10 Books for Cancer Patients To Help Them Through Treatment

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Let these books help you or a loved one through cancer treatment.

10 Books For Cancer Patients

If a loved one is going through cancer treatments, they are tired, stressed, and likely, very overwhelmed. Be it surgery, chemo, or radiation their body is going through hell. And while there are cookbooks on cancer diets some patients need something more uplifting, funny, or inspirational. We've rounded up the best books for cancer patients to read while undergoing treatment.

1. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

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Okay, it's not related to health but that's a good thing. Distracting yourself, or your loved one from cancer treatments is one of the nicest things you can do. And Good Omens will do just that. It's hilarious and weird and if it can make someone smile then authors, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, did their jobs right. Better yet, Amazon is turning it into a television show in 2019.

2. Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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We've included this bad boy in a book round up before, but it's just that good! It's introspective and that will allow the reader to explore the journey of L-I-F-E. And in stressful, life changing situations, this book will act as a resource for spiritual and emotional help. Keep it by your bed, leave it in your purse, and highlight what means most to you, it's truly a handy guide that'll help problems both big and small.

3. I Find You in the Darkness

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For poetry fans, I Find You in the Darkness will be a welcomed addition to your reading list. Author, Alfa, spent her career in radiation therapy, studying the human body from the inside out. Thanks to her experience, this book of poetry can establish a sense of motivation during a dark time.

4. Memoir of a Debunked Woman

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Often times we feel better if we understand, or learn about someone else's journey. Even if that journey is cancer. In this memoir, Susan Gubar honestly and openly discusses her journey through ovarian cancer. She emphasizes the importance of strength, through support from family and friends, and the inner strength we all have inside of us.

5. The Patient's Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love

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If you want to be more hands on during cancer treatments, Leslie D. Michelson's book will act as a guidebook through the process. From coordinating the right doctors, to understanding treatment protocol, the Playbook will answer any confusing, daunting, or frustrating questions you might continue to have.

6. Bald in the Land of Big Hair: A True Story

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Living life everyday with pure joy is what author, Joni Rodgers set out to do. Now, in her memoir you can be reminded to do the same. With humor, honesty, and even some anger, this memoir will make any cancer patient feel less alone.

7. How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick

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Community, support, and strong relationships are some of the most important aspects of cancer treatment. If you have a parent, friend, or someone close to you who is going through cancer treatments or is about to become a cancer patient, this book is essential reading. Author, Letty Cottin Pogrebin has collected stories and opinions from experts, cancer patients, and veterans of illness to bring wisdom and "pragmatic guidance" to the public.

8. How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

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While cancer is especially hard on the patient, it also negatively affects partners, family members, and caregivers. But, How to be Sick "reminds us of our limitless inner freedom, even under high degrees of suffering and pain". Supporting the strongest person in the room is equally valuable to everyone involved.

9. Uganda Be Kidding Me

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This might be a surprising pick but hear me out. Chelsea Handler is not only a funny comedian and writer, she's experienced extreme heartache. After losing her brother at a young age, and later, her mother, she uses her humor as a coping mechanism. Handler is a perfect example of laughing your way through the ups but especially, the downs of life.

10. Birds of America

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A short collection of essays can do the mind good. Cancer treatment is long and tedious and switching up characters, stories, and themes can keep any cancer patient entertained and distracted. Lorrie Moore is just the author to do that.

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