I would give them anything written by Bernie Segal who survived cancer and his books, videos, and seminars are used for patients while taking chemotherapy. This book deals with the survivalist mentality as Does Bernie Segal but his are more specific to cancer patients.
This book is absolutely appropriate for someone recently diagnosed with cancer. It will help bring peace by helping one in finding their will to meaning. That their life has meaning and that who you are is the most important aspect in living and finding peace.
I think so, it discusses how we have to find meaning/purpose in life. It also stresses the importance of hope and that even when our free choice is limited externally, we still have the ability to choose our attitude toward the situation.
I agree, this is an especially powerful book, worthwhile for a newly diagnosed cancer patient, and for everyone else, too. I myself was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, and continue to find Frankl's book as powerful as it was when I first read it, in graduate school in the late 1960s.. I assigned it often throughout my career when I was teaching The Holocaust to university students. No other book I assigned resonated so well with them; long after graduation, many still tell me it was the best book they ever HAD to read. With best wishes, Douglas R. Skopp (author of a novel, Shadows Walking, about two Germans, both idealists, both ardent nationalists, both determined to "save" humankind through medicine---the chief difference between them, one is Jewish and the other is not. Shadows Walking A Novel Shadows Walking is available as a paperback and as a Kindle Book.)