Book Recommendations From Cancer Survivors

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By: Mary Brolley, MD Anderson Staff Writer

Look around a clinic's or physician's waiting room and you'll see that reading remains a favorite way for patients and caregivers to pass the time.

For avid readers, a bright side of cancer treatment is that it may provide extended stretches of time for plunging into a book.

Our colleagues at OncoLog recently ran a story on books cancer patients and survivors would recommend to others to help them during their cancer journey.

The top choice of the more than 100 Anderson Network members surveyed was the Bible. It was credited with providing guidance and inspiration and shoring up faith, hope and strength.

A number of respondents also cited Lance Armstrong's "It's Not About the Bike" and Bernie Siegel's "Love, Medicine and Miracles."

Two other books about cancer were quite popular: "Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book" and "Anticancer: An New Way of Life" by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.

Some respondents were drawn to the self-help section, and listed books on meditation and relaxation. And many reported that they greatly enjoyed books that had nothing to do with what they were going through, such as the Harry Potter series, mystery novels and humor books.

Which books helped you during your cancer experience? We welcome your comments at the top of the post.

Read the full article House Call: Books Provide Comfort, Guidance, Relaxation in OncoLog

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Hi Mary, both my parents are cancer survivors, and I've worked in cancer research for many years. I recently read Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee's very captivating and informative book called "The Emperor of all Maladies". It is a wonderful and rich telling of the history and trajectory of cancer. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about cancer.

He actually won the Pulitzer for it and I was able to interview him and blogged about it. You can find out more here:


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