Breast Health Resources in the Ben Franklin Center Medical Library

Materials available in the Medical Library at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine

A Breast Cancer Journey: Your Personal Guidebook, American Cancer Society, 2001.

Book Description
Consumer text presenting current information about diagnosis, treatment options, and the path ahead. Includes quotes, practical tips, tools for family and friends, detailed questions to ask the doctor, and space for personal notes.

A Morning Cup of Yoga, Jane Goad Trechsel, Crane Hill Publishers, 2002.

Book Description
This simple routine of stretches is for beginner to advanced.  The 15-minute routine addresses most major muscle groups.  Before beginning this or any exercise program consult your medical provider. CD included.

After Breast Cancer: Answers to the Questions You're Afraid to Ask, Musa Mayer, Patient-Centered Guides, 2003.

Book Description
Author and 14 year breast cancer survivor Musa Mayer breaks the silence surrounding recurrence to talk frankly about the feelings of uncertainty and fear that breast cancer patients commonly face when their treatment ends, and for years thereafter. She reviews scientific literature (and debunks some commonly cited myths) by giving survival statistics corrected for current treatments and diagnostic profiles. She explains what is known about the benefits of follow-up visits and testing. Devoting several chapters to emotional recovery, she offers advice about how to tackle these fears through information and support. Throughout the book are the warm and wise voices of over 40 other women who have been through this same tough journey of tears, fears and triumph.


After Cancer, A Guide To Your New Life, Wendy Harpham, M.D., HarperPerennial, 1995.

Book Description
Surviving cancer is more than killing cancer cells and getting through treatment.  This book speaks to the issues faced after cancer treatments.  It is a must read for patients, families and friends.  Dr. Harpham blends practical information with the intimate understanding of a veteran.

Alternative Cures, Bill Gottlieg, Rodale, 2002.

Paperback: 716 pages

Book Description
In this unique book, 300 of America's best alternative oriented M.D.'s, herbalists, nutritionists, naturopaths, homeopaths, and other holistic healers reveal their most effective natural remedies for 160 everyday and serious health problems.

American Cancer Society's Complementary and Alternative Cancer Methods Handbook, American Cancer Society, 2002.

Book description provided from the back of the book:
This extensive resource guide covers a broad range of topics including herbs, vitamins, minerals, diets, manual healing, and alternative treatment methods.  Presents current trends, safety and regulatory issues, insurance coverage, and American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for using complementary and alternative methods.  Provides a thorough review and evaluation of each method by experts in the field written in clear, understandable language Encyclopedic-type format for easy reading and quick reference.

American Indian Healing Arts, E. Barrie Kavasch, Karen Baar, Bantaam Books, 1999.

Book Description
A blend of plant lore, history, and living tradition that draws on a lifetime of study with native healers by herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch.  Within the book are time-honored tribal rituals performed to promote good health, heal illness, and bring mind and spirit into harmony with nature.  There are more than sixty easy-to-use herbal remedies at the heart of the book.


Bathsheba's Breast Women, Cancer & History, James S. Olson, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Book Description
Historian James S. Olson provides a narrative history of breast cancer through the heroic stories of women who have confronted the disease.  Olson explores every facet of the disease: medicine's evolving understanding of its pathology and treatment options; its cultural significance; the political and economic logic that has dictated the terms of a war on a "woman's disease"; and the rise of patient activism.  Olson concludes that breast cancer has finally lost much of the stigma that has prevented women and men alike from sharing their experiences of this mysterious and deadly foe.

Betty Crocker's Living with Cancer Cookbook: Easy Recipes and Tips through Treatment and Beyond ,Kris Ghosh, Linda Carson, Elyse Cohen, Betty Crocker, 2002.

Book Description
Good nutrition is vital to people undergoing cancer treatment, yet treatment side effects can make eating seem unappealing. Now Betty Crocker, two oncologists, and a nutritionist bring back the joy of eating to people undergoing cancer treatment with delicious recipes that are nutritious and easy to make. A thoughtful, practical gift for patients and families coping with cancer, the book includes:

  • 130 recipes, from breakfasts and snacks to dinners and desserts, like Extra-Easy Baked Ziti, Fettuccine with Asparagus and Mushrooms and Country Blueberry Cobbler
  • Advice from cancer patients, from coping with the emotional roller coaster to making recipes more appealing
  • Recipes tagged to show which are helpful for the most common side effects of cancer treatment, plus special diet menus to help with them
  • "Q and A" between Dr. Ghosh and cancer patients about how to handle the effects of cancer treatment
  • An easy 7-day menu plan based on eating small meals six times a day -- just right for patients in treatment
  • Cancer resource guide, nutrition and medical glossary

Breast (2-Vol Set), Bland, Kirby, Ed., Brandon/Hill 2004.

