Books to Help Cancer Patients: Empower Yourself by Becoming Your Own Medical Advocate

Books To Help Cancer PatientsBy Margot Malin, CEO and Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc.

When faced with a cancer diagnosis it is important to become an educated patient. Learn what your options are, and help participate in your treatment decision making. Taking control can give you more confidence and make the process less scary. You are your own best medical advocate. In this blog piece we list several books that have been highly recommended by both cancer coaches and cancer patients.

Radical Remission- Surviving Cancer Against All OddsRadical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Dr. Kelly Turner
In her New York Times bestseller, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds,  Dr. Kelly A. Turner, founder of the Radical Remission Project, uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer—even after conventional medicine has failed.

While getting her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Turner, a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was shocked to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical (or unexpected) remission—when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed.  She was so fascinated by this kind of remission that she embarked on a ten month trip around the world, traveling to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques. Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1000 of these cases.  Her evidence presents nine common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds has been highly recommended by numerous integrative medicine practitioners, cancer patients, cancer coaches  on blogs and on Linkedin posts. Click HERE for more information.

Cancer 50 Essential Things to Do 2013-Edition-195x300Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do by Greg Anderson
Revised and updated for the first time since 1999, this invaluable guide to cancer recovery offers an easily accessible plan for patients and family members. Written by a cancer survivor, the book is an inspiring, action-oriented roadmap for those who choose to adopt a stance of hope and take charge of their diagnosis.

With penetrating insights that bring together more than two decades of scientifically supported research and experience, Anderson reveals a step-by-step holistic action plan that has been successfully employed by hundreds of thousands of cancer patients worldwide. Anderson’s message is: “You must not simply treat illness, you must also create wellness: physically, emotionally and spiritually.”  Click HERE for more information.

Own Your CancerOwn Your Cancer: A Take Charge Guide For The Recently Diagnosed And Those Who Love Them, by Dr. Peter Edelstein

A must have book for taking charge of the medical aspects of treatment. Dr. Peter Edelstein has learned by listening to his patients and their families–whose lives have suddenly been up-ended by a diagnosis of cancer–that they need a partner to help them navigate their new, complex world. It is critical that cancer patients take charge of their health and “own their cancer” in order to remain in control of this confusing and frightening process. This extremely accessible book is that expert partner, offering a combination of crucial medical education clearly and comfortably explained along with personal guidance gleaned from real patient experiences. In an informed, compassionate, and respectful manner, “Dr. E” translates the challenging medical and psychological issues facing the cancer patient into lay terms, as well as outlining options for “owning” the path ahead. The result empowers patients and their loved ones to take control of their treatment regardless of cancer type or stage, to maintain their independence, and to oversee the processes which will determine their ultimate survival and quality of life. Click HERE for more information.

Life Over Cancer- The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer TreatmentLife Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment, by Dr. Keith Block

Dr. Keith Block is at the global vanguard of innovative cancer care. As medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois, he has treated thousands of patients who have lived long, full lives beyond their original prognoses. Now he has distilled almost thirty years of experience into the first book that gives patients a systematic, research-based plan for developing the physical and emotional vitality they need to meet the demands of treatment and recovery.

Based on a profound understanding of how body and mind can work together to defeat disease, this groundbreaking book offers:

  • Innovative approaches to conventional treatments, such as “chronotherapy”–chemotherapy timed to patients’ unique circadian rhythms for enhanced effectiveness and reduced toxicity
  • Dietary choices that make the biochemical environment hostile to cancer growth and recurrence, and strengthen the immune system’s ability to attack remaining cancer cells
  • Precise supplement protocols to tame treatment side effects, relieve disease-related symptoms, and modify processes like inflammation and glycemia that can fuel cancer if left untreated
  • A new paradigm for exercise and stress reduction that restores your strength, reduces anxiety and depression, and supports the body’s own ability to heal
A complete program for remission maintenance–a proactive plan to make sure the cancer never returns

Also included are “quick-start” maps to help you find the information you need right now and many case histories that will support and inspire you. Encouraging, compassionate, and authoritative,  Life over Cancer is the guide patients everywhere have been waiting for.

