Win a Fantastic Collection of 33 Cancer Books

I am thrilled to have teamed up with an amazing group of authors to offer you a chance to win a huge collection of books on cancer. Don’t miss out on this one-time giveaway! Entry is FREE! The winner will receive a diverse set of 33 paperback books that they can read, share with friends or donate to their local library or cancer clinic.

To enter, fill out the Stay in touch form on this page with your email address and name before midnight, June 30, 2020, PDT. Absolutely no purchase necessary to enter or win. Sorry, but authors in this giveaway and their immediate family members are not eligible. Contest limited to US, UK and Canadian residents only. Entering subscribes you to blog updates from the authors, and can be cancelled anytime. A winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email for a shipping address. Each author will send their books directly to the winner. Thank you for your support!

Your hosts of the cancer book giveaway;

Carola Schmidt is a pediatric oncology pharmacist and writer. She has several books on pediatric oncology, published by Springer Nature, as well as children’s books about cancer.

Gogs Gagnon is a member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and author of Prostate Cancer Strikes.

The book collection includes one paperback copy of each of the following titles:

1. Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm by Gogs Gagnon

Prostate cancer hits at the very core of manhood, and Gogs, in this deeply personal account, reveals intimate details that every person impacted by the disease — man or woman — needs to know. A guide to those facing prostate cancer themselves or are curious about the disease.
“A great book recommendation for your patients.” —

“Essential reading for medical and nursing students.” —

🇨🇦 Amazon: Prostate Cancer Strikes

2. Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer by Carola Schmidt

“One of the best Leukemia books of all time” – BookAuthority
“Such a lovely book: emotional text and beautifully illustrated.” – Christian Müller, Childhood Cancer Survivor and Journalist in Pediatric Oncology.

✍️ Carola Schmidt Author Page
🇺🇸 Amazon: Chubby’s Tale

3. Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl by Carola Schmidt

An inspiring and lovely illustrated letter for girls of any age who will go or already are bald. It’s a perfect gift to send love to a powerful girl who needs to be reminded of how beautiful and loved she is.

✍️ Carola Schmidt Author Page
🇺🇸 Amazon: Bald is Beautiful

4. Intelligent Patient Guide to Breast Cancer by Ivo Olivotto MD, Karen Gelmon MD, David McCready MD, Urve Kuusk MD

Breast cancer affects millions of women and their families. With our Intelligent Patient Guide to Breast Cancer, currently in its 6th edition, you will learn everything you need to know about breast cancer and how to take an active part in your treatment, for example, what breast cancer is and how it is detected, what the risks are, what your options are if you have a diagnosis, and what to expect beyond the initial phase of treatment, including tips on living with breast cancer.

🇨🇦 Amazon: Intelligent Patient Guide to Breast Cancer

5. The Intelligent Patient Guide to Prostate Cancer by S. Larry Goldenberg MD, Tom Pickles MD, Kim. N Chi MD

This book is the fourth edition of the book on prostate cancer in the Intelligent Patient Guide series. Cancer patients who take an active part in making decisions about their treatment are better able to deal with their illness than patients who relegate control to their doctors. The book provides information on all aspects of prostate cancer and equips patients with the knowledge needed to take an active part in their treatment.

🇨🇦 Amazon: The Intelligent Patient Guide to Prostate Cancer

6. Braving Chemo: What to Expect, How to Prepare and How to Get Through It

When faced with chemotherapy, you have many questions—but searching for answers on the internet can be overwhelming, and pamphlets from your oncologist don’t begin to tell you all you need to know. In Braving Chemo, Harvard-educated physician and cancer survivor Beverly A. Zavaleta MD combines her medical expertise with a survivor’s insight to provide practical advice for both chemotherapy patients and cancer caregivers.

🇺🇸 Amazon: Braving Chemo

7. The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Genetic Mystery, a Lethal Cancer, and the Improbable Invention of a Lifesaving Treatment by Jessica Wapner

Philadelphia, 1959: A scientist scrutinizing a single human cell under a microscope detects a missing piece of DNA. That scientist, David Hungerford, had no way of knowing that he had stumbled upon the starting point of modern cancer research― the Philadelphia chromosome. It would take doctors and researchers around the world more than three decades to unravel the implications of this landmark discovery.

