Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer: Groundbreaking Survivors' Guide Gets Complete Update and a Fresh Perspective

Jan 06, 2010, 08:04 ET from

New guide reflects changes in treatment options, post-treatment care, and the authors' own personal experience

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twelve years ago, breast oncologist Dr. Marisa Weiss and her mother, Ellen Weiss, wrote the indispensable and highly acclaimed survivors' guide, Living Beyond Breast Cancer. A decade later, they embarked on a two-year long research effort to completely update this resource - now titled Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide to When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins. The new title celebrates advancements in breast cancer treatment and recognizes the need to both live well and live well beyond the disease.


The need to incorporate major new advances in breast cancer treatment and recovery was one major reason to update the book. Another key factor was the desire to share the authors' own personal journey with breast cancer. Ellen Weiss was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago - an event that altered the perspective of both authors, giving them a different, very personal lens into the daily physical and emotional challenges survivors face after the initial crisis of breast cancer is over.

"I've been treating breast cancer patients for over 20 years," says Dr. Weiss. "However, my mother's own diagnosis made me appreciate in a much more personal way the fears that breast cancer patients and their families experience along the way - and deepened my commitment to my life's work."

Central to Dr. Weiss' commitment is her nonprofit organization,, which provides vital, reliable information and support to those affected by breast cancer. Today, reaches over eight million people each year across the world with expert-reviewed information and peer support.

Written to complement the tremendous resource of, Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer covers a wide range of issues: managing chemo-brain, getting a good night's sleep, cooling hot flashes, keeping your bones strong, controlling your weight, tolerating ongoing treatments, knowing which tests to get, and reducing the risk of recurrence. Visit to learn more about Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer.


DR. MARISA C. WEISS is the president and founder of, the world's leading online resource for breast health and breast cancer information. She is a regular on GMA and has appeared on CNN's House Call, the CBS Morning Show, and NBC's Today. She also has a monthly column on and has had guest slots on NPR, CNN Radio, ABC Radio, CBS Radio, and Washington Post Radio. She founded Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a national nonprofit education and support organization. She is also the author of Taking Care of Your Girls, about breast health for teen and 'tween girls. She currently practices at Lankenau Hospital, where she serves as director of Breast Radiation Oncology and director of Breast Health Outreach. ELLEN WEISS, Marisa's mother, is a writer and editorial consultant, and also a breast cancer survivor.