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4 Books About Surviving Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be one of the most frightening, life-altering events you’ll ever face. The day you’re diagnosed with cancer is day one on a journey of treatment and soul searching, medicine and self-discovery unlike any other. As with any journey, it helps to have a guide – someone who can help you navigate a difficult path. Books about surviving cancer are a great place to start. The following books about surviving cancer are guideposts for the journey you or a loved one has ahead. Each blends inspiration and hope with practical advice and wisdom for facing cancer.

Hope in the Face of Cancer: A Survival Guide for the Journey You Did Not Choose

Hope in the Face of CancerAmy Givler is a physician, professor of family medicine at Louisiana State University, and a cancer survivor. In her first book, Hope in the Face of Cancer, she brings you along on her journey after her cancer diagnosis, weaving in other cancer patients’ stories to form a narrative of hope, faith, encouragement and strength. Dr. Givler brings her considerable medical insight to a profoundly spiritual journey. She offers medical advice and encouraging statistics about cancer survival rates. She also discusses cancer treatment options, bringing clarity to a confusing menu of treatments – some scientifically proven, others not so. For readers anxiously coping with the realities of cancer treatment, Dr. Givler’s journey of hope is a comforting torch to light the way when faced with cancer. Few books about surviving cancer bridge the emotional and medical realities so adeptly.

Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer

Dr. Patrick Walsh and science writer Janet Farrar Worthington have a message for men: Prostate cancer can be fought. Consider this stat: More than 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Yet new treatments for prostate cancer are being discovered and tremendous progress has been made in early diagnosis. Our ability to treat prostate cancer is greater than ever. By offering advice on how to determine prostate cancer risk factors, reduce the prostate cancer risks, and weigh their prostate cancer treatment options, Walsh and Worthington offer men a practical guide to facing and fighting prostate cancer.

Everything Changes: The Insider's Guide to Cancer in Your 20's and 30's

Diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 27, Kairol Rosenthal grabbed a tape recorder and crossed the country in search of other twenty- and thirtysomething cancer survivors. What she captured was a soul-baring, vulnerable compilation of 25 stories – young men and women who stared into the heart of cancer and saw their own humanity. In a tone at once irreverent and wise beyond her years, Rosenthal raises real-world questions for young cancer patients: How will cancer affect my career? Should I still raise a family? How do I navigate the healthcare system? How do God and my cancer co-exist? While the stories in Everything Changes have a decidedly 20-something and 30-something flavor, the raw humanness Rosenthal uncovers makes this a worthy read for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis -- one of the most real books about surviving cancer you'll come across.

Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer

Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced CancerWhen writer Tamela Rich went in search of a good cause, she encountered a group of motorcyclists raising money for breast cancer research. So Rich, who had never ridden a motorcycle before, learned how to ride and joined them on a cross-country voyage of discovery and survival. Over two years on the road, Rich discovered how cancer taught survivors to re-evaluate their priorities. Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer is a poignant collection of personal tales – tales of despair and triumph. She chronicles the healing power of joy, how to ease pain through gratitude, and why sometimes fighting cancer isn’t always the best way to defeat cancer.

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