Emotional Support Through Breast Cancer

The Alternative Handbook
Author: Dr Cordelia Galgut
* Highly Commended in the Popular Medicine category BMA Books Awards 2014 *
Other publications

The Psychological Impact of Breast Cancer: A Psychologist’s Insights as a Patient
£14.99, Radcliffe Publishing, 2010

Also available through Amazon


What is it like to experience breast cancer? This book presents rare and valuable insights into the impact of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis from a woman who has experienced breast cancer as both patient and as health professional. It informs and educates readers about the psychological realities of living with breast cancer, of treatments such as surgery and radiotherapy, and the impact of social and historical attitudes to the breast and breast cancer on a woman's experience of the disease. The conflicts Cordelia Galgut experienced between conventional wisdom and her own first-hand experience are explored vividly and reflectively. The Psychological Impact of Breast Cancer is vital reading for medical and mental health professionals and trainees working with breast cancer patients, and for those who are affected by or have an interest in the condition.


'This book has helped me understand the complexities that my patients present and has turned me into a better doctor. It has eased my way along the road that I now travel as a cancer survivor.' - Dr Cathy Roberts in her Foreword


'The aim of this book, and the way forward, is to understand that we must all be more sensitive to the feelings of patients and to the suffering, uncertainty and sense of vulnerability that this disease imposes upon them.' - Dr Carmel Coulter in her Foreword


Here are some reviews of this book:




Cancer Nursing Practice




MJA (Medical Journalists' Association) Newsletter


Therapy Today


Breast Cancer Care Newsblog


Against Breast Cancer


Dr Matthew Buckland


RCN (Royal College of Nursing)




Private Practice


Publications: a selection of articles


BMJ Blogs


Frost Magazine - Why I Wrote Emotional Support Through Breast Cancer


Goodhousekeeping.co.uk - Breast Cancer The Emotional Fall Out


Theguardian.com - Effects Treatment Endure Cancer


On being a client through breast cancer - Private Practice May 2014


Trauma: challenging the myths
This article was first published in Private Practice (Winter 2012) which is the quarterly professional journal for counsellors and psychotherapists working independently, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. © British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Working through breast cancer:
This article was first published in Therapy Today(December 2006, volume 17, issue 10), which is the official journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. © British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Is it coming back? Living on a knife edge after breast cancer  Breast Cancer Care News, Winter 2007/08:5


On being a patient  Private Practice, AIP Journal, 2011, Winter: 8-1


The psychological impact of breast cancer assessed: the testimony of a psychotherapist and breast cancer sufferer  Self and Society, (Journal of the Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain) 2007, 35 (1): 5-19


The long term effects of treatment for breast cancer  HCPJ, 2012, 12 (1): 31-35




Greenwich Mercury - It's normal to feel terrified of cancer five years on ...

Discussion Roundup


The Guardian - what is the emotional impact of cancer? Discussion Roundup

For information about more articles I've written, please follow the link to my counselling website.

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