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Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do

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Take charge of your diagnosis and choose hope over fear

In 1984, Greg Anderson was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He was given only thirty days to live. Refusing to give up, he set out to find what he could learn from others who had been diagnosed as “terminal” and lived. Based on decades of research and the experiences of more than 16,000 survivors, Cancer: 50 Ess
Paperback, Third Edition, 224 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Plume (first published 1993)
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Aug 05, 2010 Aja rated it liked it
I really thought that this would be a little more task based prep work for getting you prepared for your treatment life. But this book focused almost totally on the physchological prep and maintenance. It had some good information if you are looking to get spiritually and mentally centered post-diagnoses, but a little more new-aging then I was looking for.

Another issue I had was that the author seems to be almost completely against chemo. I was able to follow his argument, but just didn't necess
Mar 08, 2013 Yvensong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Cancer Patients
Shelves: non-fiction
This simple-to-read book takes a holistic look of what to do, eat, etc. when you are diagnosed with cancer.
Apr 29, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this for a friend recently diagnosed with cancer, and I read it before giving it to her. To me, this book is not only for people with cancer or another life-threatening illness. It's well worth reading by anyone wanting to live a a full and healthy life. Each chapter is only a page or two, so it reads fast. The author recommends you use a journal while reading it, and he gives journalling tasks throughout.

Anyone can benefit from his advice on seeking a second opinion about a diagnosis (st
Apr 14, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Beware of this book! It did offer helpful, do-able tips, but on the whole I thought the information presented was probably much more harmful than helpful. The author is highly critical of the medical field, and traditional medical approaches (i.e. chemotherapy, radiation, etc), and instead offers information about complimentary treatments (nutrition, the power of positive thinking, etc) as one of the main ways to help treat cancer. The title of this book totally threw me, as I thought I would ge ...more
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Jun 09, 2012 Grace Dadoyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and told he had 30 days to live. He is still alive 24 years later. He talked with thousands of people who survived all different types of cancer and compiled this guide of 50 essential things to do. It starts with the basics like asking your doctor the right questions and goes through 6 major areas of healing - spiritual, attitude, support, nutrition, exercise and medical. Each tip is 2-3 pages making the book easy to read and very accessible. G ...more
Dec 13, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cancer-stuff
Lots of tips-- everything might help. As always, take what is useful and leave what is not.
Feb 04, 2012 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a comprehensive and easy to read guide, and it's a great first read upon being diagnosed with breast cancer. It offers advice on supplements, courses of action, and foods to eat and avoid. It was my first introduction upon being diagnosed, and I would pass it along to new breast cancer patients. I think everyone who is diagnosed should run, not walk, to the nearest book store and stock up on information. It's valuable, and this is a good start for sure.
Jul 31, 2010 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for anyone who has cancer. It has 50 short chapters on everything from treatment plans (encouraging everyone to become involved and an advocate for themselves with their medical team) to diet and exercise to mediation and visualization. Highly recommended.
Dec 28, 2008 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Newly diagnosed patients who are looking for a not-too depressing read.
Shelves: self-help-advice
This was probably one of three books I read when I was first diagnosed last year. It was helpful although some of the advice was more geared towards people who may be in later stages of cancer. I would recommend this as an easy read, that's not too depressing.
Sep 25, 2012 Jgfunk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a man who had cancer. Some of the things seem a little extreme, others very doable. Definitely a systemic approach.
Sep 11, 2007 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new cancer patients
This book was encouraging after my mom was diagnosed with cancer. It has practical suggestions that are in doable sections. It is also very positive and encourages focusing on each day.
Alex Strick van Linschoten
A pretty decent overview, although a little preachy at times.
Jul 16, 2012 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good resource
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Denise Messenger
Not a terribly researched book, but has some good tips when diagnosed.
Jan 05, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful - I bought my own copy
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“A man on a mission…”

Greg Anderson is the founder of Cancer Recovery Foundation International, a global affiliation of national organizations whose mission is to help all people prevent and survive cancer.

Cancer Recovery Foundation focuses on the human services side of cancer. It does not fund clinical research or medical treatments. The Foundation provides adults with training and support for imp
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