The Cancer Support Center Resource Library
provides information and educational resources on a variety
of cancer-related topics. More than 1,300 items including
books, audiotapes, CDs, videotapes, periodicals and pamphlets
are available. Information includes types of cancer, treatment,
grief, caregiver resources, guided imagery, exercise, relaxation,
children’s resources and more. Most materials may
be checked out for three (3) weeks.
A public computer terminal is available
for Internet searching, and staff is available to offer
assistance in accessing information.
The Cancer Support Center offers a variety
of programs and resources including a comprehensive Resource
Center and Lending Library. The Resource Center and Lending
Library are open to the public; you do not need to be an
active participant at the Center to utilize these resources.
The Resource Center and Lending Library
provide more than 1,300 items including books, audiotapes,
CDs, videotapes, periodicals and pamphlets. Information
includes types of cancer, treatment, grief, caregiver resources,
guided imagery, exercise, relaxation, children’s resources
and more. Most materials may be checked out for three (3)
If you’re new to the cancer experience,
you may want to consider the following books, which are
available to check out in our Lending Library:
Love’s Breast Book
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book has been considered the
bible of breast-care books since it appeared in 1990.
In 1995, Love completely updated the book in a 600-page
second edition, including new biopsy and screening
methods, implants, the pros and cons of hormone therapy,
new discoveries in breast-cancer treatment, and many
other topics. Every chapter has been rewritten, with
the exception of the anatomy chapter ("The breast,
I'm glad to report, is still located on the chest!").
Love presents copious medical information in a simple,
welcoming style, and plentiful illustrations make
the information even clearer. About two-thirds of
the book deals with breast cancer: risk factors, prevention,
screening, diagnosis, staging, emotions, treatment
options, surgery, alternative treatments, clinical
trials, and more. But the book isn't just about breast
cancer. It's also about breast development, physiology,
bras, nursing, sexuality--if it has to do with breasts,
Love discusses it. Love also debunks breast myths:
underwire bras do not cause cancer, neither do bruises
or injuries; "fibrocystic disease" isn't
really a disease. The book includes a wealth of resources:
books, treatment centers, and organizations (but no
Web sites--perhaps in the third edition?).
Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life--
Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins
People around the world have found inspiration in
the story of Lance Armstrong--a world-class athlete
nearly struck down by cancer, only to recover and
win the Tour de France, the multiday bicycle race
famous for its grueling intensity. Armstrong is a
thoroughgoing Texan jock, and the changes brought
to his life by his illness are startling and powerful,
but he's just not interested in wearing a hero suit.
While his vocabulary is a bit on the he-man side (highest
compliment to his wife: "she's a stud"),
his actions will melt the most hard-bitten souls:
a cancer foundation and benefit bike ride, his astonishing
commitment to training that got him past countless
hurdles, loyalty to the people and corporations that
never gave up on him. There's serious medical detail
here, which may not be for the faint of heart; from
chemo to surgical procedures to his wife's in vitro
fertilization, you won't be spared a single x-ray,
IV drip, or unfortunate side effect. Athletes and
coaches everywhere will benefit from the same extraordinary
detail provided about his training sessions--every
aching tendon, every rainy afternoon, and every small
triumph during his long recovery is here in living
color. It's Not About the Bike is the perfect title
for this book about life, death, illness, family,
setbacks, and triumphs, but not especially about the
Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal
the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives
-- Wayne Muller
One of the hazards of a reflective life is to grope
for answers before you've asked the right questions.
Wayne Muller, a minister, therapist and bestselling
author has taken a stab at asking the big questions:
Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing
I will die? What is my gift to the family of the Earth?
Following each of these questions are some of the
most tender and luminous discussions one could hope
to ponder. More than a monastery for the armchair
seeker, this has potential to be a mind-altering book
with permanent impact.
Books for children
whose parent/family member have cancer:
Mom Fought Cancer. Vigna, J. (1993). Albert Whitman
& Company. Can order from Amazon.com, but it is out
of print and may be hard to find.
My Mommy Has
Cancer. Parkinson, Carolyn. (1991). Park Press. Can
order from amazon.com
Eve: What is Cancer Anyway? Explaining cancer to children
of all ages. Carney. (2001). Dragonfly Publishing
Company. Can order from amazon.com
A Day With
Dr. Waddle: An Introduction to Cancer Written For Children.
(1988). 2nd Edition. The Center For Basic CancerResearch
Kansas State University. Can order from amazon.com
Someone I Love Has Cancer. American Cancer Society.
(2003). Kids' Activity Book. American Cancer Society. Can
order from amazon.com
The Worry Cup. Harpham. (1997). Harper Collins. This
book is included in "When A Parent Has Cancer: A Guide
to Caring For Your Children." Can order from amazon.com
Books for Parents:
When A Parent
Has Cancer: A Guide For Caring For Your Children.
Schlessel-Harpham. (1997). HarperCollins Publishers. Can
order from amazon.com
How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness.
McCue & Bonn. Can order from amazon.com.