At the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s full service library, the Patient Family Education Resource Center – or PERC – librarians and volunteers are always ready to help. Books, electronic devices (some can be checked out), suggested reading lists and other resources are available to Cancer Center patients, families and caregivers. Not sure what you want? Staff at the PERC can help you figure it out.
Here are just some of the recently purchased books you can find at the PERC:
Cancer and friendship
In The Etiquette of Illness, Susan Halpern, a psychotherapist, social worker and founder of the New York Cancer Help Program, shares her considerable expertise on how best to comfort a close friend, colleague or relation who is living with a serious physical or mental illness. This book, as well as other books on the subject, is available for check out at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC).
How to Be a Friend to A Friend Who’s Sick provides information that helps people to cope when they know someone who’s sick or suffering. The author of this book began talking to her fellow patients and dozens of others with serious illness, seeking to discover what sick people wished their friends knew about how best to comfort, help, and even simply talk to them. She has taken her findings and compiled them into this book which is available to check out, as well as other books on the topic of friendship, cancer and communication, at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC).
How to Help Your Friend with Cancer provides practical advice for friends and families when someone they know is facing cancer. It contains suggestions for expressing concern and helping in practical ways throughout a friend’s cancer experience. These tips cover all points of the cancer journey from diagnosis, through treatment, and after active treatment. This book, as well as other books about coping with cancer, is available at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC) for check out.
Coping with cancer
When Your Life Is Touched by Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals and Those Who Care helps sort out many of the issues involved with a cancer diagnosis including tips and suggestions for communicating about cancer with friends, family, and doctors. The book also provides information about traditional and nontraditional treatment options, and what happens when treatment ends. It is clear and easy to follow and provides practical advice and tools to help throughout your cancer journey. When Your Life, as well as other books on the topic of coping with cancer, is available at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC) for check out.
Couples and cancer
And in Health includes engaging and short lessons for couples navigating the life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. Dan Shapiro draws on his more than twenty-five years of clinical work as a health psychologist who has researched and worked with couples facing cancer, and on his own experiences of being both the patient and the spouse of the patient, to bring together insights on facing cancer while maintaining a strong relationship. And in Health, as well as other books on this topic, is available for check out at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC).
Yoga for Cancer, written by a cancer survivor and certified yoga teacher, shows how to use yoga to manage the challenges of cancer and its treatment. This book helps you to create a safe home yoga practice that addresses the specific physical needs, risks, and emotions of cancer patients and survivors. You can find this book at Patient Education Resource Center (PERC), as well as other books on complementary therapies, available for check out.
This is a practical and highly accessible guide to life after cancer. The number of cancer survivors is continuing to increase and some of the issues facing survivors include physical, psychological, social, and spiritual issues. The Cancer Survivor’s Companion includes information on body image issues, money troubles, relationship and work problems, as well as health issues arising from cancer treatment. These issues last for the rest of the survivors’ lives, and they can be quite difficult to handle. This book provides practical self-help tools and mini self-management guides that enable readers to thrive. You can check out Survivor’s Companion, along with other books on survivorship, at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC).
Survivorship: Living Well During and After Cancer is written by Dr. Barrie Cassileth, a leader in integrative cancer treatment. His book provides up to date evidence-based information on available integrative therapies. Dr. Cassileth wants to help patients begin to separate the facts from the hype when considering complementary medicine. You can find this book at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC), along with others on the topics of survivorship and complementary medicine.
After Cancer Care focuses on a patient’s lifestyle after cancer treatment. The book focuses on how to best maintain physical health and emotional health to avoid relapse. Chapters on epigenetics, diet and nutrition, and exercise are included. This book, as well as other books on the topic of survivorship, is available at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC) for check out.
A 12 year cancer survivor and oncology rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Julie K. Silver wrote Before and After Cancer Treatment to help others navigate through a cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond. This book describes improved therapies, better delivery of care, holistic care options, exercise and diet recommendations, fatigue fighters and emotional health. This book, as well as other books on survivorship, is available at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC) for check out.
Take the next step:
- Learn more – the Patient Family Education Resource Center (PERC) provides a vital link between patients and the most current cancer information resources. It is a full-service library housing a comprehensive collection of print and audiovisual resources on all aspects of cancer. It’s located on Level B2 in the main lobby of the Cancer Center, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can call them at 734-647-8626.
The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 1,000 doctors, nurses, care givers and researchers are united by one thought: to deliver the highest quality, compassionate care while working to conquer cancer through innovation and collaboration. The center is among the top-ranked national cancer programs, and #1 in Michigan according to U.S. News & World Report. Our multidisciplinary clinics offer one-stop access to teams of specialists for personalized treatment plans, part of the ideal patient care experience. Patients also benefit through access to promising new cancer therapies.