🇺🇸 Amazon: The Philadelphia Chromosome

8. When Blood Breaks Down: Life Lessons from Leukemia by Mikkael A. Sekeres

A leading cancer specialist tells the compelling stories of three adult leukemia patients and their treatments, the disease itself, and the drugs developed to treat it. When you are told that you have leukemia, your world stops. Your brain can’t function. You are asked to make decisions about treatment almost immediately, when you are not in your right mind. And yet you pull yourself together and start asking questions.

🇺🇸 Amazon: When Blood Breaks Down

9. Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days by Andrea Wilson Woods

Adrienne Wilson is a depressed, suicidal teenager—until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV cancer. Facing the fight of her life, she discovers how much she wants to live. As Adrienne’s legal guardian and sister, the author tells a raw, honest and emotional story of great courage and unconditional love between two sisters.

🌎 Amazon: Better Off Bald

10. TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer by Marquina Iliev-Piselli

The ultimate recovery companion for women facing any type of cancer. This book is for newly-diagnosed women, survivors, thrivers, & the people who love them. It makes a great gift! Working from interviews with 37 women with a variety of cancer types, Iliev-Piselli, a survivor herself, has created honest and triumphant essays that will lift readers up like a conversation with good friends.

🇺🇸 Amazon: TOUGH

11. Living with the Long-Term Effects of Cancer: Acknowledging Trauma and other Emotional Challenges by Cordelia Galgut

An essential conversation on the long-term emotional effects of cancer, breaking the taboo on discussing these difficulties openly. Dr. Cordelia Galgut is a registered counselling psychologist in private practice who was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Written from a dual perspective- that of a psychologist who had breast cancer and who copes with the long-term effects of treatment.

🇬🇧 Amazon: Living with the Long-Term Effects of Cancer


12. Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones by Richard J. Wassersug PhD, Lauren Walker PhD, John W. Robinson PhD

For many men with prostate cancer, ADT offers hope for controlling the disease and living longer. But the side effects can leave you with unexpected physical and emotional changes. In Androgen Deprivation Therapy, experts provide the tools and solutions you need to prepare for treatment and deal with every situation.

🇨🇦 Amazon: Androgen Deprivation Therapy

13. Healthier Eating: And Living with Cancer by Karen Jung

Protecting against cancer and promoting healthy lifestyles is of utmost importance, but accurate information can be hard to find. For patients undergoing cancer treatments, proper diet is crucial. This cookbook is intended for people who need to prepare and cook meals for an individual living with cancer.

🇨🇦 Amazon: Healthier Eating

14. What Men Won’t Talk About and Women Need to Know: A Woman’s Perspective on Prostate Cancer by Glenda Standeven

Prostate cancer is not an automatic death sentence and it certainly is not the death of intimacy in a relationship. My husband’s diagnosis gave us an opportunity to grow and learn together. Even more than that, it provided an incentive to live life to the fullest and never let pass any opportunities to express love. Glenda’s book, What Men Won’t Talk About and Women Need to Know, chronicles her husband’s prostate cancer journey from a woman’s perspective.

🇨🇦 Amazon: What Men Won’t Talk About and Women Need to Know

15. Twisting Fate: My Journey with BRCA―from Breast Cancer Doctor to Patient and Back by Pamela Munster M.D.

A leading oncologist at the University of California San Francisco, Dr. Pamela Munster has advised thousands of women on how to cope with the realities of breast cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. But her world turned upside down when, at forty-eight years old and in otherwise perfect health, she got a call saying that her own mammogram showed “irregularities.”

🇺🇸 Amazon: Twisting Fate


16. Emotional Support Through Breast Cancer: A Handbook by Cordelia Galgut

Written by a breast cancer survivor and practising psychologist, it shares practical ideas to help support sufferers at all stages, be it at diagnosis, during treatment or during life after the initial treatments are over. The concise, easy-to-read format includes exercises to develop an acceptance of thoughts and feelings, whilst the individual accounts validate the multitude of emotions felt by sufferers.

🇬🇧 Amazon: Emotional Support Through Breast Cancer

17. I Am Choosing to Smile: The Inspirational Life Story of a Bone Cancer Survivor by Glenda Standeven

The book you are about to read is not just another cancer story. It does not begin with cancer and it does not end with cancer. This is the true story of an ordinary woman who lives with extraordinary optimism. When faced with adversity, she realizes that she has a choice: she can live with bitterness and regret or choose to smile as each hardship becomes a lesson in appreciation.

