By: Marc Silver
Published by: Rodale Inc.
ISBN #: 1-57954-833-4
When Marc Silver’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, he was far from a perfect caregiver. He wished he had a book to help him face the challenges ahead. Drawing upon his skills as a consumer journalist at U.S. News & World Report, he wrote “Breast Cancer Husband”.
His book fills a gap in breast cancer literature. It is the first comprehensive book to address the role and the needs of husbands, fiancés, and boyfriends. This invaluable guide offers critical information from prominent health-care professionals and from over 100 couples who have fought breast cancer together. The book covers everything from how to help your wife sort through her surgical options to what to say when she says, “Cancer sucks.” (Hint: trying to cheer her up isn’t always the right response. Better to follow the breast cancer husband’s motto: “Shut up and listen.”)
The book tackles head-on topics that doctors sometimes shy away from: sex and death. In chapters on metastatic disease and on dying, Silver introduces brave women and men who share their experiences, and interviews mental health experts who provide insights into the art of living under the shadow of death. These couples have survived breast cancer with tears and with laughter.