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Part inspirational cancer-survival story, part memoir-as-a-laughriot, picks up where Fran's last book left off.

Product Details:
Author: Fran Drescher
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: May 01, 2003
Language: English
ISBN: 0446690589
Product Length: 8.9 inches
Product Width: 5.9 inches
Product Height: 0.7 inches
Product Weight: 0.6 pounds
Package Length: 8.98 inches
Package Width: 5.91 inches
Package Height: 0.71 inches
Package Weight: 0.62 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 136 reviews
Customer Reviews:
Average Customer Review: 4.0 ( 136 customer reviews )
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73 of 75 found the following review helpful:

5WHAT A BOOK!!!Nov 04, 2003
By Anthony Pultrone
I have been a big fan of the TV series "The Nanny" for many years. I recently picked up a copy of this book, "Cancer Schmancer" from's website -- and read the book in its entirety in 3 evenings. I could not put it down. This book is funny, moving, interesting, and even entertaining (to a point)! Fran Drescher is an excellent actress (not just with words but with facial expressions and body language) and I could just picture hell reciting the book as I was reading it. It never ceases to amaze me how so many healthcare professionals can be so stubbornly and blatantly wrong about diagnoses! You trust your lives with these people -- they should be thorough and meticulous, but many are not. It's hard to believe unless you've experienced it OR you read Fran Drescher's trials and travails as she details her extensive battle with the American healthcare system to find a cause, then a cure, for her medical problem. A great read for any fan of Fran Drescher's, "The Nanny", or anyone who has had or known someone who has had or has cancer.

48 of 48 found the following review helpful:

5.......Brutally HonestAug 23, 2003
By L. Pacocha "interested in just about everything"
I have always admired Fran Drescher, especially after reading this book. Her honesty and humor help the subject matter of cancer seem to make things that happen almost bearable. Also, her advise to "get other opinions" is definatly one that everyone should follow.

35 of 36 found the following review helpful:

5Fantastic Insight, Answers, and Awareness. OUTSTANDING BOOKMar 09, 2004
By Barbara Rose
Fran Drescher brings fantastic insight into the symptoms, proper treatment and diagnosis of cancer, as well as vital questions that you should ask your doctor if you are facing the challenge to overcome this physical one. A VITAL part of this book is how we MUST read, learn, and know as much as the doctor - so we can ask the most intelligent questions in order to receive the BEST treatment that is necessary for us individually. A LOT of it has to do with attitude, where NOTHING can stop you, and you CAN overcome the challenge before you. Written with truth, sincerity, dignity, and intelligence - exactly as I remember Fran to be when I worked with her on the set of 'The Nanny.' This book is just as fantastic as she is.
'Cancer Schmancer' is a tremendous inspiration, as well as a vital gift and contribution to all who need it.
Barbara Rose, author of "Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE" and 'If God Was Like Man'
Editor of inspire! magazine

14 of 16 found the following review helpful:

3Useful and an easy-read, but also self-servingApr 20, 2005
By Debbie the Book Devourer "dletour7"
This book is a memoir of Fran Drescher's experience with uterine cancer. She does give some useful advice to all, mostly women, but not only women, who have unexplained symptoms. She reminds us that doctors are not gods, and we need to be active participants in our own health care. Ask questions, get information, speak up! For this, the book is very useful.

Drescher also does an adequate job describing her feelings as she goes through getting a diagnosis, undergoing surgery, and trying to recover. This is also useful, especially when she tells women that recovering from a hysterectomy is a Big Deal!

Her writing is mostly breezy and entertaining; however, I found it at times whiny and self-serving. She lapses into psychoanalysis a lot, which seemed a bit out of place. She sometimes goes into way more detail than I think she needed to. Some of her prose is a little rambling. And she spends many pages saying, "Look at me -- I'm The Nanny!"

Nonetheless, she has written a very honest account of her brush with cancer. It was brave of her to put herself out there, especially knowing that reviewers such as myself might find her a bit whiny. Even if she's trying to remind us how fabulous she is, she seems sincerely to be trying to help people. And for that, she gets three stars!

11 of 12 found the following review helpful:

5Discussing Cancer with Humor as only Fran canFeb 01, 2005
By Diane Offutt
Cancer is a serious subject, yet Fran managed to write about it in a way that makes you laugh as well as cry. Sharing her experiences will help many women.

Buy this book. The information it contains is priceless. You will not be sorry.

Diane Gasparri Offutt

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