Books & Other Resources

Understanding Your or Your Loved One's Cancer/Coping with Illness

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Gilda's Disease     Gilda's Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer
By M. Steven Piver

Written by a renowned cancer surgeon, this book discusses signs, symptoms and types of ovarian cancer, diagnostic and genetic screening, stages of the disease, treatment, and prevention. Information is shared as a personal story of a man whose wife suffered from ovarian cancer.

 Genetic Counseling - Books - The Chronic Illness Workbook     The Chronic Illness Workbook: Strategies and Solutions for Taking Back Your Life
By Patricia A. Fennell

A self-help book for individuals diagnosed with a chronic illness, helping individuals integrate illness into their lives. This workbook helps patients overcome the challenges of living with an illness and offers support on physical, psychological, social, and economic aspects of illness.

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Straight Talk about Breast Cancer     Straight Talk about Breast Cancer: From Diagnosis to Recovery - A Guide for the Entire Family
By Suzanne W. Braddock

An informative book written by a physician after learning she had breast cancer. It is easy to read and provides information on diagnosis, coping, treatment, surgery. There is also a brief section on hereditary cancer.

 Genetic Counseling - Books - ACS Guide to Colorectal Cancer     American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Colorectal Cancer
By the American Cancer Society

This book is an excellent resource of information for colorectal cancer patients and their families. Extensive information is provided on prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, screening, care giving, and coping with colorectal cancer.

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Living with Colon Cancer     Living with Colon Cancer: Beating the Odds
By Eliza W. Livingston

A helpful and inspiring book written by a colon cancer patient. Provides a wealth of practical information about colon cancer including surgery, chemotherapy, and colostomy. Information helps patients cope with the challenges of the disease and serve as an emotional support.

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Positive Results  

Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions when you're at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer
By Joi L. Morris, Ora K. Gordon, M.D.

This book is a collaboration between a BRCA2 carrier and a medical geneticist. This book is described as one part memoir, three parts "how-to" manual which includes Joi's account of navigating the decision-making maze as well as the helpful guidebook she so desperately wanted at the start of her journey. It includes a wealth of information about the BRCA genes and recent screening and surgical techniques.

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Facing the Breast Cancer Gene  

Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions
By Dina Roth Port

This book was written for "previvors," or women at high-risk for breast and ovarian cancer due to a BRCA mutation or a family history. It includes the personal experiences and decision-making processes of five women. It is designed to be a decision-making tool for previvors regarding genetic testing, screening, risk-reducing surgeries and more. 

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Navigating Breast Cancer  

Navigating Breast Cancer: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
By Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS

This book was written by the Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. It is designed to empower individuals diagnosed with breast cancer with information so they can participate confidently in the planning of their treatment.  

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Inspiring story about love, loss, and survival  

What We Have: One Family's Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival
By Amy Boesky

This is a memoir by a woman who grew up with fear of ovarian cancer, because many women in her family were diagnosed in their 40s. It is a moving and inspiring story which chronicles her experience with living at high risk for ovarian cancer.  

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Little Bright Book Educational Series  

Little Bright Book Educational Series
By The Bright Pink Organization

This is a book series created to provide medical professionals with a tool to engage young women in the conversation of breast and ovarian cancer risk and how to be proactive with their health. The series includes books geared toward young women at high risk for cancer, women who have been diagnosed with cancer, and young African-American, Latina, and LGBQ women.  

 Genetic Counseling - Books - Pretty in What Changes  

Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny
By Jessica Queller

This book is written by a young screen writer, who has written for many hit television shows. Her mother died of ovarian cancer, and Queller was found to be a carrier of a BRCA mutation. This book chronicles her decisions surrounding being a carrier of a BRCA mutation, including her decision to have a prophylactic double mastectomy.