Book Description
The 3rd edition of this comprehensive reference on benign and malignant breast disease with new chapters and revisions offers readers a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.  World-renowned contributors from a broad range of specialties deliver unparalleled, step-by-step guidance in every chapter.  Key Features Offers step-by-step clinical guidance.  Reviews relevant anatomy, physiology, morphology, and laboratory and clinical techniques for each disease.  Makes further research easy with thorough cross-referencing between chapters and references to carefully selected journal articles, monographs, and major reference texts.

Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention--The World's Foremost Authorities on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Offer Advice on Healing ,Mary, MD Tagliaferri, Isaac Cohen, Debu Tripathy, Isac Cohen, Pocket Star, 2002.

Book Description
This guide resource lays out all of the traditional and alternative approaches available today.

Assembling a "dream team" of breast cancer experts -- Dean Ornish, Susan Love, Rachel Remen, Michael Lerner, and Jon Kabat-Zinn among them -- the editors of this indispensable reference encourage readers to work with their practitioners as they consider a variety of approaches, all explained here in clear, no technical language. Readers will discover:

  • How to find the right caregiver and best complement conventional medical treatment with alternative medicine
  • How to be "healed" without necessarily being "cured"
  • How to incorporate traditional Chinese medicine -- including herbs, qigong, and acupuncture
  • The right diet to choose, no matter the form of treatment; why soy products should be a staple of the diet; plus fifteen delicious recipes to sample
  • The best vitamins, minerals, and natural foods, and the specific benefits -- and possible dangers -- of each.

    In addition, the experts shed fight on the merits of spiritual treatments, from meditation and directed prayer to the powerful mystery of the "will to live."

    The guide is capped off with an encyclopedic appendix of helpful Web sites; state-by-state lists of cancer centers and national support organizations; even recommended audiotapes, CDs, and books. Offering up-to-the-minute authoritative research, informative case histories, a plan for action, and, above all, hope.

Breast Cancer, Society Shapes an Epidemic, Dr. Susan Love, Anne S. Kasper, Ph.D. and Susan J. Ferguson, Ph.D., Palgrave, 2002.

Book Description
This book explores the social and political contexts of breast cancer.  This is a book about how economics, politics, gender, social class, and race-ethnicity have affected the science behind breast cancer research, spurred the growth of a breast cancer industry, generated media representations of the disease, and defined and influenced women's experiences with breast cancer.  Chapter on the history of breast cancer, the health care system, the environment, the marketing of breast cancer treatments, and the health advocacy movement, among others, reveal the complex social forces that have constructed our collective and individual responses to breast cancer.


Breast Cancer:  Strategies for Husbands to Support Their Wives, Jim Eckmann, Nehemiah Publishing House Inc., 1995.

Book Description
This story of one couple's journey provides tips for helping your partner, yourself and your family through the breast cancer experience.


Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide, Yashar Hirshaut, Peter I. Pressman, Bantam, 2000.

Book Description
Written by two renowned authorities who specialize in the treatment of breast cancer, a surgeon and an oncologist, this lucid step-by-step guide has established itself as the indispensable book women need to make informed decisions about the care that is right for them.

Because there have been many important changes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in the last few years, this fully revised Third Edition contains information on the latest developments in the field, including:

  • new diagnostic procedures
  • changes in the treatment of in situ cancer
  • improved surgical techniques
  • gene testing
  • sequencing radiation and chemotherapy
  • HER-2Neu (Herceptin)
  • tamoxifen for prevention
  • bone marrow and stem cell transplants
  • and more

Breast Cancer, The Facts You Need to Know about Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond, Pat Kelly, Dr. Mark Levine, FireFly Books, 2002.

Book Description
A complex illness, breast cancer affects all aspects of a woman's life: her physical health and future well-being, her primary relationships, her children, her self-esteem, her sexuality.

This informative book serves to enlighten and empower women who have breast cancer, while providing valuable information and insight for those who love them. The book's topics include:

  • Finding out you have breast cancer
  • How to get help and find information
  • Working with your doctors
  • The emotional aspects of the disease
  • Treatment options: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
  • Physical side effects of treatment
  • Nurturing yourself and your relationships
  • Follow-up care
  • What to expect after treatment ends
  • Recurrence

Written with honesty and compassion, this book offers women and those who love them a blueprint for taking a proactive part in their treatment and healing.

Cancer, 50 Essential Things to Do, Greg Anderson, Plume,1999.

