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Helpful Books for Cancer Patients: Just Diagnosed | Going Through Treatment | Nutrition and Diet Suggestions

by Margot Malin, CEO and Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc.

We believe that knowledge is power. We share below a list of books to help empower patients with knowledge and information.

Specifically we suggest books that are helpful for patients who have just been diagnosed and for patients who are going though their treatment protocol. In addition we suggest books focusing on Nutrition and Diet. These books are great to share with family members and caregivers. They also make thoughtful cancer gifts.

JUST DIAGNOSED

These books are helpful to read when a patient is just diagnosed. They are packed with useful information to educate you and prepare you for the journey.

When Cancer Hits

When Cancer Hits by Britta Aragon

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by Britta Aragon

When Cancer Hits is your complete guide to navigating all the changes you’ll experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living. Whether your future includes surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, you’ll need to know how to best manage your side effects, stress, and home recovery—and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.  With real-life stories from survivors plus advice from doctors and experienced health experts, When Cancer Hits delivers life-changing information on how to care for your body, boost your immune system, encourage your own healing, and nurture your soul while on the road to recovery.

Hospital Stay Handbook: A Guide to Becoming a Patient Advocate for Your Loved Ones

by Jari Holland Buck

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When Jari Holland Buck’s husband became seriously ill, she stayed by his side and bravely fought for his life. Her steadfast attention to detail-questioning caregivers, researching medicines, and providing a positive, spiritually rich environment for healing-produced a medical miracle: his survival.  The author’s vivid experiences form the basis of this guide to becoming a patient advocate. Her life-saving lessons will help you choose the best hospital, develop a partnership with caregivers, prevent medical mistakes, and avoid caregiver burnout. Along with practical advice for enforcing patient rights, executing power of attorney, and avoiding inappropriate hospital charges, the author also explores how to bolster the body, mind, and soul of a critically ill loved one through prayer, positivity, and spiritual healing.

 

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You: A Physician’s Radical Guide to Conquering the Obstacles to Excellent Medical Care

by Dr. Laura Nathanson

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In 2003, Dr. Laura Nathanson was widowed after the misdiagnosis of her beloved husband. After this tragedy, she was determined to help others protect themselves and their loved ones from similarly preventable health care disasters—and help them benefit from health care miracles.In What You Don’t Know Can Kill You, Dr. Nathanson provides a guide to getting the best medical care and navigating our frustrating and often impenetrable health care system. In clear, non-medical language, she shows how to:

    • Flag any signs of misdiagnosis and misleading analysis of symptoms
    • Prevent miscommunication among specialists from having dire consequences
    • Stay safe in the hospital and bypass its dangers· Choose a health care plan without falling into the “uncovered services” trap

Full of empathy for each individual patient and caregiver, What You Don’t Know Can Kill You will empower patients to be their own best advocates.

GOING THROUGH TREATMENT

These books are helpful for patients undergoing treatment; they are informative and uplifting.

Anticancer: A New Way of Life

by David Servan-Schreiber

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Current developments in cancer research and offers more tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it. The new edition of Anticancer includes:

• The latest research on anticancer foods, including new alternatives to sugar and cautions about some that are now on the market
• New information about how vitamin D strengthens the immune system
• Warnings about common food contaminants that have recently been proven to contribute to cancer progression
• A new chapter on mind-body approaches to stress reduction, with recent studies that show how our reactions to stress can interfere with natural defenses and how friendships can support healing in ways never before understood
• A groundbreaking study showing that lifestyle modification, as originally proposed in Anticancer, reduces mortality for breast cancer by an astounding 68 percent after completion of treatment
• New supporting evidence for the entire Anticancer program

 

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Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors

by Barbara Delinsky

UPLIFT is a collection of hundreds of pieces of practical and inspiring tidbits collected from survivors and their on everything from what kind of deodorant to use during radiation treatment to the best kinds of exercise. Think of it as “The Girlfriends’ Guide” to breast cancer, with hints on everything from what kind of deodorant to use during radiation treatment to the best kinds of exercise after a mastectomy to how to tell the person you’re most afraid to tell that you have cancer.

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, 5th Edition (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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by Dr. Susan Love

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has long been the bible for the newly diagnosed. In this completely revised fifth edition, it also becomes a guide for those at risk of getting breast cancer, survivors interested in the consequences of their treatment, and anyone who wants to understand the new research about how the local environment influences the manifestations and treatments of many different kinds of breast cancer. Major advances being made in genetic research today mean that prevention and treatment can work not only to get rid of mutated cells (through chemo or surgery), but also to change the environment around the cells (through hormone therapy, exercise, and stress reduction). Among other promising developments discussed are advances in imaging, recognition of breast density as a risk factor, and a section focused on “personalized medicine” to help determine what kind of cancer you have and how best to treat it.  Any woman facing a diagnosis, decisions about treatment, or concerns about prevention will find in Dr. Love’s book the information, guidance, and reassurance she needs.

