John Anderson, author of Stand By Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men watched his mother, Anne, die from breast cancer. Then, he watched his mother’s best friend Caryl, his sister Mary, and his wife, Sharon, battle breast cancer and survive. From these four extraordinary women, Anderson learned how breast cancer affects men and what men can do when women in their lives become its victims. After his wife reached her five-year cancer-free milestone, he decided to write a comprehensive reference and compass for husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and other caring men.
STAND BY HER is a step-by-step program targeted to men who want to become invaluable breast cancer caregivers to their loved ones, while at the same time helping them address and overcome their own personal fears, frustrations and anxieties caused by this disease. Combining anecdotes from his own and others’ secondhand experiences of breast cancer with extensive research and abundant resources, Anderson provides information, strategies and guidance on countless medical and emotional minefields men face, every day. Beginning with the challenge of interpreting and handling the initial diagnosis, he clearly explains the range of breast cancer treatments—from lumpectomy and chemotherapy to double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.