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Breast Cancer Information for Patients

There are several types of helpful information about breast cancer from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in this section. These include:

  • Patient Education Publications available in PDF and most in Kindle or EPub format
  • Videos about "Moving Beyond Breast Cancer" which shows several women talking about the issues they faced after breast cancer.
  • Treatment Information about Breast Cancer and links to related breast cancer treatment topics.

Information and E-Book Publications from the National Cancer Institute

NCI's popular patient education publications are available in a variety of formats. Download one or more of these booklets to your e-book device, smartphone, or tablet for handy reference, or open them as a PDF directly in the browser.  Please also see the two videos below on the topic of "Moving Beyond Breast Cancer."

Diagnosis and Treatment, Breast Changes, Surgery Choices, and Facing Forward

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Covers treatment options, types of cancer doctors, second opinion, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Understanding Breast Changes

Explains next steps after an abnormal mammogram result, including information about how conditions are diagnosed and treated.

Surgery Choices

Covers the types of breast surgery, such as breast-sparing surgery and mastectomy, and helps women decide which surgery is the best choice for them.

Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment

Covers both the physical and emotional post-treatment issues for cancer survivors.

Facing Forward: When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment

Covers coping strategies to help cancer caregivers adjust their focus to the recovery phase once treatment is over for their loved one with cancer.

Patient Education Videos on Breast Cancer from the NCI

There is one thing common to all survivors of cancer: For awhile, life is about learning to cope with the challenges of recovery. Hear from breast cancer survivors who are coping with these challenges by getting information, taking action, seeking support, and changing the way they think. The two videos below share the experiences of women who have completed treatment. The first one is a brief introduction to the women and the issues they face. The second video is the full version where the survivors describe their expectations, their struggles, and how they are moving beyond breast cancer.

Moving Beyond Breast Cancer – Overview (1:27 minutes, see full video below)

This short, video overview is a brief introduction to the women and the issues they face.

Moving Beyond Breast Cancer – Full Version (23:17 minutes)

This video is the full version of "Moving Beyond Breast Cancer" where the survivors describe their expectations, their struggles, and how they are moving beyond breast cancer.

Treatment Information on Breast Cancer from the National Cancer Institute

Breast cancer information for patients and caregivers written by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in easy-to-read language and reviewed and updated monthly by the NCI.

For more Breast Cancer information from the NCI about treatments, approved drugs, and clinical trials, click or touch Learn More:

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How to download and view eBooks:


  • Open via the browser on your Kindle.
  • Or, select "Kindle." Then, use a USB cable to transfer the file to your Kindle.

Smartphone or tablet:

  • Via an ePubs app, select "Other eReaders" to download and view.
  • Via a Kindle app, select "Kindle" to download and view.
  • If you don't have an app, select "PDF."

Desktop or laptop computer:

  • Free software is available to read eBooks on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions is one option for ePub and Calibre is one for Kindle.

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