City of Hope assembled the following selection of helpful books for patients, caregivers and others dealing with hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and cancer in general. Each title has a link to enable easy purchase through Amazon.com.
Thomas' Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (2004)
By Stephen J. Forman, Karl G. Blume, E. Donnall Thomas
A comprehensive resource for all hematologists, oncologists, pathologists, pediatricians and immunologists, this book combines the knowledge of more than 170 international specialists. This book offers extensive coverage of HCT from history to future views; experimental research and clinical applications. The new edition contains 10 new chapters.
American Cancer Society's Informed Decisions: The Complete Book of Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery
By Gerald P. Murphy, Lois B. Morris, Dianne Lange
From detection to recovery, "Informed Decisions" covers everything from cancer causes and risks to screening and diagnostic tests and treatment strategies. For anyone diagnosed with cancer, this authoritative volume is a supreme gift of personal power.
50 Essential Things to Do When the Doctor Says It's Cancer
By Greg Anderson
A cancer survivor offers readers 50 proactive steps to take when confronted with a cancer diagnosis, covering diet, treatment programs and the importance of a healthy attitude in healing.
A Cancer Survivor's Almanac: Charting Your Journey
By Barbara Hoffman (Editor), National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Fitzhugh Mullan
No cancer journey is easy. This book, however, provides the information, understanding, support and resources to help dispel the myths and improve the quality of life with, through and beyond cancer. Written by the survivors and professionals who founded the cancer survivorship movement, "A Cancer Survivor’s Almanac" provides essential up-to-date, practical information on medical, legal, personal and employment issues during and after cancer treatment.
Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul: 101 Healing Stories About Those Who Have Survived Cancer
By Jack Canfield (Editor)
For years, the inspirational "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books have been the gift of choice for anyone seeking comfort. These empowering volumes not only help individuals pass the time enjoyably, the positive messages they contain actually help patients' healing by improving their attitudes and putting smiles on their faces. This heartfelt volume contains a special batch of "Chicken Soup" devoted stories of people who are beating cancer and finding renewed meaning in their lives.
Beyond Miracles: Living With Cancer: Inspirational and Practical Advice for Patients and Their Families
By Stephen P. Hersh
Written by a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of cancer, this book helps bring back a sense of control with its up-to-date information, insights into the changing health-care system, and specific advice. It includes information on how to manage stress and pain, how to communicate with your doctor, what to eat, and approaches to alternative treatments. The book also deals with such life issues as sexuality, living with uncertainty, and spirituality in a time of profound crisis.
Cancer Resources on the Internet
By M. Sandra Wood (Editor), Eric P. Delozier (Editor)
A brief primer on locating and evaluating cancer information on the Internet, including Web sites, peer support groups and chat rooms.
The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan: The Right Foods to Help Fuel Your Recovery
By Daniel W. Nixon, Vincent T. DeVita (Forward)
Daniel W. Nixon, M.D., editor-in-chief of the journal Cancer Prevention, cuts through the hype to explain the latest scientific findings on food and cancer. He presents individualized eating plans according to the type of cancer and offers a three-month plan to benefit the person with cancer. Over 100 recipes help put the plan into action.
Cancer Survivor's Nutrition & Health Guide: Eating Well and Getting Better During and After Cancer Treatment
By Gene A. Spiller, Bonnie Bruce
This is a jargon-free, user-friendly approach to solving one of the toughest aspects of cancer treatment – maintaining a healthy diet when nothing looks or tastes good. Menu plans and meal suggestions are offered for the days before and after chemo or radiation treatment, in addition to comfort foods infused with added nutrients, and how to include protective nutrients in the diet.
Centered by a Miracle: A True Story of Friendship, Football and Life
By Steve Rom, Rod Payne
When sportswriter Steve Rom was diagnosed with leukemia, former Super Bowl champ Rod Payne set aside his post-football career to team with his friend in the battle of a lifetime. With sports sidelined and HCT centerfield, the pair focus on friendship and the belief that anything is possible.
Resources for Caregivers
Caregiving: A Step-By-Step Resource for Caring for the Person with Cancer at Home
By Peter S. Houts, Julia A. Bucher, American Cancer Society
This helpful guide offers support through the myriad situations the caregiver may face, from physical and emotional conditions, dealing with health care providers and insurance carriers, to taking care of his or her own needs as well as those of the person with cancer.
When the Focus is on Care: Palliative Care and Cancer
By Kathleen M. Foley, Anthony Back, Eduardo Bruera, Nessa Coyle, Matthew J. Loscalzo, John L. Shuster, Bonnie Teschendorf, Jamie H. Von Roenn
Answers the practical questions people with cancer and their families have about progressive illness, making informed decisions, getting good medical care, and managing symptoms and side effects.
Across the Chasm: A Caregiver's Story
By Naomi L. Zikmund-Fisher
Many books have been written by bone marrow or stem cell transplant survivors, but "Across the Chasm: A Caregiver's Story" offers a unique glimpse of the transplant experience – as seen through the eyes of a caregiver.
Naomi Zikmund-Fisher was six months pregnant with her first child when she learned her husband needed a bone marrow transplant. "Across the Chasm" chronicles Zikmund-Fisher's day-to-day life, as she struggled to care for her husband, raise a young child, and maintain her sanity. She offers a vivid picture of the emotions and challenges caregivers face.