Emotional Support Through Breast Cancer

The Alternative Handbook
Author: Dr Cordelia Galgut

* Highly Commended in the Popular Medicine category BMA Books Awards 2014 *

"It's fantastic that it's written by a psychologist who is able to use her own experiences. The list of do's and don'ts is very useful. The poem is thought-provoking. The 'dip in and out' facility widens the potential audience. It makes excellent use of personal quotes."



*** Listed in Top Ten Books to read when you're going through breast cancer ***



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Cordelia writes here about the long term effects of cancer.
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Below is a clip of a session I did for the organisation Onlinevents via Skype on 10th January 2016. The event was called Exploring Unspoken Issues in Breast Cancer Support. During this clip I read a poem I had written and use in the handbook.



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Published by Radcliffe Health


Dame Jenni Murray
It’s rare to find a professional in the field of healthcare who understands the psychology of such a frightening experience and who has been through it herself.


Frost Magazine 03 12 13
Emotional Support through Breast Cancer has had glowing reviews and it is easy to see why. It has the tone of a good friend and the wisdom of a healthcare professional


Lindsay Nicholson – Editor, Good Housekeeping
Tells the unspoken truth about what having breast cancer is really like.


Rosa Lopez, diagnosed 2012
The truth on every page of this book is unlike any other book or material I had read about cancer. For the first time I realised that the way breast cancer had affected me was not unique. I was not crazy or even abnormal to feel the way I did… It should be available to every woman, to every friend, to everyone who cares. And it should be compulsory reading for every health professional who come in contact with cancer patients.


Joy Ogden - Medical journalist and author of Understanding Breast Cancer (Wiley 2004), diagnosed 2002
I urge everyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer – or who wants to understand what to say or do to help someone they know – to read this book… It’s eleven years since my own first-hand experience and this book’s suggestions are hugely helpful and relevant to me still.


Louise Davies, diagnosed in 2011
I thoroughly recommend this book for breast cancer patients. It is easy to read, and can be read at any stage of a patient’s cancer journey. I would like to thank Dr Galgut for writing this unique and wonderful book and for helping so many people.


Mabel Robin, diagnosed 2011
I have reviewed many books on cancer and this book is the best one so far. I would recommend this book to be available to all breast cancer patients after they have been diagnosed. Sometimes it's difficult to know when/ what information should be given to patients I would have loved to have be given this book in my pack from my Specialist nurse after my surgery and before my radio therapy.


Jacqueline Haskell, breast cancer survivor
If I could only buy one book to help me out of all those I have reviewed, this would be it.


Dr Carmel Coulter, oncologist  

This book will help you to understand your emotions and cope with them.

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