I'm a psychologist and I know how devastating the diagnosis of cancer can be at first. It is so important to instill hope and to provide specific coping skills. This book is a bit dry in the first chapters dealing with the demographics of the illness. It reads like a dissertation. But the coping skills later in the book are quite helpful and specific. I recommend it to cancer patients and their families as a way to respond actively and positively to the challenges of dealing with this illness.