Book Lists for Cancer Patients


For many patients, educating themselves on their type of cancer and how it will impact their lives become top priority. Knowledge truly is power and learning how to help our bodies heal in the most beneficial and natural ways are often the most wanted and needed thing to a patient. Below you will find book lists for specific types of cancer listed.

Books for Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Female Cancers

  • B is for Breast Cancer by Christine Hamil
  • Mummy’s Lump by Gillian Forrest
  • The C Word by Lisa Lynch
  • I Felt a Right One by Karen Tighe
  • It’s All Just Rock and Roll by Alex Jagger
  • Tea & Chemo by Jackie Buxton
  • Emotional Support through Breast Cancer by Dr. Cordelia Galgut
  • A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka
  • Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women With Cancer by Caitlin Kiernan
  • Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors by Barbara Delinsky
  • Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women With Breast Cancer by Gina L. Mulligan
  • Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy: A Memoir by Geralyn Lucas
  • Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond by Marc Silver
  • The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Nutritional Approach to Preventing Recurrence by Edward Bauman, PhD, and Helayne Waldman
  • The New Generation Breast Cancer Book: How to Navigate Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options — and Remain Optimistic — in an Age of Information Overload by Elisa Port, MD
  • ‘Heal Breast Cancer Naturally: 7 Essential Steps to Beating Breast Cancer’ by Véronique Desaulniers
  • The Lovin’ Ain’t Over for Women with Cancer by Barbara Alterowitz & Ralph Alterowitz

General Books about Cancer and Healing

  • How to Starve Cancer by Jane McLelland
  • Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health With the Mix of Six by Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and Alison Jefferies
  • Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
  • Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg
  • Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Everything Changes by Kairol Rosenthal
  • Cancer Schmancer by Fran Drescher
  • The Cancer Survivors Bible by Jonathan Chamberlain
  • Cancer Etiquette: What to Say, What to Do When Someone You Know or Love Has Cancer By Rosanne Kalick
  • Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancer: Become an Active Patient and Take Charge of Your Treatment By Neil Fiore
  • Diagnosis Cancer: Your Guide to the First Few Months of Healthy Survivorship, Expanded and Updated By Wendy Schlessel Harpham, M.D.
  • Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers by Richard C. Frank, M.D.
  • Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness By Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D.
  • How to Cope Better When You Have Cancer by William Penzer
  • Live Longer, Live Larger: A Holistic Approach for Cancer Patients and their Families By William M. Buchholz, M.D., and Susan W. Buchholz, Ph.D.
  • Living with Cancer – A Step-by-Step Guide for Coping Medically and Emotionally with a Serious Diagnosis by Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH, David P. Ryan, MD and Michelle D. Seaton
  • The Human Side of Cancer: Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty Jimmie C. Holland, M.D., and Sheldon Lewis
  • The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level by Jessica Wapner
  • Brain Tumors – Leaving the Garden of Eden Paul M. Zeltzer, M.D. SP
  • Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of The Dying By Maggie Callanan, Patricia Kelley
  • Second Opinions: Stories of Intuition and Choice in the Changing World of Medicine By Jerome Groopman, M.D.
  • Having Children After Cancer: How to Make Informed Choices Before and After Treatment and Build the Family of Your Dreams by Gina M. Shaw
  • Books on Caregiving and Coping with and For Cancer Patients
  • How to Cope Better When Someone You Love Has Cancer By William Penzer Ph.D.
  • Charlie’s Cancer Rescue By David Justus, Linda Justus
  • Chemo Sabe: A Guide to Being a Personal Advocate for a Chemotherapy Patient By Brenda L. Joyner
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Caring for Family or Friends with Cancer By Susannah L. Rose, MSSW, and Richard T. Hara, Ph.D.
  • And Thou Shalt Honor: A Caregivers Companion Edited by Beth Witrogen McLeod
  • Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Responses By Kenneth J. Doka and Joyce Davidson
  • Passages in Caregiving – Turning Chaos Into Confidence by Gail Sheehy
  • Caregivers’ Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant: Practical Perspective Edited by Myra Jacobs, M.A.; Anne Murley, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.; and Carole Slotkin, M.Ed.
  • Cook Books and Nutrition Books for Cancer Patients
  • Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations During & After Treatment By Holly Clegg, Gerald Miletello
  • American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Survivors: Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer by Abby S. Bloch PhD RD
  • Cancer Fitness: Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors By Anna L. Schwartz
  • The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook By Kimberly Mathai with Ginny Smith
  • And in Health: A Guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together by Dan Shapiro
  • Integrative Nutritional Therapies for Cancer: A Scientific Guide to Natural Products used to Treat and Prevent Cancer By Nagi B. Kumar, Kathy Allen, Diane Riccardi

Books about Prostate, Testicular and Male-Centered Cancers

  • Peter Scardino’s Prostate Book
  • Saving Your Sex Life by Dr. John Mulhall
  • Intimacy and Impotence by Ralph and Barbara Alterowitz
  • How We Survived Prostate Cancer by Victoria Hallerman
  • Saving Jack: A Man’s Struggle with Breast Cancer by Jack Willis and Dr. Alan Hollingsworth MD
  • 100 Questions and Answers about Prostate Cancer by Pamela Ellsworth
  • Prostate and Cancer: A Family Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment and Survival by Sheldon Marks
  • American Cancer Society’s Guide to Prostate Cancer by David Bostiwick

Books about Blood Cancers

  • After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life By Wendy Schlessel Harpham, M.D.
  • Into the Funhouse: An Unpredictable Story of a Relentless Leukemia By Walter Harp
  • My Journey with Leukemia: The Power of Family, Faith, and Humor By Jennifer Venegas
  • Night Reflections By Robert Thomas Winn (Author) and Timothy R. Pearson (Contributor)
  • Adult Leukemia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families By Barbara Lackritz
  • Living with Lymphoma By Elizabeth M. Adler, Ph.D.

Look for these books and titles at your local library, book stores, or on bookselling platforms online! If you have a favorite book in any way related to living with, the treatment of, or aftercare and living with cancer, please let us know and we can add it to our growing list!

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