Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond
Breast Cancer Husband fills a gap in breast 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.”
In Silver’s reporting, he found that many men feel overwhelmed and frustrated when the news of a diagnosis comes. The typical male reaction: He was to “fix it.” Of course, no husband can “fix” breast cancer.
But that doesn’t mean that a man is powerless. In fact, newly published studies show that the support of a loved one can be critical when it comes to coping with the stress of treatments-and may even improve a patient’s survival odds. The problem is, the man typically hasn’t a clue how to be a good caregiver. And his instincts may lead him in the wrong direction.