Reading List for Cancer
Comprehensive Cancer Centers understands that one of the more difficult aspects with a cancer diagnosis comes from the realization that a diagnosis extends beyond a patient’s own needs. A patient’s treatment and recovery often effect the entire family. It’s important for the entire family to have an understanding of what the other person might be thinking or feeling throughout the journey, so we’ve come up with a reading list to help navigate these times.
Communicating a Cancer Diagnosis to Family
When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, the patient often asks about how to best share the tough news with loved ones. When it comes to patients who have children it’s very helpful to have access to resources to help explain the news, from diagnosis and treatment and through to recovery.
The physicians, providers and staff at Comprehensive are experienced in helping patients find ways to communicate a cancer diagnosis with their children and caregivers. An important part of the team’s recommendations in that patients uses as many resources as possible to find the right approaches, with many of them now easily accessible online. Additionally, we encourage caregivers to find books and other resources to help them navigate their own feelings about their loved one’s diagnosis.
Everyone reacts to challenges in different ways, so there is never a single roadmap that people can use to discuss cancer with children or other family members, so finding as many resources as possible is very important. Resources can include other people you know with cancer, online resources such as social media groups, blogs, podcasts and books.
The following is a reading list and other resources that the team at Comprehensive Cancer finds helpful for patients, children and caregivers:
Books for Cancer Patients
- Cancer: What I Wish I Had Known When I Was First Diagnosed: Tips and Advice from a Survivor
- Chicken Soup for the Cancer Survivor’s Soul: 101 Healing Stories About Those Who Have Survived Cancer
- The Cancer Poetry Project 2: More Poems by Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them
- Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
- The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love
- Down Easy: A cookbook for those with swallowing difficulties
Books for Children of Cancer Patients
- Mommy Has a Boo-Boo: Explaining Breast Cancer to Children
- George the Sun Safe Superstar
- Sunny Goes to the Beach: A Children’s Book on Sun Safety
- When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide to Help Kids Cope
- The Brave Guide to Cancer: A journal for kids whose parents have cancer – workbook on emotions around diagnosis and treatment
- How Do You Care for Your Very Sick Bear
Books for Caregivers
- The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own
- Daily Comforts for Caregivers
- And in Health: A Guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together
- Couples Confronting Cancer
- Caregiving: A Shared Journey
- The Human Side of Cancer: Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty
Podcasts about Cancer
Blogs about Cancer
Beyond media resources, the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers is always available to help navigate discussions about cancer with their children and other family members. This can be done on the phone or during treatment and follow up appointments.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary medicine, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research at several Southern Nevada cancer centers and offices. The practice’s specialized physician and nursing staff offers sophisticated diagnostic tools, the latest advances in cancer treatment, a full range of innovative, exclusive services and research-based care in a supportive and caring environment.
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for cancer, blood disorders, breast health conditions and pulmonary disease. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, call 702-952-3350.
The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.