Book Description
This informative book was designed for use hand-in-hand with your own medical treatment.  It is an  invaluable guide to recovery filled with practical, healing "action steps" that have been followed by thousands of cancer survivors.  In this revised and updated edition, you'll discover:  The ten life-saving questions to ask your doctor; the first call to make after you have been diagnosed; how to chose the best course of treatment and new options for complimentary and alternative treatments.


Cancer, An Integrative Approach Combining Conventional And Alternative Therapy For Treating The Whole Person, John A. Catanzaro, N.D., Health & Healing Press, 2000.

Book Description
This book provides an introduction to the wellness and health issues related to cancer and is a reference to the natural and conventional options available for treatment.  This educational material is in no way intended as a substitute for proper medical treatment and/or medical counseling.

Cancer Has Its Privileges Stories of Hope and Laughter, Christine Clifford, The Berkley Publishing Group, 2002

Book Description
Cancer survivor and founder of The Cancer Club®, Christine Clifford has been sharing her inspiring, humorous outlook on living with cancer with thousands of cancer patients and their families. Now she has gathered a collection of battlefield stories and anecdotes from her fellow survivors that go from the outright hilarious to the downright moving, and combined them with her own personal story of triumphant survival.

Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope With a Parent's Illness, Sue P. Heiney, Joan F. Hermann, Katherine V. Bruss, Joy L. Fincannon, American Cancer Society, 2001.

Book Description
This guide for families discusses ways to help young or adolescent children deal with a parent's diagnosis of cancer. Coverage includes children's emotional reactions to crisis, answering difficult questions about the condition, understanding and using psychosocial support services, talking about death, and issues for non-traditional families. The volume includes a removable workbook designed to help young children to express their feelings through art.


Cancer: What Causes It, What Doesn't, American Cancer Society, 2003.

Book Description
No one book can draw a complete picture of cancer, but this book shares much of what we know about the how and why of cancer.  What do your everyday activities and your genetic makeup have to do with cancer?  Inside, we consider cancers past, present, and future, and examine science's progress from mummies to molecular genetics.  We give you the facts you need to know about cancer risks you may inherit and those you can control.  Can you get cancer from deodorant, talcum powder, or cellular phones?  How about coffees, peanut butter, or tap water?  This book dispels myths, explain risks, and explores the ins and outs of cancer.


Celebrate: Healthy Entertaining for Any Occasion, American Cancer Society, 2001.

Book Description
Getting together for a party often means being tempted by high fat, high calorie special-occasion treats.  But you can celebrate in style without taking a break from healthy eating or delicious food.  Celebrate! Healthy Entertaining for any Occasion combines festive, fun theme menus with manageable recipes that don't sacrifice taste, including:

 

  • 20 inventive themes for out-of-the-ordinary celebrations
  • 7-10 healthy, delicious recipes per theme
  • Fun activities and decorating ideas for creative entertaining
  • Helpful and healthy cooking tips and trivia throughout

Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong , Joy L. Fincannon, Katherine V. Bruss, American Cancer Society, 2002.

Book Description
Maintaining a healthy, long-term marriage or relationship in today's society is challenging enough. When cancer enters the picture, it can become a source of further stress. It can cause people to reevaluate their lives and relationships. In this book, you'll find information about how others experience cancer, the problems it often causes, and how to resolve -- even prevent -- those problems.  This book offers hands-on tools throughout the book that can help you and your partner become closer as well as communicate more easily and truthfully with one another. Learn to cope with the demands that cancers can unexpectedly put on relationships and how to deal with cancer more successfully. This practical advice can be used to improve relationships, both during and beyond the cancer experience.

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book , Susan M.Love, M.D., Perseus Publishing; 3rd edition, 2000.

Book Description
From America's best-known authority on women's health, a new edition of the book the New York Times calls "the Bible for women with breast cancer".  New, non-invasive diagnostic techniques, new knowledge about genetics, new treatments, new alternative and complementary resources are beginning to turn breast cancer into a chronic and perhaps preventable disease. Dr. Susan Love, whose earlier work has won the trust of women all over this country and abroad, has entirely revised her indispensable guide to reflect the very latest information.  She also offers sound advice about combining alternative self-care with topnotch medical help.

Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices, Susan M.Love, M.D., Three Rivers Press, 2003.

Book Description
In the first edition of this important best-selling book, praised by Newsday as "the bible for a whole generation of menopausal women," renowned physician and pioneering women's health advocate Dr. Susan Love warned about the potential dangers of the long-term prescription of hormone replacement therapy. Her insightful words of caution have been backed up by the stunning results of the recent studies on hormone replacement.

In this revised edition, Dr. Love offers a remarkably clear set of guidelines as to what the studies have shown about the risks regarding heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and other conditions, and what effect hormone therapy has on osteoporosis. She offers definitive expert advice about whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy and, if so, for how long, as well as how to taper off hormones; and she introduces the alternative methods for treating the symptoms of menopause.

