Cancer resources and books

Authors and Websites

  • Nancy’s List – a comprehensive list of cancer-focused resources.

    When founder Nancy Novack was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic ovarian cancer ten years ago, her doctor said: “This is very tough. You are going to have very aggressive treatments. Hang in there. I think I can help you. I am with you.”

    Nancy says, “Those four words are my favorite words in the world. They sustained me, gave me hope, and taught me the awesome power of human connection in the healing process.”

    As she went through her treatments, Nancy invited her fellow kindred spirits to share their stories, and she “made a vow” to make a difference for people living with cancer, for those who love and care for them, and, particularly, for the children who have their own cancer diagnosis or love someone who has. Her simple and profound wish was that ‘No one will ever go through cancer alone’. Nancy started by creating a list of financial resources, and then the List expanded to include information and resources delineated by diagnosis, age group, ethnic groups, and sexual orientations. Nancy says, “The very BEST section of this comprehensive website is called HOPE … where cancer patients and their loved ones have the opportunity to write honest and moving stories of their experiences living with this disease.”

    The list includes a wide range of topics from Chemobrain and Complementary Therapies to Scholarships, Sex and Survivorship. Nancy writes that someone cleverly said, “Politicos have Emily’s List; homeowners have Angie’s List; everyone else has Craig’s List. And now people with cancer have Nancy’s List.”

  • David Servan-Schreiber, MD – Anticancer: A New Way of Life

    Dr. Servan-Schreiber has been a bestseller since 2008, with a new edition showing the current developments in cancer research and offers more tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it.

  • Kris Carr – Author of Crazy, Sexy Cancer and many other books.

    Kris writes: On Valentine’s Day in 2003 I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable (yet thankfully slow-growing) stage IV cancer. This WTF moment sparked a deep desire in me to stop holding back and start participating in my well-being. Though I can’t be cured, I can still be healthy — I can still feel better, love harder and have a more joyful life. So I hit the road on a self-care pilgrimage and haven’t looked back.

  • Steve Mazan – Author of Dying to Do Letterman

    When 35-year old stand-up comedian Steve Mazan learned he had cancer, and might only have five years to live, he dedicated his life living his dream: performing comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman.

    This documentary chronicles his five-year journey, as he races his own ticking clock to achieve a nearly impossible goal. Hilarious, heart-breaking, and ultimately inspirational, Steve’s journey brings a brand-new perspective to living with cancer. This is a story that proves it’s not how much time you have, it’s what you do with it. As Steve says, ‘If you stop chasing your dreams, you’re already dead.’

  • Bill Aron – Author of New Beginnings: The Triumph of 120 Cancer Survivors 

    Bill writes: “New Beginnings: The Triumph of 120 Cancer Survivors” is the book I wish had existed when I was diagnosed with cancer. A book that told enough stories so that I would identify with more than one. A book with enough diagnoses and ages so that I would find more than one like me. A book with enough hope so that even I would find inspiration.

  • Mark Roby – Author of  Lifelines to Cancer Survival

    Diagnosed in 2002 with one of the rarest liver sarcomas in the world, Roby knew he was up against the wall after clinicians from around the country predicted a short life span and offered only palliative chemotherapy. Besides radically changing his diet, he knew that he would have to go way beyond the standard of care if he wanted to survive. Roby became an incessant researcher, looking for advanced and novel testing of his tumor, along with searching for eclectic clinicians who could offer him cutting-edge therapies.

    A researcher from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston became his guide and ally, mentoring him with crucial strategies that are still keeping him alive. These strategies involved building his own backup plans, studying his tumors (genetic) fingerprint, and accessing target therapies. Additionally, he used integrated modalities and nutritional approaches which he developed. In 2009, he underwent a liver transplant at The Cleveland Clinic. Finally, Roby has compiled these tools into his new book Lifelines to Cancer Survival.

