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StringsforaCURE® provides books to patients to educate them so that they can make decisions based on knowledge rather than fear.  The Beating Cancer with Nutrition book helps educate the patient on cancer prevention and raise awareness of the importance of health and wellness to recovery.  We also provide a book that inspires hope for every patient, even those with a Stage IV diagnosis.


  • The educational books are intended for patients with breast cancer, but patients with other cancer diagnoses may apply.
  • Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Patient must complete the application for a StringsforaCURE Book including the specific book requested.

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Below is the list of books available from StringsforaCURE.

Book Description
Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide
by Chuck Ehrlich, Emily Iker, MD, Karen Louise Herbst, PhD, MD, Linda-Anne Kahn, CMT, CLT-LANA, Dorothy D. Sears, PhD, Mandy Kenyon, MS, RD, CSSD, and Elizabeth McMahon, PhD 
Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide: Eat to starve lymphedema and lipedema by having foods that fight these conditions (and cancer) and avoiding foods that contribute to symptoms or related conditions. Learn how food choices affect both conditions and how better nutrition can improve symptoms (including pain) and delay progression to more advanced stages.
Eating more wisely can help you feel better and improve your lymphedema or lipedema. Learn why nutrition is important, what to eat and which foods to avoid, as well as which vitamins, minerals, and supplements to consider.
This book combines the clinical expertise of leading specialists, personal insights from living with lymphedema and lipedema, and the latest research on nutrition and behavior change.
Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book by Susan M. Love, and M.D., Karen Lindsey  Dr Susan Love's Breast Book Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has long been the bible for the newly diagnosed. It also becomes a guide for those at risk of getting breast cancer, survivors interested in the consequences of their treatment, and anyone who wants to understand the new research about how the local environment influences the manifestations and treatments of many different kinds of breast cancer. Major advances being made in genetic research today mean that prevention and treatment can work not only to get rid of mutated cells (through chemo or surgery), but also to change the environment around the cells (through hormone therapy, exercise, and stress reduction). Among other promising developments discussed are advances in imaging, recognition of breast density as a risk factor, and a section focused on “personalized medicine” to help determine what kind of cancer you have and how best to treat it.
Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr and Foreword by Sheryl Crow Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips Very inspirational! Kris is surviving with stage 4 liver cancer.  Actress and photographer Kris Carr thought she had a hangover, but a Jivamukti yoga class didn’t provide its usual kick-ass cure. A visit to her doctor confirmed her “liver looked like Swiss cheese,” covered with cancerous tumors. She entered trench warfare (wearing cowboy boots into the MRI machine, no less), vowing, “Cancer needed a makeover and I was just the gal to do it!” She began writing and filming her journey, documenting her interactions with friends, doctors, alternative “quacks,” blind dates, and other women with cancer—sadly a growing group. These include hip, young women such as illustrator-author Marisa Acocella Marchetto (Cancer Vixen), Glamourwriter-editor Erin Zammett (My So-Called Normal Life), MTV personality Diem Brown (Real World/Road Rules Challenge), model Sharon Blynn (founder, Bald Is Beautiful), and music manager Jackie Farry, among others.
Beating Cancer With Nutrition by Patrick Quillin, PHD,RD,CNS with Noreen Quillin  Beating Cancer With Nutrition This book offers up-to-date information about the human body’s own “host defense mechanisms” in the war on cancer, providing a multidisciplinary approach to treatment based on scientific studies and clinical experience. Quillin, a medical professional who has published extensively, has conducted nutrition studies with hundreds of patients in formal clinical settings. He discusses conventional therapies (chemotherapy, surgery), alternative therapies (macrobiotics, herbal and vitamin therapies), and related factors (psychosocial health, drugs, tobacco, immune dysfunctions). Appendixes list treatment referral agencies, mail-order nutrition products, suggested readings, nutritionally oriented doctors in the United States and Canada, and recipes using foods known to slow tumor growth. Written in an easy-to-read style, this work is informative, but some sections seem misplaced or redundant, and charts and graphs occasionally lack an identified source and are difficult to read. Still, this useful guide to authoritative alternatives in cancer treatment would be appreciated in public library or consumer health collections.
Love, Medicine & Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patient by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.Love Medicine & Miracles Siegel, a New Haven surgeon, believes that the power of healing stems from the human mind and will, that his scalpel only buys time against cancer, and that self-love and determination are more important than choice of therapy. His philosophy has caused radical changes in his practice. Siegel recounts many arresting anecdotes: joyous stories of patients who survived against all odds, sad chronicles of those who seemingly gave up and assented to their own deaths. The author’s credentials make this one of the more plausible books on the mind-body connection.
Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place by Suzanne Somers Knockout In Knockout, Suzanne Somers interviews doctors who are successfully using the most innovative cancer treatments—treatments that build up the body rather than tear it down. Somers herself has stared cancer in the face, and a decade later she has conquered her fear and has emerged confident with the path she’s chosen.  She shares her personal choices and outlines an array of options from doctors across the country.
The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer by Hollye JacobsSilver Lining As a healthy, happy thirty-nine-year-old mother with no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease rocked Hollye Jacobs’s world. Having worked as a nurse, social worker, and child development specialist for fifteen years, she suddenly found herself in the position of moving into the hospital bed. She was trained as a clinician to heal. In her role as patient, the healing process became personal.  Exquisitely illustrated with full-color photographs by Hollye’s close friend, award-winning photographer Elizabeth Messina, The Silver Lining is both Hollye’s memoir and a practical, supportive resource for anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. The Silver Lining of Hollye’s illness is that she can now use the knowledge gleaned from her experience to try to make it better for those who have to follow her down this difficult path. This is why she is sharing her story. At once comforting and instructive, realistic and inspiring, The Silver Lining is a visually beautiful, poignant must-read for everyone who has been touched by cancer.