Reading Recommendations for Caregivers

The books below have been recommended by breast cancer survivors or are recommended by other caregiver resource groups. Since 2000, VBCF has provided grants to Virginia public libraries to purchase up-to-date breast cancer materials.  You may be able to check these titles out at your local library.

For All Caregivers

Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out (Second Edition)

Author: Deborah J. Cornwall

When Life Becomes Precious: The Essential Guide for Patients, Loved Ones, and Friends of Those Facing Serious Illness

Author: Elise Babcock

When a Woman You Care About has Breast Cancer

From Frankly Speaking About Cancer. Order free copy at


For Husbands, Fathers, and other Male Caregivers

Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men

Author: John W. Anderson

Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) During Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond

Author: Marc Silver


To Read Together

Breast Support: If You or Someone You Love has Breast Cancer, You Need This Book

Author: Gwendoline Smith

Couples Confronting Cancer

Authors: Joy L. Fincannon, R.N., M.S., Katherine V. Bruss, Psy. D.


For Friends

Treat Her Like a Princess: How to Help Your Girlfriend with Breast Cancer

Author: Denise Hazen



Frankly Speaking About Cancer  Resource for lots of different FREE materials about how to deal with different aspects of cancer.

Help for Cancer Caregivers Resources on how to handle being a cancer caregiver.

Family Caregiver Alliance Check out their “New to Caregiving” section.

Caregivers and Family How to care for someone with cancer, taking care of yourself as a caregiver, how to be supportive of someone with cancer.

Free Mobile App- My Cancer Manager

App is available for iPhone.

Lotsa Helping Hands 

Website where you can coordinate a meal calendar


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