Dr. Love stresses that menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured ”it is a natural life stage, and every woman ought to choose her own mix of options for coping with symptoms. A questionnaire about your own health history and life preference helps you develop a program that will best fit your unique needs. With clarity and compassion, she walks you through every option for both the short and the long term, including:

  • lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, and stress management)
  • alternative therapies (including herbs and homeopathic remedies)
  • available medications other than hormones.

Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations During & After Treatment , Holly Clegg, Gerald Miletello MD, Holly B Clegg, 2001.

Book Description
For 15 years, Dr. Miletello, an oncologist, wanted to write a cookbook as one of the most frequently asked questions was "What should I eat?" Holly Clegg, author of the successful Trim & Terrific cookbook series has answered this question with her common sense approach to cooking and her easy, everyday recipes that has become her trademark for healthy cooking in today's hectic world.

Diet and nutrition are at the top of the list for anyone with a newly diagnosed malignancy. Patients have problems with a loss of appetite and altered taste either before or during treatment. Dr. Gerald Miletello, a practicing medical oncologist, collaborated with cookbook author, Holly Clegg to create Eating Well Through Cancer, a collection of 200 easy recipes to help cancer patients tolerate treatment. As nutritional evaluation and recommendations are daily concerns, practicing oncologist, patients, and families can benefit from this publication. In Eating Well Through Cancer, the personal experience of its author's combine to produce a cookbook that serves as a guide for nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment. Besides the recipes themselves, the book features diabetic exchanges, menu planning, high calorie variations, Doctor's Notes and a section that cross-references recipes and side effects.

Chapters are organized according to the phase of treatment and possible side effects. Additional sections are devoted to long term post treatment healthy eating as well as snacks and suggestions of foods for friends to bring those undergoing treatment. Some chapter titles are more characteristic of a medical encyclopedia, however the recipes resemble anything but hospital cafeteria fare. Although there are a few medicinal recipes from a natural laxative or a basic weight gain shake, Eating Well Through Cancer excels in presenting tasty favorite dishes with a healthy twist. Any patient undergoing chemotherapy will find this book to be an essential asset. The recipes are simple, tasty and easy to prepare. The last Chapter contains healthy nutritious recipes that are aimed at maintaining a smart healthy lifestyle.

Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors, Amy Halverstadt, Andrea Leonard, Peggy Fleming, Shawna C. Willey, Harvard Common Press, 2000.

Book Description
Overcoming the aftereffects of breast cancer could be as difficult as hearing the original diagnosis. Exercise specialists and personal trainers Halverstadt and Leonard discuss the physical effects of breast cancer surgery and treatment.  They offer stretches, warm-ups, and 90-plus exercises to improve/regain range of motion and increase strength of the affected arm. Their plan is intended to improve one's overall well being through better posture, improved lymphatic flow, weight management, and cardiovascular health through aerobics.

Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy, How Cancer is Diagnosed, Treated, and Managed Day to Day, Fourth Edition, Malin Dollinger, M.D., Ernest Rosenbaum, M.D., Margaret Tempero, M.D., Sean Mulvihill, M.D., Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002.

Book Description
Top cancer authorities describe in easily understood language the details and consequences of different  types of cancers. The authors explain what treatments are available, what they involve, and what you should do to get the best treatment in the shortest time with the least worry, discomfort and uncertainty.

This completely revised and updated version also includes Life-Saving questions to ask you doctor and how patients and families can contribute to their own well-being. 

Fatigue in Cancer: A Multidimensional Approach , Maryl Lynne Winningham, Margaret Barton-Burke, Jones & Bartlett Pub, 2000.

Book Description
The study of fatigue as a major focus in clinical practice and research is relatively new, but the editors argue that much more is known about it than most texts admit. Here two dozen essays and interviews represent the perspectives of clinically oriented people, who often go beyond the established research to report their own clinical observations and other associated phenomena. The accounts might interest cancer survivors and their families and health care providers of any type.

Fighting Cancer from Within, Martin L. Rossman, M.D., Henry Holt & Company, LLC, 2003.

Book Description
This book will show you how to use guided imagery and the mind-body connection in the cancer journey.  Dr. Rossman specifically addresses the different needs people with cancer have as they face diagnosis, treatment choices, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and other decisions.

Finding a Lump in Your Breast Where to go - What to Do, Judy C. Kneece, RN, OCN, EduCare, 2003.

Book Description
This book addresses the complex problems of breast disease, appropriate diagnostic procedures and high-risk status.  It is a useful book to all women who wish to become their own advocates.

