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The Complete Guide to breast cancer

Liz O'Riordan
Our thanks go to Dr Liz O'Riordan who is an expert in the field of breast cancer

Introduction to Dr. Liz O'Riordan

Dr. Liz O’Riordan is an international speaker, broadcaster and co-author of the Amazon best selling book, ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control’. In 2015 (aged 40) she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer whilst working as a Consultant Breast Surgeon. In 2018 she had a locoregional recurrence on her chest wall. The side effects of treatment for this meant she had to retire as a breast surgeon in 2019.

Breast cancer experience

During chemotherapy she started an award-winning blog about her experiences and now talks all over the world about how to improve patient care. In 2020 she launched her podcast – Don’t Ignore The Elephant – that talks about the things no-one else does, like sex, death and body image. She now educates the public about breast cancer on social media (Instagram @oriordanliz, Twitter @Liz_ORiordan) and her video content can also be found on her website

The Complete Guide to breast cancer

This expertly written book by Dr. Liz O'Riordan and Professor Trisha Greenhalgh has been described as 'humane and based on robust evidence' by Macmillan Cancer Support. The Complete Guide to breast cancer brings together all of the knowledge the authors have gathered both as patients and as doctors to give patients and their families a trusted, thorough and up to date source of information.

Designed to empower patients during treatment it covers;

- Simple explanations of every breast cancer treatment

- Coping with the emotional burden of breast cancer

- Frank advice about sex and relationships

- Staying healthy during and after treatment

- Dealing with the fear of recurrence

- Living with secondary breast cancer

The book is packed full of all the things the authors wished they had known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond.

The Complete Guide to breast cancer Care Box

It was for all of the reasons above, it made complete sense for us to include The Complete Guide to breast cancer in one of our (but there are more to come...) breast cancer Care Boxes. Whether the Care Box is a gift for a friend or loved one going through breast cancer or a self care box if you are undergoing treatment, we hope it provides some support and comfort.

What lies ahead for Dr. Liz O'Riordan?

Liz is a keen sportswoman and is passionate about promoting the benefits of exercise for cancer patients. Her latest memoir, Under The Knife, telling her story as a female surgeon in a man’s world before getting breast cancer as a breast surgeon, will be published by Unbound in 2023.

For further information about Dr Liz O'Riordan and her work

Speaker, Author and Storyteller - Pledge to support my memoir with Unbound Podcast Host Don’t Ignore The Elephant Co-author of The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer Instagram @oriordanliz Twitter @Liz_ORiordan


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