🇨🇦 Amazon: I Am Choosing to Smile

18. No Quit in Me: My Wild Ride with Tongue Cancer by John Kuby

In No Quit in Me, John Kuby generously and bravely reveals his thoughts, feelings and day to day experiences as he faces the fears and challenges of base of tongue cancer from discovery through to recovery. His story, told with wit and humour, is an engaging and inspirational read.

🇨🇦 Amazon: No Quit in Me


19. Life After Prostate Cancer and Other Medical Conditions: A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Urinary Leakage in Ten Weeks by Vanita Gaglani

Vanita’s program is the combination of exercise, behavior, nutrition, and body mechanics which, when performed in coordination, promotes continence. With her program, in 10 weeks, most patients will go from wearing numerous pads to no pads at all. This stepped approach allows patients and families to have realistic expectations for continence achievement, on a weekly basis.

🇺🇸 Amazon: Life After Prostate Cancer and Other Medical Conditions

20. Bald Is Better with Earrings: A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer by Andrea Hutton

Bald Is Better with Earrings is Hutton’s answer for women diagnosed with breast cancer: a straightforward handbook, leavened with humor and inspiration, to shepherd them through the experience. Warm and down-to-earth, Hutton explains what to expect and walks you through this intense and emotional process: tests, surgery, chemo, losing your hair and shaving your head, being bald, radiation treatments.

🇺🇸 Amazon: Bald is Better with Earrings

21. The Psychological Impact of Breast Cancer: A Psychologist’s Insight as a Patient by Cordelia Galgut

This book presents rare and valuable insights into the impact of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis from a woman who has experienced breast cancer as both patient and as health professional. It informs and educates readers about the psychological realities of living with breast cancer, of treatments such as surgery and radiotherapy, and the impact of social and historical attitudes to the breast and breast cancer on a woman’s experience of the disease.

🇬🇧 Amazon: The Psychological Impact of Breast Cancer

22. For Such A Time As This: My journey through cancer. How love and my cats sustained, fortified me, and helped take the pain away by Pauline Dewberry

One woman’s heart-warming story of life, love, determination, and refusal to give up.

🇺🇸 Amazon: For Such A Time As This



23. The Winning Mindset that Saved My Life by Tom Hulsey

The Winning Mindset that Saved My Life is a great story and inspirational book. Tom applies the skills and attitudes required to compete in an IRONMAN to life’s struggles, including his own with cancer. 100% of the net proceeds benefit cancer research.

🇺🇸 Amazon: The Winning Mindset

24. Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality by Anthony Maranise

Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality draws upon the richness of Christian spiritual theology with the aim of rejuvenating hope within and imparting eternal Truth to all persons who have been “touched” by cancer in any of its wicked forms. Divided into three parts addressing those who have lost loved ones to cancer; those currently confronting their diagnoses; and survivors, this book serves as both a “spiritual field-guide” as well as an informative, yet practical helpmate to ensure all facing such adversities that they are never alone in their journey.

🇺🇸 Amazon: Cross of a Different Kind

25. One Man’s Life-Changing Diagnosis: Navigating the Realities of Prostate Cancer by Craig T. Pynn

One Man’s Life-Changing Diagnosis provides a comprehensive patient’s eye view of the clinical, emotional, relational and spiritual experience of prostate cancer from the time of first symptoms to diagnosis to treatment and to living as survivor with an advanced cancer that can return at any time.

🇺🇸 Amazon: One Man’s Life-Changing Diagnosis


26. Midpoint: Manhood, Midlife and Prostate Cancer by James A. Hill

Midpoint is one man’s embarrassingly candid memoir of being diagnosed and treated for “locally advanced” prostate cancer at an already challenging time of life. Unflinching, uplifting, and funny, Midpoint explores the nitty-gritty realities of a cancer diagnosis and treatment—and the impact on a man’s sense of self.

🇺🇸 Amazon: Midpoint

27. When Your Life Is Touched by Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals, and Those Who Care by Bob Riter

Even those who are ordinarily calm and thoughtful find themselves spinning when first diagnosed with cancer. When Your Life Is Touched by Cancer helps sort out the issues involved with a cancer diagnosis, including conversations about cancer with friends, family, and doctor.