Good for You: Reducing Your Risk of Developing Cancer, American Cancer Society, Edward T. Creagan, American Cancer Society, 2002.

Book Description
Replete with healthy advice, this guide includes knowledge quizzes, information about risk and early detection/screening strategies, resources, a glossary, and space for readers to note their action plan for lowering their risk for common forms of cancer. 

Healthy Eating for Life For Women, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2002.

Book Description
Making simple changes to your diet can significantly improve your health, from easing your menstrual and menopausal symptoms to strengthening your bones and protecting your heart. This book shows you how. Drawing from the latest medical and dietary research, Healthy Eating for Life for Women presents a complete and sensible plant-based nutrition program that will help you look and feel better, with more energy and vitality than ever before. 

Help Me to Heal, Bernie Siegel M.D., Yosaif August, Hay House, Inc., 2003.

Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer: A Guide for Parents, Peter Van Dernoot, Madelyn Case, Peter Dernoot, Hatherleigh Press, 2002.

Book Description
Author Peter van Dernoot has gathered the real-life stories and experiences of over twenty parents who have been diagnosed with cancer. They share their deepest fears and their highest hopes as they provide the reader with invaluable advice, guidance and inspiration. This is a very special gift from families affected by cancer. Children are often the silent victims of their parent's cancer. Now this inspiring and informative book fills the critical need of children at their most vulnerable moments.

Herbal Healing Secrets for Women,Laurel Vukovic M.S.W., Prentice Hall Press, 2000.

Book Description
Focusing on the specific health concerns of women over 40, Laurel Vukovic reveals the power of herbs to ease painful symptoms, prevent disease, and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.

Holding Tight, Letting Go: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, Musa Mayer, Linda Lamb, O'Reilly & Associates, 1997.

Book Description
An estimated two million Americans alive today have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Each one of them lives with the fear of recurrence.  This book on breast cancer deals honestly with the realities of metastatic disease, yet offers hope and comfort.

All aspects of dealing with the disease are covered, including:

  • Coping with the shock of recurrence
  • Seeking information and making treatment decisions
  • Communicating effectively with medical personnel
  • Managing pain and symptoms of disease progression, as well as treatment of side effects
  • Getting emotional support from other patients, friends, and family
  • Finding new ways to discover meaning in the midst of adversity
  • Handling disease progression and end-of-life issues

Frank and moving descriptions from those who have been touched by metastatic disease make their stories meaningful to anyone who faces a life-threatening illness, whether they are talking about making end-of- life decisions or keeping hope alive.

Women with metastatic breast cancer generally go on to live with their disease, often for many years. Through facing the reality and gathering information and support, the time that they have can be full and meaningful.

Of the dozens of books and other resources dealing with breast cancer, few discuss the realities of metastatic disease. "Advanced Breast Cancer" gives a voice to the side of breast cancer no one wants to hear about, with stories of extraordinary ordinary people, forced by circumstance to call on resources in themselves and their families they never knew they possessed. It remains the only book on the market to offer authoritative information and hope as it empowers those who live with the challenges of metastatic disease.

Hope Is Contagious: The Breast Cancer Treatment Survival Handbook, Margit Esser Porter, Margit Esser Porter, Norman Sadowsky, Fireside, 1997.

Book Description
Margit Esser Porter sent out questionnaires to hundreds of women who have been through treatment for breast cancer, asking them what personal advice they'd give a woman just receiving that diagnosis. Their responses, collected in this book, range from how to tie a turban and what to eat while undergoing chemotherapy to finding time for yourself and reaching out for love. Including statements from Sandra Day O'Connor, Julia Child, Linda Ellerbee, and Fran Visco; a glossary of important terms; and a resource section, Hope Is Contagious offers wisdom, hope, and inspiration from friends who've been there.

How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness, Kathleen McCue, Ron Bonn, St. Martin's Press, 1996.

Book description provided by Ingram:
This book offers supportive, practical advice from a leading child-life specialist.  The book also includes information such as what to tell a child about the illness and how to recognize early-warning signs.  Such as in a child's drawings, sleep patterns schoolwork and eating habits.  And also the signs and resources of when and where to get professional help. Illustrations & Calvin & Hobbes cartoons.

Informed Woman's Guide to Breast Health: Breast Changes That Are Not Cancer, Kerry Anne McGinn, Bull Publishing, 2001.

Book Description
Anxiety around issues of breast health can be almost as devastating as a diagnosis. In this new edition of a standard handbook, author Kerry Anne McGinn mitigates fear with fact by providing current information on changes in the breast, including data on recent discoveries of the genes BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, which may be early predictors of cancer.

