Best Books for Cancer Patients – A gift guide

The gift of a good book provides comfort, inspiration, and support. 


The gift of a good book provides comfort, inspiration, and support to a cancer patient. How do you choose the perfect book when there are so many for sale? This list has books written by doctors and cancer patients alike. Their personal stories offer hope for everyone with cancer.


Give a gift that provides useful information with a book that explains the latest facts about healing foods and drinks. Your loved one will find delicious recipes in the cookbooks. Many of these books give helpful information about alternative treatments. There are easy to read books that explain the science of how cancer cures work and make thoughtful gifts. Show you care by sending a message of love with each of these books.

Give the gift of good nutrition. In Beating Cancer with Nutrition, author Dr. Quillin offers this simple guide. As the vice president of nutrition at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, he is an expert in food and health. This easy to follow book explains how to eat well with cancer and even includes recipes. Both doctors and cancer patients recommend this best selling book.

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease is the best book for cancer patients and anyone who wants to eat right and live a long life. This New York Times best-selling book is written by Dr. Michael Greger, who has devoted his life to showing how nutrition affects health. Give a gift that will educate and inspire. 

Every woman wants to look and feel her best. Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer is a complete resource for cancer patients. This gift offers the best advice for taking care of skin, hair, and nails during cancer treatment. Illustrated and full of style choices, this book covers every beauty issue from wig shopping to makeup.

What Cancer Cannot Do: Stories of Courage is an uplifting book full of scripture, positive quotes, and heartfelt stories written by cancer survivors. Perfect for reading whenever courage is needed. This gift reminds patients that cancer cannot beat faith and love.

Offer comfort each day with 50 Days of Hope. This book offers beautiful messages of support, written by others with cancer. The stories will inspire your loved one with daily encouragement. Share the hope of God's Word with this powerful gift.

Having cancer means having questions. In Cancer Secrets, Dr. Jonathan Stegall, a successful oncologist, explains how to use every tool available to fight cancer. This easy to read book helps patients learn more about cancer and how to treat it, with both modern and alternative medicine. Offer hope with this gift that describes all the options available.

The Winning and Preventing Cancer Diet is so much more than a cookbook! Information on cancer-fighting foods is combined with tasty, easy to make recipes that the whole family will enjoy. This book has flavors from around the world and includes Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan recipes. Perfect for anyone who wants to improve their nutrition to fight cancer.

Do you want to share your love of tea with a cancer patient? Cancer Hates Tea is perfect for tea drinkers, and for those who want to use the power of tea as a proven cancer fighter. Based on thousands of studies, the book explains how tea works in the body to fight cancer and boost health. Offering the benefits of this delicious drink is a useful and thoughtful gift. 

Learn how food fights cancer symptoms with this easy to follow cookbook. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Second Edition, has been updated with new recipes and no-cook foods for low energy days. This award-winning cookbook is the perfect gift for cancer patients and their families. 

Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor's Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer helps anyone diagnosed with breast cancer take charge of her life. Written by a breast cancer survivor, this award-winning book has information, checklists, and useful tips that help patients stay positive. Show her you care with this thoughtful and inspiring gift. 

Give expert advice on nutrition with Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a respected doctor and clinical assistant professor, guides patients through the best food and vitamin choices to create a strong nutritional plan. This powerful book teaches how to use fresh foods for better health and healing. 

The book 90 Days to Live: Beating Cancer When Modern Medicine Offers No Hope is a real-life story, written by a survivor and his wife. This couple beat the odds after receiving his terminal diagnosis. This committed team raised a family, built a business, and beat his cancer while using a 100% natural cure. This heart-warming story is a gift that offers inspiration and victory. 

How to Starve Cancer is part life-story and part guide to the best nutrition for cancer patients. Author Jane McLelland has created a plan to create a personal, cancer-starving diet. By using the right foods and supplements, Jane beat her terminal cancer. In this powerful story, she explains all the steps needed to be a survivor. A true gift of hope!

In his book, Chris Beat Cancer, author Chris Wark describes how he used a toxin-free diet and lifestyle to win his cancer fight. Instead of chemotherapy, Chris made radical changes that created a life of wellness. An emotional and powerful gift that guides the reader through the changes needed for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. 

This New York Times Best Seller is a powerful guide to the lifestyle changes that help fight and prevent cancer. In Anticancer: A New Way of Life, author Dr. David Servan-Schreiber describes his journey from being diagnosed with brain cancer to living a healthy life. This important book shows how to combine science and diet for a life of balance and healing. 

Give the gift of hope with this inspirational story of natural healing. N of 1: One Man's Harvard-Documented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, is a powerful book. Before there was a medical cure for his disease, the author researched and used the best natural ways to heal himself. Scientifically documented, this book is a valuable resource for any cancer patient. 

Having a child with cancer is a very emotional experience for parents. Offer comfort by sharing this beautiful story. Written by her father, Shane Meader, the book Curing Coral: A Journey Through Childhood Cancer is a moving story of this family's journey. Some of the proceeds from this book are donated to childhood cancer treatment and research. 

The Truth about Cancer is an informative gift that explains everything about this disease. Learn what really causes cancer and the many unconventional treatments that work to fight it. True stories of successful healing fill this book and provide all the information needed on alternative treatments and true health. This book is a special gift that offers knowledge and hope.

Why do some people survive cancer, even when they have a terminal diagnosis? Radical Remission answers that question by explaining the nine things that survivors have in common. Based on thousands of cases, this book looks at what changes are needed in life to beat the odds and be a survivor. Give the gift of comfort and hope to someone close to you. 

Give her the gift of laughter with the book Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips. This book is the story of Kris Carr, a remarkable woman who beat cancer with humor and love. Kris offers advice, information, and has filled her book with resources for every woman fighting cancer. Give a gift that will touch her heart and let her know she is not alone. 

About the Author

When my best friend was diagnosed with Cancer, I wanted to give her a care package to let her know I was thinking of her. I was just guessing at what to include and I learned a lot about what can be both useful and meaningful to someone walking their cancer journey. My own frustration led me to start Help Them Fight to create a resource for others going through the same situation.