You Need These Breast Cancer Books in Your Collection


Although the internet is certainly everyone’s go-to for information these days – you’re here reading this page, after all – a lot can be said about the wisdom of time-tested breast cancer books, particularly those written by women who have been through breast cancer themselves.  


Over the years, we have reviewed a lot of breast cancer books, to help you navigate your journey and learn from others who have been there. And we’ve included books with related themes, too – because your life can’t always be “all breast cancer, all the time,” and authors in other areas can serve all of us well. Right alongside your stack of breast cancer books, you may treasure practical favorites about staying well organized, finding peace amid the daily stresses of life, professional and leadership advice, cooking, diet and fitness, and even fiction.  


A list of some favorite breast cancer books

We do have our favorites, of course. These books were written by survivors, warriors, thrivers – women who experienced it all and came through with new perspective that they were compelled to write down. Check out these intriguing breast cancer books:  


•   Adventures of a One-Breasted Woman, by Susan Cummings

•   Every Day We Are Killing Cancer, by Heather Jose

•   Breast Cancer Sisterhood, a Guide to Practical Information, by Brenda Ray Coffee

•   Crazy Sexy Diet, by Kris Carr

•   The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook, by Kathy Steligo  


Why do so many women write books after cancer?

The experience of having breast cancer is at once very specific, and all-encompassing. Life is never the same. Some women find that after going through breast cancer, books write themselves! Many patients feel they have a perspective worth sharing, and for most, the act of writing – journaling, poetry or letters – serves as a form of emotional therapy during their own treatment and recovery. And then their words, lovingly crafted, edited, and collected on paper, speak to the next generation of patients.  


It’s also true that breast cancer books continue to sell, and so publishers seek new stories and are willing to take them on. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a newly diagnosed patient, sharing memories with your breast cancer support group members, or researching a medical topic, books about breast cancer are useful and readily available.  


More than that, though, they mean something. They’re personal. Written from the heart, from the very deepest pain and struggles to the highest levels of joy and gratitude, breast cancer books have the potential to move us emotionally. And that’s better than an Internet search any day. Feel free to share the names of your most cherished reads with us on Facebook – they’re great conversation starters.