Lymphedema: A Breast Cancer Patient's Guide to Prevention and Healing, Jeannie Burt, Gwen White, Judith R. Casley-Smith, Hunter House, 1999.

Book Description
This book provides clear information on what lymphedema is and why it occurs. Describes treatment procedures to suit a range of needs and emphasizes that lymphedema can be treated successfully. Covers preventing lymphedema, reducing lymphedema through professional therapy and self-massage, and more.

Love, Medicine & Miracles, Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., Quill 2002.

Book Description
Siegel, a New Haven surgeon, believes that the power of healing stems from the human mind and will, that his scalpel only buys time against cancer, and that self-love and determination are more important than choice of therapy. His philosophy has caused radical changes in his practice. Siegel recounts many arresting anecdotes: joyous stories of patients who survived against all odds, sad chronicles of those who seemingly gave up and assented to their own deaths. The author's credentials make this one of the more plausible books on the mind-body connection.

Mastering the Totalec Way A Daily Guide to Happiness, Freedom, and Joy, Dr. Susan Gregg, Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2003.

Book Description
This book shows you how to gain access to the ancient wisdom of the Toltecs each and every day.  Each of the thirteen chapters opens with a story that weaves the Toltec philosophy into modern life and concludes with twenty-eight exercises that will have you living joyfully no matter what your situation might be.  This insightful guide to an authentic Native American mystery tradition abounds with practical wisdom.

My Mother's Breast, Daughters Face Their Mothers' Cancer, Laurie Tarkan, Taylor Publishing Company,1999.

Book Description
This book explores the multitude of psychological issues that women with mothers with breast cancer think about and cope with almost daily.  The emotional issues are explored in a sensitive manner.

No More Bad Hair Days: A Woman's Journey Through Cancer, Chemotherapy and Coping, Susan Sturges Hyde, Longstreet Press, 2001.

Book Description
In the process of just looking for points of light to help her through the nightmare of her illness, Susan Hyde has compiled a book of aphorisms that will provide hope, laughter and relief to any woman suffering the pangs and pains of cancer.

Not now - I'm having a No Hair Day, Christine Clifford, University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Book Description
Christine Clifford reaches out to people with cancer from her own experience with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.  Convinced that laughter can bring healing, she takes a light-hearted look at the trials people face during diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

Our Family Has Cancer, Too! Christine Clifford, University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Book Description
Christine Clifford, author of Not Now - I'm Having a No Hair Day, the first book to offer hope and humor to cancer patients, explores the issues facing families when cancer becomes a part of life.  This book offers encouragement to talk about the disease and to truly live.

Our Bodies, Ourselves, Simon & Schuster Publishing,1998.

Book Description
In a major update of the book that helped to launch the women's health movement, Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century updates the classic with chapters on such issues as online health resources, AIDS, and managed care. At the same time, it expands its appeal by addressing the concerns of an increasingly diverse readership, from lesbians to women of color, from women with disabilities to women of all age groups.

By updating and continuing to tackle such topics as body image, sexuality, contraception, childbearing, breast cancer, and the politics of women's health, this edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves keeps giving women the power and the knowledge to take charge of their own health. It remains a valuable resource for women of all ages and backgrounds.

Our Mom Has Cancer, Abigail Ackermann, Adrienne Ackermann, American Cancer Society, 2002.

Book description provided by Card catalog:
Two sisters, ages eleven and thirteen, describe what it was like for them when their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

Paper Chain , Claire Blake, Eliza Blanchard, Kathy Parkinson, Reading level: Ages 4-8, Health Press, 1998.

Book Description
When Claire Blake was diagnosed with breast cancer, she searched in vain for books to help her young sons understand the difficult situation of serious parental illness being faced by the family. Unfortunately, she found nothing written for children trying to cope with the anxiety and upset such news brings. Claire and two friends - one a writer, one an illustrator - used Claire's insights into her sons' struggle with her illness and treatment as a guide, and created The Paper Chain, a powerful aid for children in coping with a serious illness in the family.

Peace, Love & Healing, Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., Quill, 2001.

Book Description
Originally published nearly ten years ago, Peace, Love and Healing offered the revolutionary message that we have an innate ability to heal ourselves.  Now proven by numerous scientific studies, the connection between our minds and our bodies has been increasingly accepted as fact throughout the mainstream medical community.  In a new introduction, Dr. Bernie Siegel highlights current research on the relationships among consciousness, psychosocial factors, attitude and immune function.

Portraits of Courage - Voices of Hope, A Photographic Essay of Breast Cancer Survivors , Jerry Robinov, Jerzy Karcz, The Robinov Foundation, 2001.

