Books About Cancer & Survivorship
“The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”
By Siddhartha Mukherjee
“The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” is a Pulitzer Prize winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee that tells the story of cancer from its earliest history to the present day, providing a comprehensive understanding of the disease and its impact on society. Written in a narrative style, it covers the scientific, cultural, and social history of cancer, as well as the latest developments in research and treatment, and includes personal stories of patients and doctors. It is considered a must-read for anyone diagnosed with cancer and is widely acclaimed for both educating and inspiring readers.
“The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years On the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer is Winnable and How We Can Get There”
By Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
“The Death of Cancer” is a book by Vincent T. DeVita Jr. and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, which tells the story of how cancer is being fought and how we can win the war on cancer. The book is written by a pioneering oncologist, Vincent T. DeVita Jr., who has spent over 50 years on the front lines of medicine treating cancer patients. The book provides an overview of the history of cancer research and treatment, and explains the latest developments in research and treatment. It also provides insights into the challenges that still need to be addressed in order to make further progress in the fight against cancer. The book is written in a clear and concise style and is aimed at both lay readers and medical professionals. It offers an inside look at the world of oncology, from the labs of the National Cancer Institute to the halls of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where Dr. DeVita served as a physician and is recommended for those who have been affected by Hodgkin Lymphoma.
“Picture Your Life After Cancer”
By the New York Times, Karen Barrow, with a Forward by Tara Parker-Pope
“Picture Your Life After Cancer” is an award-winning photo documentary that includes striking images and personal stories from cancer survivors. Written by Karen Barrow of the New York Times, it covers the physical and emotional challenges of life after treatment, and includes tips from experts. It is an honest look at the post-treatment lives of cancer survivors and is a response to the NY Times question “How is your life different after cancer?” to its readers.
“Surviving Cancer” is a book by Margie Levine, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and given just months to live. The book shares Levine’s personal story and the program she developed to help others facing a cancer diagnosis. It includes a step-by-step guide to help readers understand and manage their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, along with tips and strategies for coping with the emotional and practical aspects of cancer, such as maintaining a positive attitude and dealing with the side effects of treatment. Levine’s holistic approach, which combined traditional medicine with her specialized diet, meditation, and “seeking joy,” helped her to live another 14 years and inspired others. The book is written in a personal and inspiring tone to empower and support those facing a cancer diagnosis.
“Victor Not Victim: My Battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma”
By Dr. Mark Gugliotti, PT
“Victor Not Victim” is a book by Dr. Mark Gugliotti, PT, which tells the story of his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and how he overcame the disease. The book includes his personal account of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, with a good dose of humor and a unique perspective as a medical practitioner. It also provides tips and strategies for coping with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer, and insight into the importance of physical therapy in his recovery. The book aims to empower and inspire those facing a cancer diagnosis.
“Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the Top of the World” is a book by Sean Swarner, a cancer survivor who, despite being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s and Askin’s Sarcoma, went on to become the first cancer survivor to successfully climb Mount Everest, twice. The book tells the story of his journey, including his diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, as well as the lessons he learned and tips and strategies for coping with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer, using his passion for climbing to overcome the disease. With his incredible story of perseverance and determination, the book aims to empower and inspire readers facing a cancer diagnosis.
“Laughing in the Storm: Conquering Cancer With a Smile on Your Face”
By Jen Cerminara
“Laughing in the Storm” is a book by Jen Cerminara, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma at age 28. The book tells her personal story of her journey through cancer, including her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. It also shares her unconventional and irreverent perspective on survivorship, filled with persistence, positive thinking, and the ability to laugh at oneself. The book aims to help readers find the “lighter” side of life after a cancer diagnosis and provide tips and strategies for coping with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer. The book is filled with persistence, positive thinking, and the ability to laugh at oneself. It is a guide to help readers understand and manage their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
“There’s No Place Like Hope” is a guidebook by Vickie Girard, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with terminal Stage IV breast cancer and given six months to live. Despite this, she fought not only her cancer but also the insurance company who refused to cover her treatment. The book provides practical guidance for those facing a cancer diagnosis, with easy-to-digest chapters covering diagnosis, treatment, coping, and recovery. It includes tips and strategies for managing the emotional and practical aspects of cancer, as well as advice on how to maintain a positive attitude and build a strong support system. Girard’s story of determination, fearlessness, and purpose serves as an inspiration for readers and aims to empower them on their cancer journey.
“What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope”
Edited by Julie K. Silver, MD
“What Helped Get Me Through” is an award-winning book edited by breast cancer survivor, Dr. Julie K. Silver. It is a collection of practical advice and wisdom from hundreds of cancer survivors from all over the world, including noted celebrities such as Scott Hamilton, Carly Simon, and Lance Armstrong. The book offers a range of perspectives and strategies for coping with a cancer diagnosis and provides hope and inspiration to readers on their cancer journey. It is a powerful resource for anyone facing cancer, providing a wealth of knowledge and support from those who have been there before.
“A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer”
By Mary Elizabeth Williams
“A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles” is a memoir by Mary Elizabeth Williams, a journalist and cancer survivor. The book tells the story of her personal journey with advanced melanoma, including her experience with experimental treatment, her fears and vulnerabilities, and the support of her loved ones. The book also explores the broader issues surrounding cancer treatment and the medical profession, and is a powerful and inspiring story of hope and determination in the face of adversity. Additionally, the book also reflects on the loss of a close friend who was diagnosed with cancer at the same time but did not survive, highlighting the indiscriminate nature of the disease.
“Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin’s Disease”
By Charlotte Jacobs, M.D.
“Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin’s Disease” is a book by Charlotte Jacobs, M.D. that tells the story of Dr. Henry Kaplan, a pioneering radiation oncologist, and his role in the development of treatment for Hodgkin’s disease. The book provides an in-depth look at the history of Hodgkin’s treatment, the challenges faced by doctors and researchers in the field, and the impact of Dr. Kaplan’s work on the survival rates of patients with Hodgkin’s disease. It also delves into the personal story of Dr. Kaplan, including his family, his patients, and his contributions to the field of radiation oncology. The book provides a unique perspective on the history of cancer treatment and the role of one individual in advancing the field
“CancerKid Grown: The battle of long term childhood cancer survivorship”
By Heather Flint Ford, O.D.
“CancerKid Grown” is a book written by Heather Flint Ford, a long-term childhood cancer survivor. It tells the story of her own journey with cancer as an infant, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond, and provides an in-depth look at the unique challenges faced by childhood cancer survivors as they grow into adulthood. The book covers a wide range of topics, including the physical and emotional effects of treatment, the impact of cancer on relationships and career choices, and the ongoing need for follow-up care and support. Throughout the book, Ford shares her personal insights and experiences, as well as tips and advice for other cancer survivors and their families. It is a powerful and inspiring account of the resilience and determination of those who have faced cancer at a young age and are now grown up.
“Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted”
By Suleika Jaouad
“Between Two Kingdoms” is a memoir written by Suleika Jaouad, a young adult cancer survivor. The book recounts her experiences with cancer, from the initial diagnosis and treatment to the aftermath and the long-term effects of the disease. Through a series of powerful essays, Jaouad reflects on the lessons she learned and the ways in which her diagnosis transformed her understanding of life, love, and friendship. She shares her struggles with isolation, depression, and uncertainty, as well as the unexpected moments of grace, beauty, and connection that helped her to find hope and meaning in the face of adversity. The book is an honest and moving account of one woman’s journey through the experience of cancer, and will resonate with anyone who has faced a serious illness.