What’s on your Bookshelf?

Good Reads for Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 1:32pm

Cancer patients and their families and friends may look for books that offer hope, encouragement, and guidance. Our experts at Roswell Park put together this reading list full of insightful and educational books to help those living with or around cancer find comfort and inspiration when it’s most needed.

Here are a few of their selections:

For Caregivers

“Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know” by Lori Hope

“The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress” by Val Walker

“Their Cancer, Your Journey” by Anne Orchard 


“Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor” and “Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips” by Kris Carr

“Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s” by Kairol Rosenthal

“Finding the Can in Cancer” by Nancy Emerson, Pam Leight, Susan Moonan and Terri Schinaz

“Planet Cancer: The Frequently Bizarre Yet Always Informative Experiences and Thoughts of Your Fellow Natives” by Heidi Schultz Adams and Christopher Schultz

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


“Humor After the Tumor: One Woman’s Look at Her Year with Breast Cancer” by Patty Gelman

“Live Strong: Inspirational Stories from Cancer Survivors-from Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyond” by The Lance Armstrong Foundation

“Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Harcourt School Publishers

“Survival Lessons” by Alice Hoffman

“The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness” by Jerome Groopman, MD

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

“Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy” by Geralyn Lucas

Nutrition & Wellness

“Eating Well, Staying Well, During and After Cancer” by Abby Bloch

“Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations During & After Treatment” by Holly Clegg and Gerald Miletello, MD

“One Bite at a Time” and “The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen” by Rebecca Katz

“Soft Foods for Easier Eating Cookbook: Easy-to-Follow Recipes for People Who Have Chewing and Swallowing Problems” by Sandra Woodruff and Leah Gilbert-Henderson

Religion & Spirituality

“It's Not About the Hair and Other Certainties of Life and Cancer” by Debra Jarvis

“Love, Medicine & Miracles” by Bernie Siegel, MD

“The Healing Power of Humor” by Allen Klein

“When God & Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib

Here are also some books that our Facebook and Twitter followers recommend:

“Beloved Spirit: Pathways to Love, Grace and Mercy” and “Healing Light: Thirty Messages of Love, Hope, and Courage” by Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave

“Fighting Cancer with the Help of Your Catholic Faith” by Lorene Hanley Duquin 

"There's No Place like Hope: A Guide to Beating Cancer in Mind-sized Bites” by Vickie Girard