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

by The Breast Health Experts at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

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From the breast health experts at Mayo Clinic comes a guide to the many aspects of breast cancer—from prevention, to care and coping, to survival, to living with hope. Trustworthy information offered in a spirit of companionship.  Mayo Clinic set out to provide comprehensive and up-to-date facts in easy-to-understand language. They’ve succeeded in this handbook for those who’ve been diagnosed, or for those who want to give sensitive and helpful support to someone with breast cancer

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey: Surviving and Thriving During and After Your Diagnosis and Treatment

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by Dr. Julie Silver

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey will encourage comfort and encourage breast cancer patients and survivors with its inspiring stories and helpful medical information.  A support group from breast cancer diagnosis through treatment to rehabilitation and recovery, this book combines inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories written just for this book and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School. Patients and survivors will find comfort, strength and hope.

Breast Cancer Journey: The Essential Guide to Treatment and Recovery

by Ruth O’Regan

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Offering encouragement and support, this updated guide is the authority on coping with breast cancer. Highlighting all the latest medical developments, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, this essential book guides newly diagnosed patients every step of the way. Including practical tips on managing the emotions, reactions, and side effects of breast cancer and its treatment, detailed questions to ask a medical team for empowerment, and wellness plans for recovery and life after cancer, this comprehensive manual is packed with information to best manage the breast cancer experience.

FOOD AND NUTRITION    

American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Survivors: Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer

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by Abby Bloch, Barbara Grant, and 3 others

Written for consumers, patients, and families seeking reliable information about nutritional support for people with cancer, this comprehensive guide offers the latest information about using nutrition to optimal advantage during the cancer journey. Also discussed is the role of sound nutritional choices before, during, and after cancer therapy and how they can help bolster energy levels, strengthen the immune system, fight off infection, and minimize the side effects of treatment. Charts, information on special diets, and level-headed advice about dietary supplements make this a valuable tool for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Nutritional Approach to Preventing Recurrence (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series)

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by Edward Bauman and 4 others

If you’re a breast cancer survivor, chances are you have renewed your commitment to maintaining your good health and taking care of your body. As one of the best preventative measures known to doctors and nutritionists today, a robust, cancer-fighting diet is vital to your personal plan for breast cancer prevention.

The Chemotherapy Diet: 5 Steps to Staying Healthy During Cancer Treatment

by Mike Herbert and Joe Dispenza

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The Chemotherapy Diet is a practical guide to feeling good during chemo… and beyond with 100+ simple recipes, menu planning guide, and more, presented in a simple 5-step program:

  • Change your thinking and develop an attitude focused on healing.
  • Detoxify with therapeutic baths to promote healing from the inside out.
  • Eat the best foods to create a healing chemistry in your body.
  • Supplement your diet to support the healing momentum.
  • Exercise and rest to speed the healing process.

The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook: Includes 150 Healthy and Delicious Recipes

by Jean Lamantia

Recent research indicates that diet can influence a patient’s cancer treatment and survival rate as well as help to manage the side effects. This book has been written for both patients and caregivers and addresses the unique requirements of a patient undergoing cancer treatment.  A patient’s waxing and waning appetite and ability to maintain optimal nutritional requirements are severely challenged during treatment, so the book provides integral information on how to deal with these challenges. From managing the side effects of treatment with particular foods and nutrients, to make-ahead meals that can be frozen and reheated at a moment’s notice, to foods that are simply more palatable to a patient depending on what stage of treatment they’re in.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ELYN JACOBS, CANCER COACH

Elyn says “In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because I strive to spread the word that there are many options, but no one magic bullet for cancer, I would like to share some books that will empower you to be an active participant in your healing.  No one treatment is right for all, and there are options well beyond what we are hearing from our doctors. ” Elyn’s suggestions can be found in her blog post entitled “Recommended Reading List for People With Breast Cancer” – please click HERE to access her suggestions.

 

IN CLOSING

It has been wonderful to watch how the number of resources for cancer patients has grown  since we started Lots To Live For, Inc. in 2002.

We look forward to sharing more resources in an upcoming blog post which will focus on these three additional categories:

  • Exercise for Cancer Patients
  • Alternative and Complementary Treatments
  • Insprational and Uplifting Books for Cancer Patients

For additional book suggestions please visit our Pinterest board “Books, Apps, CD’s, DVD’s and Software to Help Cancer Patients”

 

Margot Malin is founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.  Visit our website to learn about personal care products that can reduce and relieve the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of oncology radiation, chemotherapy and cancer surgery.  Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer.

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