• What Books have you read that you feel have helped you most deal with your Cancer?

    Asked by AlizaMLS on Monday, March 18, 2013

    What Books have you read that you feel have helped you most deal with your Cancer?

    Please tell us what books you've read that have helped you deal with your Cancer? I'm looking for titles having to do mainly with Cancer, although you can include others (please leave the Bible out [I know it helps many]). I'm hoping to take the list of titles and compile a bibliography when we're all done (I'm sure you all know by now that I'm a Medical Librarian...;))

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    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Cancer on $5 a Day (Chemo Not Included)

      By Robert Schimell


      Wonderful story by a really funny guy. Great insights.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      1.Living Beyond Breast Cancer byh Marisa WEiss and Ellen Weiss

      2. Breast Cancer Husband by Marc Silver
      3. Happiness in a Storm by Wendy Schlessel Harpham
      4. Intimacy After Cancer by Sally Kydd and Dana Rowett
      5.After Breast Cancer: A Common Sense Guide to Life after Treatment by Hester Hill Schnipper
      6.Cancer is a XXX by Gail Konop Baker
      7. Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Life Begins by Marisa Weiss and Ellen Weiss
      8.Five Lessons I Didn't Learn from Breast Cancer (and One big one I did) by Shelley Lewis

      I know I had some other books, but I don't see them on the shelf with these....as I find them, I will post more books. Karen

      over 4 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Anti-Cancer: A Way of Life by David Servan Schreiber. He was a brain scientist who had brain cancer in his 30's, given 8 months to live, changed his life and lived 20 years before finally succumbing to brain cancer. The book is full of lessons to take to heart about living a full life.
      Fight On,

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      "It's Always Something" by Gildna Radner (an actress who died of Ovarian Cancer)

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson
      The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
      Along with some of the books about survivors mentioned by others. I was given some books by Suzanne Somers and was excited to read them, but I suggest staying away. They are negative to common protocols and I don't think of value. The average person can't afford the crazy treatments she did and they are defeating. So, I'd skip them.

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Choose Joy by Kay Warren
      Battlefield for the Mind by Joyce Meyer
      Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors by Barbara Delinski

      over 4 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar


      When my husband was diagnosed with head and neck cancer I searched for books that would help me to understand what we were about to face. I read My Voice by Dr. Itzhak Brook. It was informative and fairly technical.

      I decided to write our own story...easy to read..practical information with the help of our ENT specialist. It's the book I wish I had when my husband was diagnosed.

      Titled: "Destination Cancer Free" by Barbara Bragg I would sincerely be honored to be included in your list of titles.

      I have also read and liked: "Cancer-Fighting Kitchen" by Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson and "Bangers and Mash" by Keith Hern


      over 4 years ago
    • KendallHHC's Avatar

      Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen by Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott (me!) :) A friendly guide and whole foods cookbook, all-in-one. We are both cancer survivors who took an integrative approach to cancer and used food to help fight back, along with other holistic modalities and traditional treatment. We share our stories, advice, nutrition info and recipes from first-hand experience, our research and schooling at Integrative Nutrition. http://thekickingkitchen.com/book

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi, It's Aliza, and since I originated this question, I reserve the right due to my ADD to enter titles more than once. so here is the start of my list.

      1- "I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy" - by Geralyn Lucas. Geralyn Lucas was a producer at ABC News (in NYC) when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 27. She's the wife of a then Orthopedic resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC where she was treated. It was a very heart rending story to read (I read it about 10 years ago) because she was so young and it was so unusual for so young a woman to have this. Ms. Lucas weathered a mastectomy, and chemo (had a very hard time), still worked, and managed to escape chemo without going through menopause. She is happily married with 2 children. They made this book into a Lifetime movie, but the book was much better. They "happied it up" considerably for Lifetime.

      2 - "Cancer, Schmancer" by Fran Drescher - Fran Drescher of "The Nanny" fame had uterine cancer. She describes how she endured her ordeal with the help and love of her family - parents and sister, friends (the woman who played "Val" on "The Nanny"./////////// and her husband) and her boyfriend (she divorced her husband with whom she created and produced "The Nanny"). She came through with flying colors and is now on "Happily Divorced". Well written in a down-to earth-way as only you can imagine Miss Fine would!

