One of the most accessible titles for caregivers written by a woman who herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s simple road map for the caregiver that provides a frank explanation of diagnosis and treatment and what the patient may experience. The book also offers helpful tips for those same caregivers on how to navigate for the patient and provide them the type of physical and emotional support that is needed to travel thru this often frustrating and frightening landscape.
Subtitled “A Biography of Cancer” the book is a fascinating and comprehensive look at the history of cancer and its treatment. It follows the timeline of cancer from its initial discovery up to present day, including its earliest theories of cause and effect along with the radical treatments used to cure it. It demonstrates the growth of knowledge and insight, and the ongoing efforts to cure using both surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. It helps reduce the overwhelming myth of cancer to the disease it is, providing clarity to both patient and caregiver.
Offering both explanation and advice, this title covers recent developments in the treatment of cancer as well as tips on how to handle it and prevent it. The first part of the book deals with the physical structure of cancer and how it develops while the second part offers nutritional and lifestyle guidance. It is written by a physician who saw both the disease and its treatment as a patient and survivor.
Although not a book, CureToday is a quarterly magazine available free for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Listed also on the Pubs ‘n Links page, this publication offers articles on the science of cancer, complementary therapies, recent news and clinical results, as well as personal stories and letters from both patients and healthcare providers. A magazine that I spend time with and always find both interesting and a revelation.
Providing some survivor street wisdom, insight, humor, and practical advice, Ms. Pogrebin offers some common sense guidelines to help friends and family dealing with cancer diagnosis and treatment. This is a practical book to offer any family member, friend or caregiver who asks the eternal question, “How can I help?” There are also suggestions as to how the patient can offer questions and answers of their own including how to ask and when to ask. A book worth reading whether you’re a current patient, survivor, or acting as a support or guide.