9 Inspiring, Helpful Books on Breast Cancer

About 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. We’ve all been impacted – if not personally, than by a loved one who has faced a breast cancer diagnosis.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we send our best wishes to all those who are dealing with this disease.

We’ve gathered nine books for you and the breast cancer survivors in your life. Some are prescriptive: helpful information on the latest treatment options. Some are narrative: inspiring stories from survivors and their families.

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Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer
By Nancy G. Brinker

Promise Me is an inspiring tribute to a sister’s love and a must-read for all who know the pink ribbon.”
—Laura Bush, former First Lady and author of Spoken from the Heart
Breast Cancer: What You Should Know (But May Not Be Told) About Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment
By Cathy Hitchcock, M.S.W.

“This book is a fine resource for every doctor, patient, and family who has to confront the reality of breast cancer.”
—Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., Author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
A Breast Cancer Alphabet
By Madhulika Sikka

“Madhulika Sikka is the honest-talking-advice-giving-big sister-sage-support group that every girl needs to help navigate the world of ‘cancerland.'”
—Marisa Acocella Marchetto, author of Cancer Vixen
After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment
By Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW

“If my book is the one you buy when you are diagnosed with breast cancer, this one should be the one you purchase as you finish treatment.”
—Susan Love, M.D.
Stop Breast Cancer Before It Starts
By Samuel S. Epstein, MD

Epstein asks, with all the talk about early detection, mammograms, improved treatment, and the race for the cure, why don’t we ever hear about breast cancer prevention?
Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor’s Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins
By Marisa Weiss and Ellen Weiss

“Women at any stage of the breast cancer journey, including those grappling with emotional issues surrounding the chance of recurrence, will benefit from the Weisses’ up-to-date and uplifting outlook.”
Publishers Weekly
Red Sunshine: A Story of Strength and Inspiration from a Doctor Who Survived Stage 3 Breast Cancer
By Kimberly Allison, MD

“A moving memoir from a physician who became a patient with a very difficult diagnosis. This book offers an infusion of hope and inspiration for cancer survivors, regardless of their stage.”
—Julie Silver, M.D., author of What Helped Get Me Through
Her-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer
By Robert Bazell

Her-2 is a story of dramatic discoveries and strong personalities, showing the combination of scientific investigation, money, politics, ego, corporate decisions, patient activism, and luck involved in moving this groundbreaking drug from the lab to a patient’s bedside.
Pretty Is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny
By Jessica Queller

“By turns inspiring, sorrowful and profoundly moving. Queller’s sense of humor and grace transform the most harrowing of situations into a riveting and heartfelt memoir.”
Kirkus Reviews

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