The complete guide to what to expect when you’re expecting the worst.
Reconstruction is a pragmatic but positive handbook for anyone navigating a diagnosis of primary breast cancer. It contains clear, useful advice on what to do and what to expect at all stages of treatment, from questions to ask your doctors and practical ways to reduce your risk of recurrence, right down to what to pack in your hospital bag.
Written by journalist and breast cancer patient, Rosamund Dean, this reassuring guide combines the most up-to-date therapeutic information from a variety of medical experts with evidence-based lifestyle advice, and will help every patient to live well during treatment and beyond.
Rosamund Dean is a journalist, author and former deputy editor of Grazia.In 2021, she was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 40, and documented her journey with a column in The Sunday Times Style.She has since founded Well Well Well, a popular wellness newsletter on Substack, chronicling her efforts to future-proof her body in a way that is relatable and doable.She is also the author of Mindful Drinking: How Cutting Down Can Change Your Life.Rosamund lives in London with her husband, Sunday Times writer Jonathan Dean, and their two children.
‘A brilliant, comprehensive guide for anyone with a breast cancer diagnosis. Clearly and calmly written - I wish this had been available when I was diagnosed.’Victoria Derbyshire -
‘An inspirational, important and friendly book that will be a supportive companion to many women and men with breast cancer, as well as those that love them.’Melissa Hemsley -
‘This book will help patients, their families and their friends to navigate the often confusing and overwhelming world following a cancer diagnosis.’Dr Lisa Dvorjetz -
‘Rosamund is dedicated to improving the lives and experiences of people with breast cancer and this book is a tremendous collection of helpful tips for those embarking on, going through or coming out the other side of treatment. I look forward to sharing it with my patients.’Kat Tunnicliffe, oncological physiotherapist -
‘Having a breast cancer diagnosis can be a lonely and overwhelming experience, and there is an overload of information right from the start. Rosamund’s book is not only the manual I wish I’d had, but also warm, funny and kind. It's like having a big sister who has been through the same thing, right by your side. Informative and calming, Reconstruction should be prescribed at the moment of that frightening diagnosis. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.’Sarah Cawood, broadcaster -
‘I wish a book like this had been given to me when diagnosed. It would have been the companion I absolutely needed to navigate the craziness of a breast cancer diagnosis and will support so many as they face their own frightening diagnosis.’Carly Moosah, breast cancer campaigner -