longer!
This Book deals with these aspects and shares biographical info of some of these Cancer Survivors, who courageously speak of the unspeakable!
I highly recommend this book, as a really worth a read and attention!

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