Recommended Readings: Articles and Texts


Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) during Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond

Author: Marc Silver. Published 2004.  Available at  43 of 44 reviewers rated this  5 or 4 stars.

A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors

This book compiled of short stories of hope, courage, and triumph provides courage against the struggle one encounters against breast.  Reviewers advise this produces a tearful response, so may be best not to read this book in public.

The Journey Through Cancer

The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person, by medical oncologist Jeremy Geffen, MD, FACP is the product of years of experience observing the challenges, personal growth, and triumphs of his cancer patients and their loved ones.  Dr. Geffen has continued his mission to serve cancer survivors through the creation of  "The Seven Levels oh Healing" program -- described in detail in this book-- which provides clear and inspiring guidance for addressing the physical, mental, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual dimensions of the cancer journey.  

When a Parent Has Cancer, by Wendy S. Harpham, MD

"With this book, and it companion guide for children,  Wendy Harpham has given all parents diagnosed with cancer bountiful, practical advice on how to cope and even to thrive in their relationship with their children."  - Ellen Stovall, Executive Director, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life, by Wendy S. Harpham, MD

"This is a must read for anyone  coping with the aftermath of cancer treatments, as well as for their friends and families."

- Publishers Weekly

Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor by Wendy S. Harpham, MD

"Wendy Harpham speaks to people with illness with an authenticity that comes through in shining colors.  She addresses the key issues with a wisdom that is sage, but also succinct.  This is a real gift for your family or friend who is seeking to become a healthy survivor."  Jimmie Holland, MD Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center

Diagnosis Cancer: Your Guide to the First Months of Healthy Survivorship by Wendy S. Harpham, MD

The Cost of Hope

" The Cost of Hope is a personal and insightful glimpse into how high-priced medicines and expensive technologies burden this nation's health care system but at the same time afford patient and their families precious added time together."  Read more in this Book Review in The ASCO Post, Volume 3, # 15, October 15, 2012, p. 94

Just Get Me Through This !

This book provides practical advice for breast cancer survivors as they face the beginning of diagnosis and treatment.  The book is filled with helpful suggestions for what can be a complicated journey.  Author: Cohen, Deborah H.

Picture Your Life After Cancer

This book of photos and essays was compiled by authors from The New York Times who sought to catalog in pictures what life is like following the diagnosis of cancer.  The book is published by The American Cancer Society.

The End of Your Life Book Club

Author Will Schwalbe tells the story of a family member being treated for a fatal cancer.  The book includes end of life discussions, and helps the survivors approach life after their loss, just as the book assists those in the dying process.

Divine Secrets of the TA-TA Sisterhood

Joanna Chapman brings a fresh, witty, humorous, and at times sarcastic view of her experience with breast cancer, as a five year survivor.  Sample this : " I get annoyed with Pollyanna-ish survivors who say their cancer was a gift.  If it's a gift, it's a tacky, passive-aggressive one..... I didn't need cancer to teach me a life lesson.  Even so, the experience wasn't completely negative.  Important relationships grew stronger.  I stumbled over things to laugh about in the most unexpected places, my wacky and irreverent perspective carrying me through the toughest times."

Joanna Chapman's book becomes available for purchase in June, 2013.  When available, this site will link to an online purchasing website.