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  • This project was expired on 2012-11-16

About our project

The Breast Cancer Checklist book is an easy-to-use guide with checklists for what to do before, during, and after surgery, chemo, and radiation.

It was the book I needed and never found when I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. The lists include tips I found crucial that often slipped through the gaps in my care.

This book aims to empower women and make them feel that they are doing everything in their control to manage their care while giving them one resource to rely on.

The Breast Cancer Checklist Project

The Breast Cancer Checklist is a book that includes everything from medical to practical advice: checklists for before and after surgery, lumpectomy, mastectomy, reconstruction, chemo, radiation, infusion ports, lymphedema management, tamoxifen, Herceptin, Triple-Negative, and prostheses. It assists women in working through treatments, organizing their medical and insurance records, and keeping track of menu planning and clothing purchases. It even has lists of free gifts and vacation opportunities available to survivors, and much much more.

This book is based on the results and conclusions of over 700 medical studies, but was written for people in conversational manner.

It includes tips such as:

  • Get a dental appointment before you start treatment after which you’ll be immuno-compromised.
  • Schedule your surgery for the second half of your menstrual cycle, which evidence has shown improves outcomes.
  • Talk to your child’s teachers so they’re alert for mood swings or special needs.
  • On plane flights, wear a compression sleeve to prevent lymphedema.
  • Avoid grapefruit and echinacea, both of which impede the effects of chemotherapy.
  • If you’re taking tamoxifen, avoid soy as it can stop tamoxifen’s ability to halt tumor growth.
  • Sign up for a meal organizing system like so that your friends and family can help you in providing for your food needs.
  • Sign up for one of the dozens of free spas or retreat vacations available to breast cancer survivors.

Here is a snapshot of the Organizational Tips section in the 25 Most Useful Tips List

How The Breast Cancer Checklist Helps Patients & Loved Ones:

This is the book every woman diagnosed with breast cancer wishes they had. It is a series of checklists that helps women manage every aspect of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. It also contains fill-in forms for keeping information — medical, insurance, personal — organized during the course of treatment.

This book is also a wonderful resource for families and caregivers who are dealing with someone who has been diagnosed. It offers people easy ways to help out and empowers women by giving them knowledge and a sense of control over their daily choices.

How our Book Helps Doctors:

This is a book that doctors can hand out to their patients that will alleviate much of the patient anxiety associated with a breast cancer diagnosis. The fill-in forms (with everything from medical to insurance details) will also help keep patients better organized throughout the medical experience. The book can also be a time-saver for physicians, as many of the questions that patients may have forgotten the answers to can be easily reviewed.

Additionally, this book can be the key for a deeper engagement between patients and their doctors. Doctors can ask more specific questions related to their patients and have a better understanding of how the patient is mentally and physically managing their treatment. Thus, this can be a tool for increasing patient satisfaction and the quality of care offered.

Why 10,000?

I’m trying to raise $10,000 in order to cover the cost of the book’s publication next month. You can read more about the book and see the complete table of contents and several actual pages of the book on our website. Thank you.

How to Get In Touch:


For $ 5 or more

1 Supporter(s)

Help us get this book into the hands of women that need it. You'll get a Tweet of thanks and the feel-good feeling knowing you have helped someone's mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, or daughter in dealing with breast cancer.

For $ 25 or more

1 Supporter(s)

THE BOOK: One copy of the pre-publication, hot-off-the-press, 1st edition of "The Breast Cancer Checklist" book, delivered to you or the recipient of your choice. OR... Help raise awareness - Contribute the same $25 and tell us you'd prefer that we send the book, on your behalf, to one of the cancer centers across the US. (Please add $17 for International shipping.)

For $ 100 or more

0 Supporter(s) Limited (200 left of 200 )

DEDICATION : We'll put a dedication ("In Honor of", or "In Memory of") to your friend or loved one on the Acknowledgements Page of our website. You also get one copy of the book delivered to you or the recipient of your choice.

For $ 250 or more

0 Supporter(s)

FOR DONORS: Send 10 copies to any hospital/clinic of your choice. Please add $25 for International shipping. OR...DOCTORS: 10 copies of the book to hand out as gifts to your patients or to stock your waiting room with.

For $ 300 or more

1 Supporter(s) Limited (49 left of 50 )

Publishing Consultation with Fern Reiss: Get a one-hour consultation by phone or Skype on your self-publishing or book publicity project, with expert Fern Reiss.

For $ 500 or more

0 Supporter(s)

FOR DONORS: 22 copies of the book for the hospital/clinic of your choice. - OR - FOR PHYSICIANS, CLINICS or HOSPITALS: You will get a special Thanks for you and your practice on the Acknowledgements Page of our website AND 22 copies for your patients and waiting room. (Please add $35 for International shipping.)

For $ 2500 or more

0 Supporter(s) Limited (30 left of 30 )

A DEDICATION from your hospital on the Acknowledgement Page of our website, 110 copies for your patients and waiting rooms, and an acknowledgement of your generosity on our website's Partner Page.

For $ 3000 or more

0 Supporter(s)

PARTNER REWARD: We reserve a special place for our Partner Sponsors on our website. The reward includes up to 135 copies of the book and recognition as a Partner Sponsor. We invite all Partner Sponsor donors to include images/logos on our site and a statement about your work.

For $ 5000 or more

0 Supporter(s) Limited (10 left of 10 )

Three-Months On-Retainer PUBLISHING CONSULTATION: 3 months of weekly, one-hour phone/ Skype consultations to walk you through your self-publishing project with e-mail support in between. See for more details.

For $ 5000 or more

0 Supporter(s)

CORPORATE SPONSOR REWARD: Be listed, along with your logo, as our Corporate Sponsor on our website's Partner Sponsors Page AND receive 225 copies of the first edition to hand out to clients and customers. You may choose to donate these books to any hospital or clinic(s) of your choosing. International shipping not included.

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