Book Description
What started out as a project by photographer Jerry Robinov to prove that there is life after breast cancer has grown into "Portraits of Courage - Voices of Hope". This black and white book is a moving collection of photographs and stories of 47 breast cancer survivors. The book has proven to be an inspirational vehicle for women and men fighting breast cancer, breast cancer survivors and their support networks

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis Bach and James Balch, M.D., Avery 2000.

Book Description
Prescription for Nutritional Healing by nutritionist Phyllis A. Balch and James F. Balch, M.D., has long been considered one of the most trusted, comprehensive sources on the mind-boggling array of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements now available. Working from the premise that a good diet promotes good health, this third edition of PNH still starts with the basics: consume fresh produce, grains, and lean meats; avoid foods that are processed or high in saturated fat; cook using glass, stainless steel, or iron--never aluminum; and drink filtered water. The authors also stand by their claim that the government-prescribed recommended daily allowances are ridiculously low, and that the book's optimal daily intake for nutrients should be followed instead.

In this third edition, the Balches also explore many of the newer supplements to hit the market: SAMe (recommended for depression and joint pain), phosphatidyl serine (mental acuity), red yeast rice (cholesterol), and 5-HTP (weight loss, insomnia, depression). You'll also find an expanded chapter on alternative therapies that encompasses Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, along with a hefty section on pain control that offers a grab bag of options such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, chiropractic care, and massage.

Relax, This Won't Hurt, Judith Reichman, M.D., Quill, 2001.

Book Description
This is an in-depth, decade-by-decade look at the health issues that women face, wonder about, and worry about. 

Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer by Sherry Kohlenberg, Magination, 1993.

Reading level: Ages 4-8.

Book Description
This is a warm, straightforward and sensitively illustrated story of a mother with a life threatening illness.

When Kohlenberg was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wrote this book for her young son, to help him understand what was happening to her. In spare simple language against the rich backdrop of Crow's pastels, this is a comforting guide for children facing a difficult time.  For children ages 4-8.

Surviving Breast Cancer, Margie Levine, Broadway Book, 2001.

Book Description
This is one woman's story and her inspiring program for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis.  There is a wide range of topics covered in this book  from concrete advice about dealing with doctors to suggestions for better nutrition and connecting with nature.

The Anatomy of Hope, Jerome Groopman, M.D., Random House, 2004.

Book Description
Jerome Groopman, M.D., holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is the chief of experimental medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  His research has focused on the basic mechanisms of blood disease, cancer, and AIDS.

In this book, Groopman offers a new way of thinking about hope, with a message for all readers, not only patients and their families.  "We are just beginning to appreciate hope's reach," Groopman writes, "and have not defined its limits.  I see hope as the very heart of healing."

The Breast Cancer Book of Strength and Courage: Inspiring Stories to See You Through Your Journey, Judie Fertig Panneton, Ernie Bodai, Prima Lifestyles, 2002.

Book Description
Inside this book you'll discover intimate first-person accounts of breast cancer survivors, women who confronted their diagnosis, clutched the thoughts, hopes, and encouragement already present in their daily lives, and embraced new ideas and old passions that helped sustain them during their struggle to restore their health.
Special women who dug a little deeper to climb the biggest mountain of all tell these touching personal stories. Their reassuring words are like having a welcome friend come to you in a moment of need an invaluable source of strength, wisdom, love, and laughter. Page after page, you'll learn not only how to survive, but also how to forge a powerful and positive mental attitude.

The Breast Cancer Wars, Fear, Hope, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America, Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Oxford University Press, 2001.

Book Description
In this narrative, Lerner offers a medical and cultural history of our century-long battle with breast cancer.

The Cancer Patient's Workbook, Everything You Need to Stay Organized And Informed, Joanie Willis, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2001.

Book Description
This interactive guide offers straightforward advice on living with the disease, and tips on learning about and seeking the best treatment possible.  It also offers laymen's explanations of medical terms and treatments, inspirational and humorous insights and practical guidance for facing the daily challenges.

The Journey Through Cancer: An Oncologist's Seven-Level Program for Healing and Transforming the Whole Person, Jeremy R. Geffen,Three Rivers Press, 2001.

Book Description:
The Journey Through Cancer is an essential guide for all cancer patients, their families, and their loved ones. As a board-certified oncologist, with more than ten years of experience serving as physician, guide, mentor, coach, and friend to thousands of cancer patients and their families, Dr. Jeremy Geffen has learned how cancer often challenges the mind, heart, and spirit of patients and their families as deeply --- if not more deeply --- than it challenges the physical body. Yet this simple truth is often overlooked by Western medicine as it aggressively pursues the best ways to diagnose and treat cancer. Too often physicians focus almost exclusively on the physical dimensions of the disease, rather than caring for the whole person who has the disease. Dr. Geffen presents a groundbreaking seven-level program, used at his cancer center in Florida, that addresses every dimension of the person with cancer--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

The Patient's Guide to Outstanding Breast Cancer Care, Gregory Senofsky, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O., Berkley Publishing Group, 2002.

