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Staying Alive: A Family Memoir

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7413.508-a (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:508
  1. Audrey Ardern Jones (Audrey.Ardern-Jones@rmh.nthames.nhs.uk), clinical nurse specialist in cancer genetics
  1. Royal Marsden Hospital, London

    This is a very brave book, and a good read for professionals caring for families with a high risk of breast cancer. This intimate family story explores the dynamics of a cancer (or precancer) diagnosis in not just one beloved relative but five women in a family: the author–who was found to have many individual primary sites of carcinoma in situ after prophylactic surgery–her mother, two aunts, and a cousin.


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    Janet Reibstein

    Bloomsbury, £9.99, pp 252

    ISBN 0747555931

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