Books & Other Resources
Understanding Your or Your Loved One's Cancer/Coping with Illness
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions when you're at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer
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.
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.
Navigating Breast Cancer: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
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.
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.
Little Bright Book Educational Series
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.
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.