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No Longer Radical

Understanding Mastectomies and Choosing the Breast Cancer Care That's Right For You



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About The Book

A life-saving and empowering guide to understanding breast cancer detection, prevention, and treatment options, from two top doctors in the field—Rachel Brem, a breast radiologist, and Christy Teal, a breast surgeon—who have also made the personal decisions to have mastectomies.

No Longer Radical is an essential read for everyone whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Leaders in the field of breast cancer treatment at George Washington University—Dr. Rachel Brem is director of breast imaging and Dr. Christy Teal is the surgical director of the breast care center—have created a life-saving guide for detecting, preventing, and treating this devastating disease. No Longer Radical puts control of your healthcare into your own hands. The book covers essential topics that women must be prepared to think about when their medical history puts them at risk for breast cancer, including:
-Deciding whether mastectomy is right for you
-Evaluating treatment options for every age
-Understanding what recovery really looks like
-What it means to take control of cancer care

It is exceptional to have two women with their decades of professional expertise who have both been in the shoes of the patient—both women have a family history of breast cancer, with Dr. Brem having undergone treatment and Dr. Teal having preventative mastectomies. Written for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, received treatment, or have a history of breast cancer in the family, this invaluable book is the first of its kind to put knowledge and power in the hands of the patient.

About The Authors

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Dr. Rachel Brem is an internationally known breast cancer expert who has been instrumental in developing and implementing new technologies to improve breast cancer detection. She is also deeply motivated to eliminate health care disparities. She is on the Board of Directors of industry-leading companies including Delphinus Technologies, Dilon Technologies, and Screenpoint Medical. She is Professor and Director of Breast Imaging and Intervention at the George Washington University, Vice Chairman of the Department of Radiology, and Chief Medical Advisor and Cofounder of the Brem Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging and is the recipient of many awards, including Newsweek’s Best Cancer Doctors, Castle Connely Best Doctors and Best Cancer Doctors in the United States.

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Dr. Christy Teal is the Director of the Breast Care Center and Chief of Breast Surgery for The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, as well as an Associate Professor of Surgery. Since joining the faculty at GW in 2001, Dr. Teal and her colleagues have developed a cutting-edge, holistic, patient-focused Breast Care Center that integrates complementary medicine with the latest technology and surgical innovations. She is dedicated to performing clinical and translational research with the goal of improving patient outcomes. She has a special interest in taking care of breast cancer patients and those at increased risk for it. Dr. Teal is a Washingtonian Top Doctor, a US News & World Report Top Doctor, a Castle Top Doctor, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Product Details

  • Publisher: S&S/Simon Element (May 16, 2023)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668001134

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“I didn't know it, but No Longer Radical is the book I've been waiting for, causing me to stop averting my eyes and closing my ears every time the topic of breast cancer comes up. With beautiful writing and clear explanation of every part of mastectomies and other treatments, the gifted authors make this dreaded subject more manageable, and with less reason now to fear this terrible disease. “ --Seth M. Siegel, author, New York Times bestseller Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World

"Hold No Longer Radical in your hand as an expertly crafted compass to help navigate the irreversible choice of mastectomy. Writing from both personal experiences and professional perspectives, Drs. Brem and Teal offer proof that the path of mastectomy is no longer paved with shame and suffering, but with individualized choice and profound beauty." —Kristi Funk, MD, Breast Cancer Surgeon, Bestselling author BREASTS: The Owner’s Manual, Women’s Health Warrior at

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