The list author says: "The following is a list of cancer books which I've found useful over the years. The list begins with books oriented towards cancer treatment, then moves to books focusing on cancer biology. Within each of these two groups, the books are roughly arranged in order from less to more technical, although books with very similar subject matter tend to be grouped together."
"Sage advice on psychologically dealing with cancer, finding a path to confront fear while maintaining realistic hope. Applies to any form of illness, and indeed life in general. The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by the author himself."
"An important discussion of the rationale for combination therapy, along with details regarding specific agents to consider and some background on the biology of cancer. Written at a level accessible to patients, while also technical enough for physicians and researchers."
"A superb book on 'treatments your oncologist won't tell you about', especially off-label drugs, supplements, and cocktails. Weaves in the author's personal experience in dealing with a brain tumor, along with related evaluation of problems with the cancer establishment."
"An excellent resource on diet, exercise, and mind-body approaches to preventing and treating cancer. Weaves in the author's personal experience in dealing with a brain tumor, including the challenge of confronting one's mortality. Both informative and moving."
"One of the best available books on integrative cancer treatment, from an oncologist with decades of clinical and research experience. Includes extensive information on specifics of diet, supplements, and exercise, along with some relevant biological rationale."
"The most comprehensive book available on use of natural compounds in cancer therapy. Very detailed, with thousands of references to peer-reviewed literature. Unfortunately, the book came out in 2001, and thus doesn't reflect continuing research since then, though this doesn't invalidate the book. Out of print, so download it from Oregon Medical Press."
"Offers an insider's perspective on what it's like to be a neurosurgeon who operates on patients with brain tumors. An engaging and quick read, though it doesn't do justice to the full range of available treatment options."
"A critique of the war on cancer, arguing that we've been losing the war and thus a new approach is needed. I agree with the author on some points and disagree on others; see my lengthy Amazon review of the book for more details."
"An excellent history of cancer research and treatment. Intended for a broad audience and thus not overly technical, but plenty educational nonetheless. Though exceptionally well written, quite long at 600 pages, so consider the excellent audiobook if that suits you better."
"A useful edited collection of 19 chapters dealing with various aspects of GBM and its treatment. Written at the level of medical journals, and thus not suitable for most patients/caregivers. The editor's grossly inaccurate statement that 'patients in most cases do not survive more than a few months after the diagnosis' raises doubts about his expertise."
"Concisely and lucidly describes the existence of a precancer phase (prior to invasion) for most cancers, and the importance of early detection/treatment of precancer as a key strategy to prevent cancer. Also packed with much insight about cancer in general, including an excellent chapter on the limitations and biases of clinical trials."
"Perhaps the best available 'beginner's guide' to cancer. Covers basics of cancer biology, along with risk factors and treatment. Suitable for general readers comfortable with science, yet also sophisticated enough to offer new insights to people with biomedical background. A relatively quick and easy read, and the price can't be beat."
"The first half of this book is a well-illustrated introduction to cancer biology and treatment, written at a level suitable for general readers comfortable with science, but detailed enough for a university cancer course for non-biology majors. The second half of the book consists of nine chapters providing more details on particular types of cancer (brain tumors aren't included)."
"A decent introductory overview of cancer biology, written at the level of a first university course, so challenging for most general readers. Brings out key points, though oriented towards conventional thinking, and often gets bogged down in details."
"One of my favorite books on cancer biology. A nice balance between major concepts and details, avoiding obsession with molecular biology. Written at the level of an introductory cancer course for biology majors, so challenging for general readers. Limited coverage of the latest thinking from the past decade."
"A magnificent book on general pathology, about 250 pages of which is packed with valuable insights regarding the biology of cancer. Includes extensive color illustrations, especially histologic sections. Pricey, but worth every penny."
"A uniquely important book which offers deep insights into the biology and treatment of cancer by drawing on anatomic and cytopathology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, taxonomics, and more."
"Considered by many to be the gold standard of textbooks on cancer biology. Well written and abundantly illustrated, but very detailed and extensive, and thus best suited for cancer specialists. Written from the perspective of a single author, so it doesn't cover all ideas or perspectives. A new edition may be coming out around early 2012."