      3- "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" by Kris Carr and Sherryl Crow - This was a great book!! Sheryl Crow actually wrote the foreword. Kris Carr is an amazing person. She's a young woman who was diagnosed with a slow growing rare cancer at Stage IV. At first she was panicked (naturally), but with the help of her parents, she gradually comes to be able to rebuild her life and learn to live with Cancer as a chronic illness (with the philosophy that in order to live with the "enemy" you must first make it "beautiful" - I heard this in a quote many years ago, but I've searched and cannot find the quote). She even falls in love and gets married. Her writing style is engaging as is her story and it motivates you (the cancer patient) not to sulk or stay in bed but to live life to the fullest!

      4 - "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" by Kris Carr - Another wonderful book by Carr. This one offers more practical help in getting you (the cancer patient) to do what she did in her first book, i.e., set up your own "Cancer Posse", i.e., group of supportive and positive Cancer patients from whom to draw strength. There are blank pages for you (the Cancer survivor to record your own thoughts, feelings and make lists and plans). Very positive and motivational. Just what we (cancer patients need) until someone finds the cure. Kris Carr deserves the Nobel Prize in Medicine!!

      5 - "It's Always Something" - by Gilda Radnor. Where would we be without Gilda? (at least us Baby Boomers). SNL was never the same without her!! She was the best and though it's been a long time since I read her book, it was a bittersweet account of her life - part memoir and part Cancer journey until her life ended. A well-written, poignant, funny, sad book that depicted a great actress, star and average person with the neuroses we all have. A great lady and the Gilda's Clubs established in her name are a wonderful legacy!!

      6 - "Crazy Sexy Diet" by Kris Carr. I will admit I've yet to read this. But I'm guessing that she writes about a healthy diet with the same passion and vivacity that she wrote her previous two books - it's about how to eat healthfully as a Cancer survivor. Very important!

      7 - "The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book" By the breast-health experts at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Endorsed by docs at Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, etc. this book is a well written thorough instructional guide for the breast cancer patient from the moment of diagnosis all the way through treatment up to Support Groups and death. The final pages feature an inclusive listing of many valuable resources including URls and phone numbers.

      This is at least the first part of my list. There may be more coming. It's a work in progress...;)

      over 4 years ago
    • suebo's Avatar

      These are books I have read about cancer. Both books by Bill Henderson -- they say the same but his latest has updated material. Outsmart Your Cancer and World Without Cancer are also very good.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      I feel compelled to answer my question again and add yet another book to the list, but this one's still a work in progress in terms of my reading it. It's fabulous though. It's not an upper, but it's a magnificently written history of the evolution of Cancer, so it's like staring the enemy in the eye.

      The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

      This is a fascinating book. I can't put it down. Dr. Mukherjee is an Oncologist, Researcher and Asst. Prof. of Medicine at Columbia University and staff physican at Columbia University Medical Center. His writing style is captivating. He chronicles Cancer from as early as 2500 B.C. from writings that were found on a crumpled papyrus by the great Egyptian physician Imhotep. Imhotep was a skilled physician. He categorized all diseases and treatments. He had a description of the tumor of the breast which fits exactly with what one would find today "hard and cool to the touch", but unlike other diseases where he had described treatments under case 45 (which was breast cancer) where he wrote Therapy. Underneath was written "nothing". It says so much.

      Then there's no more mention in the ancient world that can be found until we get back to ancient Greece. You must read this book. Dr. M chronicles how the manufacture of the poison mustard gas in WW I had a part to play iin the manufacture of chemotherapy later on. It's just fascinating. Read it and feel you can conquer it!!

      over 4 years ago
    • care's Avatar

      Care Tuk here: A couple books helped me- the first one is one I personally wrote, that I did while doing chemo - called Loose Screws and Skinned Knees: Turning Life's Obstacles and Adversity into Opportunities and Adventures. You can see more at www.caretuk.com
      I am an 11 time cancer suvivor.
      Another one, a compilation from survivors is Praying Through Cancer - I still go back to it!!

      over 4 years ago

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