🇺🇸 Amazon: When Your Life Is Touched by Cancer


28. Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf?: Navigating Systemic Misinformation by Murray Keith Wadsworth

Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf? is the riveting story of one man’s parallel journeys: Balancing a diagnosis of and treatment for prostate cancer while embarking on multiple RV road trips between treatment regimens throughout the US and Europe. This book offers a revealing and insightful look into how America’s healthcare system leads men into blind alleys, fear traps, and under- and overtreatment.

🇺🇸 Amazon: Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf?

29. The Cancer Olympics by Robin McGee

Diagnosed with a late-stage cancer, after years of bungled and inadequate medical attention…and then to discover that the best-practice chemotherapy is not available in the province. If she and her supporters are to be successful in lobbying the government for the chemotherapy, she must overcome many formidable and frightening hurdles. And time is running out. . .

Amazon: The Cancer Olympics

30. She Ran Away From Love by Mawson

Are you feeling a little lost? Got that ‘left in the spare room’ emptiness about you? Mawson does too. He sits atop his cushion and ponders about baffling things. For the many frazzled readers who feel, secretly, much the same, he offers the comfort that the world is a bright place to be.

🇺🇸 Amazon: She Ran Away From Love

31. It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In by Mawson

The Light of Love pours down on Frilly. It shines so brightly that she quails and runs away. Upset with herself for feeling scared, she wakes her good friend Mawson and pours out her confusions. She wants to learn how to be bold and is convinced that she can do this by going on a quest.

🇺🇸 Amazon: It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In

32. Cancer – I Won! A Personal Journal of Grief, Survival and Triumph by Zosia Ettenberg

Zosia, just moved into a mobile home, got a job, became the top Sales Rep. for her company for Western Canada in under two years, and had a mastectomy, chemo, beat cancer and went to Mexico to live her life long dream of swimming with the dolphins. And, in the meantime, nominated and won the “2008 Courage to Comeback Award.” If you want to know how she survived and was triumphant, read this book. It has her heartbeat on every page.

🇨🇦 Amazon: Cancer – I Won!

33. Nothing’s So Bad That It Couldn’t Be Worse by Raymond Poole

“Powerful, funny, sad and a joyous triumph of human spirit. Raymond shares his life challenges in such an intimate manner it allows you feel part of his journey.” — Vicky Phelan




I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my prostate cancer diagnosis and lessons learned. You can read all my previous giveaways under Book Sales and Giveaways.

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13 comments on “Win a Fantastic Collection of 33 Cancer Books

  1. I would like this for our nursing center, for the Comox Valley, population 85,000. I used to be a homecare worker, before I had my hip replaced.❤

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Laura. I hope you’re doing well with your new hip. I’d be happy to donate a copy of my book, “Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm” to the nursing center in the Comox Valley. Please send me the details on the contact page, and I’ll mail a copy right away. Also, please don’t forget to enter the draw.❤

  2. This is a fantastic idea, and these books would truly be an asset for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre consumer health collection.

    I quickly scanned through the list, and was pleased to see a number of books that we already have in our collection, including No Quit in Me by Joh Kuby, which I wrote a review for. I will let my colleagues know about this opportunity as well, in order to spread the world.

    Thank you again.

    1. Thank you so much, Marcus. It’s such an honour to see my book among so many talented writers and excellent books! And knowing you read a number of them is heartwarming. I’d be happy to donate a copy of my book to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Please send me the address on the contact page, and I’ll mail a copy right away.

  3. This giveaway is fantastic and very generous! They would hugely benefit the collection of our consumer health collection over at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. We have a number of patients and family members visit our site whose lives have been touched by cancer, and I know they would find great value in these resources.

    1. Thank you so much, Lauren. I’d be happy to donate a copy of my book to the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. Please send me the address on the contact page, and I’ll mail a copy right away. Knowing others can benefit is truly heartwarming.

  4. I too would be honored to donate my book on surviving breast cancer twice and living in Mexico, France, and Argentina as I did so. The Church of Tango: a Memoir

    If you can handle another cancer book donation, please advise how I can help.

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Cherie. This giveaway is already underway with media announcements and blog posts, but I’m touched by your generous offer and would like to include your book in our next giveaway. I’m excited to read your book, and now follow you on Twitter!

  5. What a fantastic and amazing giveaway.
    It will be a huge help to the lucky winner . Thank you for making this contest possible.

  6. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book giveaway Gogs! I have my copy of Prostate Cancer Strikes and would love to win copies of the other books to share with the cancer support community here in Los Angeles, California!

    I’ll definitely enter the drawing!

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