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The Cancer Survivor's Companion

Practical Ways to Cope With Your Feelings After Cancer, by Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins

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Why do people living with cancer recommend this product?

People living with cancer need clear, down to earth and empowering advice to move beyond their diagnosis. This book is an important tool in that process.

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About The Cancer Survivor's Companion

Winner of the 2012 Best Health Book category in the Guild of Health Writers Awards

Coping with life after cancer can be tough. The idea that the end of successful treatment brings relief and peace just isn't true for countless survivors. Many feel unexpectedly alone, worried and adrift. You're supposed to be getting your life 'back on track' but your life has changed. You have changed.

With reassurance and understanding, Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins help readers deal with the emotional fallout of cancer whether it's days, months or years since the treatment ended. Drawing on Dr Goodhart's extensive experience working in the NHS with cancer survivors, this guide is packed with practical and simple self-help tools to tackle issues such as worry and anxiety, depression and low mood, anger, low self-esteem and body image, relationships and sex, fatigue, sleep and relaxation. 

Key benefits

  • Tackles a wide array of emotions which you may be feeling
  • A key guide for support for yourself or loved ones
  • Highly commended in the Popular Medicine category at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012 

If you are a cancer survivor, this book will support you every step of the way. If you are supporting a loved one, friend, colleague or your patient, this is a vital read.

Customer Reviews

  1. Really helped

    Marie NobleThursday, 23 November 2017

    Thoroughly enjoying this book, it is helping me get through a tougher time than I did with my initial diagnosis

  2. useful companion indeed!

    5ofsevenTuesday, 13 October 2015

    I bought this after it was recommended. I found it easy to read; the style of writing is engaging without being overwhelming considering the subject. The book offers explanations to the cancer survivor about the emotions they may be experiencing/have experienced - anger, worry, fear, sadness, etc; and the writers offer an abundance of suggestions and ideas to support the cancer survivor through those emotions and the effects they may be having on daily life (self-esteem, work, relationships, sleep etc) Its a book that I will be dipping into whenever the need arises. I liked that there is also a section for carers in each chapter too.

  3. An oasis of calm and reassurance....

    Janet M.Monday, 12 October 2015

    My Father has just finished Prostate cancer treatment and was recommended this book by a fellow sufferer . I bought it for him and he , and i , were blown away by the straightforward, simple ,practical information that this book contains. After treatment , according to my Dad , you think you should be euphoric but this is not the case apparently.You feel shocked ,scared,depressed and with after-effects thoroughly exhausted and shattered with emotional and physical stress you have been through. This book works through every possible problem that you , and your family ! ,feel afterwards ..with case examples from fellow survivors and their families,..a thoroughly upbeat , practical , oasis of calm and professionalism ..a must have guide to allowing yourself to feel better, stronger and happier. Buy this Book ...!

  4. A brilliant book

    bookwormSunday, 11 October 2015

    This is a brilliant book and I would definitely agree with one of the comments on the back of the book, that it is "essential reading for anyone diagnosed with cancer". It is very easy to read and full of useful advice. You don't have to read it from beginning to end but can dip into any chapter which you find is most relevant to you, but the whole book is really useful. I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and wish this book had been available then. I would recommend it to anyone trying to come to terms with life after a cancer diagnosis. Just to realise that I am not the only one struggling in certain areas has been an enormous help to me and the book doesn't just leave you there but gives very practical advice about how to move on. The information in it is also extremely helpful for relatives or carers of cancer survivors. Definitely worth the money.

  5. wish id had this a year ago!

    ljSaturday, 10 October 2015

    this is just what I kept asking health professionals for!!! like many of you reading this i love a book to support and educate me. i wont type all that i have been through as if youre reading this then you know only too well im back at work and ive just read this in 24 hours and learnt lots in an easy way and im sure i will be dipping in and out for a long time to come thanks so much to the authors and best wishes to anyone reading this

  6. An outstanding very much awaited book!

    TwinkleFriday, 09 October 2015

    I first saw an article about the publication of this book in a supplement about Cancer and Cancer survivors and it immediately attracted my attention.As a cancer survivor of four years, I still struggle to deal with a wide range of issues on a daily basis and this book addresses all of these in a caring and sympathetic manner. There are chapters on Low self esteeem and body image, depression,relationships,anger,fatigue.All of which are issues that I am certain any cancer survivor can directly relate to with easily achieveable strategies and methods that people can work through.There are also some excellent examples of other cancer survivors experiences and how some of the methods and strategies used by Dr Goodhart have helped them.It helps any cancer survivor to realise that they are not the only one going through similar experiences and that even a few small changes to their thought processes and their current negative patterns can make a real difference. It is a long and slow process which can takes weeks, months and years but it is extremely reassuring to know that that there is a way in which cancer survivors can work through these.The book also offers advice for carers of cancer survivors and how bets they can support their loved ones which is equally important. I am thrilled that at last a book is available which was written for me and many other cancer survivors which highlights the impact which cancer continues to have on our lives post treatment and as the numbers of survivors is ever on the increase due to phenomenal advances in medical science this book will provide an absolutely ESSENTIAL companion for anyone who has been through cancer (or their families)and suddenly feels that they are left on their own to cope once treatment has finished. So go on give yourself a hug in a book (You deserve it!)

  7. Just what the doctor ordered!

    OndineBlueThursday, 08 October 2015

    I've just finished active treatment for breast cancer and it was such a relief to pick up this book and realise that the mental trauma I am going through is completely normal and, most importantly, that there is something that can be done about it. I had a mastectomy, chemotherapy & radiotherapy - the chemotherapy nearly killed me. You can end up in a really strange place emotionally once you stop going to the hospital all the time, even if like me you are on hormone therapy and/or regular check ups. Moving on is almost as tough as living through diagnosis and treatment because whether you like it or not, cancer changes your life, forever. This book fills an important gap in cancer treatment, and is already helping me deal with all the mental trauma I've been experiencing from diagnosis through treatment, I'm glad I bought it.