Dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment or long-term survival issues can sometimes be overwhelming or confusing. If you're an adult patient or the caregiver of an adult patient, there are books that can help you find ways to better manage your new responsibilities. Browse the list below for books that can help you cope.
A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death
By Dr. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger
Simon & Schuster, 2019, 544 pages
ISBN 978-1-5011-5722-6 (ebook)
“There is nothing wrong with you for dying,” hospice physician B.J. Miller and journalist and caregiver Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner’s Guide to the End. “Our ultimate purpose here isn’t so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do.”
Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but controllable. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when you’re sick. Get advice for how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as you’d hoped, and how to talk to your children about your will. There are also lessons for survivors, like how to shut down a loved one’s social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy.
Cancer Rights Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach
By Monica Fawzy Bryant and Joanna Fawzy Morales
ABA Book Publishing 2018, 396 Pages
Cancer Rights Law provides an overview of key areas of the law that often come into play for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, including health insurance, employment, disability insurance, genetics, estate planning and medical decision making, and finances and consumer rights.
For more information: https://triagecancer.org/cancerrightslaw
Fight Your Health Insurer and Win: Secrets of the Insurance Warrior By Laurie Todd
Healthwise Publications, 2007, 194 pages
Do you have health insurance? Will it be there when you need it? "Between 2000 and 2003, seven in 10 adults who were driven into debt by medical expenses HAD INSURANCE AT THE TIME" (Readers Digest, April 2006). Among the many strategies which the insurers use to deny care: The provider or hospital is "out of network." The treatment/drug/procedure is "experimental." The surgery/drug/procedure is "not medically necessary." With Laurie's book, Fight Your Health Insurer and Win, you will learn how to leap these objections in a single bound. About the Author: Laurie Todd is the Insurance Warrior. Diagnosed with appendix cancer, she fought her health insurer's denial of care and won. She has written appeals for patients all over the country. HMO, PPO, POS, military insurance ... She has never lost a case.
Suggested Reading - Be Prepared: The Complete Financial, Legal and Practical Guide to Living with Cancer, HIV and Other Challenging Conditions
Be Prepared: The Complete Financial, Legal and Practical Guide to Living with Cancer, HIV and Other Challenging Conditions By David Landay
St. Martin's Press, 2000, 447 pages
A complete financial, legal and practical guide for living with a life-challenging condition. These issues are addressed in a positive, supportive style with practical worksheets to use to prepare for the future.