Articles

Resources

Anticancer: A New Way of Life

by David Servan-Schreiber, MD

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Second Edition: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

2nd Edition of one of the most popular books for cancer-related nutrition by Rebecca Katz...

A Meditation to Promote Successful Surgery

Belleruth Naparstek’s Healing Journey’s surgery meditation helps listeners imagine a safe and comfortable operation and recovery, complete with hypnotic suggestions and imagery of positive outcomes...

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips

Kris Carr writes: On Valentine’s Day in 2003 I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable (yet thankfully slow-growing) stage IV cancer. This WTF moment sparked a deep desire in me to stop holding back and start participating in my well-being. Though I can’t be cured, I can still be healthy — I can still feel better, love harder and have a more joyful life. So I hit the road on a self-care pilgrimage and haven’t looked back.

Dying to Do Letterman

When 35-year old stand-up comedian Steve Mazan learned he had cancer, and might only have five years to live, he dedicated his life living his dream: performing comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman...

Healing Yoga Retreats after a Cancer Diagnosis: Part II with Lee Majewski, Yoga Therapist and Cancer Survivor

Part 2 of Lee Majewski's 2 Part Article on how Yoga Therapy Retreats Empower Patients after a Cancer Diagnosis...

Hypnotherapy for Healing after Cancer with Norman Plotkin, CHt

Norman Plotkin is a certified hypnotherapist, former lobbyist and cancer survivor who has found his passion for helping people through coaching, practicing hypnotherapy, speaking, and writing around wellness, healing and recovery...

Lifelines to Cancer Survival: A New Approach to Personalized Care

Mark Roby – Author of Lifelines to Cancer Survival

Diagnosed in 2002 with one of the rarest liver sarcomas in the world, Roby knew he was up against the wall after clinicians from around the country predicted a short life span and offered only palliative chemotherapy. Besides radically changing his diet, he knew that he would have to go way beyond the standard of care if he wanted to survive. Roby became an incessant researcher, looking for advanced and novel testing of his tumor, along with searching for eclectic clinicians who could offer him cutting-edge therapies...

Livestrong. Guidebook, Planner and Journal

An organizing system for your healthcare information...

New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors

Photographer, author and cancer survivor Bill Aron writes that cancer forces people to put their lives on hold, and his new book, New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors, explores the question of what happens during the silent phase after treatment ends...

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster with Relaxation and Quick Start CD: A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques

Mental/Emotional Care Before and After Surgery...

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Preparing for a Mastectomy and Other Surgeries

When finding out how best to prepare for surgery and other aspects of cancer treatment, who better to ask than those who have gone through it? This article provides a list of things to consider before cancer surgery including suggestions from cancer patients and survivors, as well as many from oncology-focused health and wellness professionals...

Preparing for a Successful Surgery

Guided imagery exercises for relaxation & accelerated healing...

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

by Dr. Kelly A. Turner

Safer Skin Products for Cancer Care: Spotlight with Britta Aragon, Author and Founder of CV Skinlabs™

Our Oncology Skin Care expert at the Integrative Cancer Review, Geralyn O’Brien, often recommends the gentle CV Skinlabs™ products for people going through cancer care, so we wanted to provide more information on this company, and their founder, Britta Aragon, a cancer survivor, author and safe skin care expert.

Britta developed CV Skinlabs™ in response to a need for effective and non-toxic skin care solutions...

The Dance: A Story of Love, Faith, and Survival

In The Dance: A Story of Love, Faith, and Survival, Joan Aubele shares her cancer journey: As a 29-year old mother of three, she was diagnosed with stage four Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and told to make her funeral arrangements and say goodbye to her family. That was in 1990.

Joan eventually published her story in 2015...

Yoga Therapy Retreats Empower Patients after a Cancer Diagnosis, with Yoga Therapist and Cancer Survivor, Lee Majewski

Part 1 of Lee Majewski's 2 Part Article on how Yoga Therapy Retreats Empower Patients after a Cancer Diagnosis...