What You Dont Know Can Kill YouWhat You Don’t Know Can Kill You: A Physician’s Radical Guide to Conquering the Obstacles to Excellent Medical Care, by Dr. Laura Nathanson

In 2003, Dr. Laura Nathanson was widowed after the misdiagnosis of her beloved husband. After this tragedy, she was determined to help others protect themselves and their loved ones from similarly preventable health care disasters—and help them benefit from health care miracles. In What You Don’t Know Can Kill You, Dr. Nathanson provides a guide to getting the best medical care and navigating our frustrating and often impenetrable health care system. In clear, non-medical language, she shows how to:

  • Flag any signs of misdiagnosis and misleading analysis of symptoms
  • Prevent miscommunication among specialists from having dire consequences
  • Stay safe in the hospital and bypass its dangers
  • Choose a health care plan without falling into the “uncovered services” trap

Full of empathy for each individual patient and caregiver, What You Don’t Know Can Kill You will empower patients to be their own best advocates.

We believe that the best informed patients make the best patients. Cancer Coaches and Oncology Nurse Navigators can help to further educate cancer patients. To read more about what a cancer coach does, click HERE. To read about Oncology Nurse Navigators, click HERE. As our friend Elyn Jacobs, Cancer Coach likes to say “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any”.

We hope that these books will help educate you, and encourage you to take control and be proactive on your cancer journey.

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How to Reduce Animal Testing and Still Help the Breast Cancer Communities?

Animal Love with Breast Cancer Authority BlogBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

Dawn and I shared on our blog this month about animal testing and cruelty free breast cancer charities. I  know this is a very touchy and uncomfortable subject for many. No one wants to hear how animals are being used, misused and abused. The big question is how to change this so that we can change their lives. Well there is something you can do. The very first step is to make the conscious choice and become involved, be it big or small. You can sign and share petitions. You can support or volunteer for these organizations that are working on these changes, or are non-animal research organizations.  Share it with your friends and families on social media platforms.

Please, I do know that this is quite painful to talk about. Trust me there are days I cannot witness one more picture but some how I muster up the energy to sign the petition, or send a check. Then I  post SOME on my personal Facebook page. It is so much easier to turn the page or click on the next link but it is also important to help helpless animals that go through these excruciating experiments every day for the sake of research and breast cancer. Did you know that cancer in mice was discovered decades ago but we still inflict pain and suffering to these creatures? Then we moved onto cats and dogs. Again we have cured cancer in these animals but painful experiments continue.  I will not go on and on but please take a look at the organizations that are no longer experimenting on animals and support them. (see in article No longer is there a need for these out-dated and barbaric practices. The EPA has released five new policies in support of optimizing existing data and not incurring new animal studies, the OECD published six new in-vitro test guidelines without the use of live animals. If you want to support this movement go to PCRM site (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)  and learn what you can do.

This is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many people are out there running, walking, doing bake sales and what have you to support the cause so please this is one area that Dawn and I feel strongly about that can change, and allow the new ways to come forth.

All I know is that I could never have anyone at anytime experiment on my two guys.

Thank you for listening – if you got this far.

Diana and Dawn

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

Cruelty Free Breast Cancer Charities

Support Animal Cruelty Free CharitiesBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff:

Wasting Time & Money
We all know that breast cancer is a serious disease that affects most of us in some way (either personally or through someone we know), but did you know that it also affects animals?

In honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we bring you a very important message. Choose to donate to a “cruelty-free” Breast Cancer charity rather than an inhumane animal research charity.

According to both PETA and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, breast cancer charities should stop wasting time and money on inhumane experiments that don’t work: charities such as the American Cancer Society, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation fund cruel and archaic animal experiments.

Cruelty Free Charities
The charities that do not support animal cruel and needless animal research are the  Love/Avon Army of Women, the American Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Fund. They all put their resources into direct care, clinical studies, community education, and prevention-humane, effective programs that can really help us understand, prevent, and treat breast cancer while improving the quality of life for women with breast cancer.

The following is a list of health charities concerned with breast cancer & cancer research and treatment that DO NOT support animal experimentation:

American Breast Cancer Foundation
AP John Institute for Cancer Research
Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Breast Cancer Fund
Cancer Care Services
Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Cancer Project
Gateway for Cancer Research
Quest Cancer Research
Rock Against Cancer
United Cancer Research Society
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Breast Cancer Charities That Support Humane Animal Research

Photo From PETA By Jessica Florence

Medical Research Without Animals Experimentation
Monkeys, rats, mice, rabbits, cats, dogs, and other animals often suffer and die because of horrific tests that are conducted in the name of breast cancer “research.” Besides being cruel, the “research” is also ineffective. Former National Cancer Institute director Dr. Richard Klausner has stated, “The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.”

We can replace animal testing and animal experimentation with non-animal techniques that yield both ethical and technical advantages. Our breast cancer charity dollars should support those efforts. Change can happen if we become aware of who we truly support. Like Oprah says “When you know better; you do better.”

Diana RossAbout Breast Cancer Yoga Staff:  is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

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