Book Description
Written by an esteemed surgical oncologist and a team of experts on the frontlines of breast cancer treatment, this resource provides an invaluable overview of the best in breast cancer care. 

The Twelve Gifts for Healing, Charlene Costanzo, HarperResource, 2004.

Book Description
Through a compassionate, inspiring tale, this book offers words of encouragement that remind us to reach inside to find peace and strength whenever we face hardships.

The Woman's Book of Yoga & Health, Linda Aparrowe, Shambhala, 2002.

Book Description
This practical and user friendly book includes three yoga sequences. The book is recommended both for women who practice yoga and for yoga teachers.

Thriving After Breast Cancer: Essential Healing Exercises for Body and Mind , Sherry Lebed Davis, Broadway Books, 2002.

Book Description
A breakthrough book for America's 2.5 million breast cancer survivors, showcasing the pioneering "Focus on Healing" exercise-and-movement program touted by physicians coast-to-coast and recommended by the American Cancer Society.

The months following breast cancer treatment can bring a difficult combination of emotional and physical challenges, including a decreased range of motion, pain, fatigue, and depression. But when Sherry Lebed Davis's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979, Davis and her two brothers, both physicians, created a special movement therapy program to speed their mother's healing. Spurring extraordinary success in her and many others, "Focus on Healing" soon became on of the first hospital-endorsed dance and exercise programs in the nation, a prescription that Davis came to appreciate even more when she herself became a breast-cancer survivor in 1996.

Taking a unique, proven approach to healing, Thriving After Breast Cancer shares the easy-to-follow techniques that have improved the lives of thousands of patients. Embracing psychological recovery and treatment of chronic pain, Davis's "Focus on Healing" regimen consists of stretches and dance-inspired moves that restore flexibility and balance while minimizing discomfort. With exercises to address a full range of specific situations, whether the reader has experienced chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, of a full mastectomy, Thriving After Breast Cancer offers solutions that can be gently eased into a patient's routine. Now adopted by more than one hundred hospitals around the country (including New York City's prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering) and picking up where medical treatment leaves off, Davis's program gives breast cancer survivors an uplifting, empowering next step on the road to restoring the life that they life.

Timeless Healing The Power and Biology of Belief, Herbert Benson, M.D., A Fireside Book published by Simon and Schuster, 1997.

Book Description
In this book, Dr. Herbert Benson draws on his twenty-five years as a physician and researcher to reveal how affirming beliefs, particularly belief in a higher power, make an important contribution to our physical health. Dr. Herbert Benson is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Deaconess Hospital, and the President and Founder of their Mind/Body Medical Institute.

Total Breast Health, Power Foods for Protection and Wellness, Robin Keuneske featuring an interview with Dr. Susan Love, Kensington Books,1999.

Book Description
Written by a natural food counselor, skilled chef and Food Editor at Total Health Magazine, this book contains valuable nutrition information such as nutritional findings regarding breast cancer and advice regarding good fats vs. bad fats, soy products, flaxseed, vegetables and fruit.  This guide and cookbook focuses on the specific foods that lower women's risk of developing breast cancer and improve recovery from breast cancer. 

Your Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook: Your Guide to Understanding the Disease, Treatments, Emotions and Recovery from Breast Cancer by Judy C. Kneece, Tricia Brown, Edu Care Inc, 4th Revised edition, 2001.

Book Description
Your Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook is the only book designed to be given to patients by their health care provider as a comprehensive guide to understanding treatment options and self-care. No treatment advice is given, allowing the treatment team to offer final recommendations. Instead, the patient is guided through the experience with graphically illustrated explanations of surgical options, treatments and self-care. A concise glossary empowers her to understand the language and participate in discussion about her care. Sixteen tear-out worksheets serve as a tutor for information collection. Reassuring remarks appearing throughout the book from survivors show that others have faced and met the challenge of breast cancer.

Your Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook takes a patient from diagnosis through recovery. Discussions include:

  • the emotional impact and response of patients
  • how to manage the fears of a diagnosis
  • how to communicate with mate, children and family
  • types of surgical and reconstruction options
  • pre-and postoperative procedures and self-care
  • understanding a pathology report
  • chemotherapy, radiation therapy
  • care of surgical arm, exercises and lymphedema
  • breast self-exam after breast surgery
  • how to determine normal versus clinical depression
  • sexual issues
  • diet and exercise
  • sources of support, help and much more

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