Library Update - November 2019

“I’ll start in the middle, where the cancer has started, right in the guts...” And so begins businessman, comedian, author – and cancer survivor - David Downs’ remarkable book A Mild Touch of the Cancer.

 David was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2017. During his treatment, he wrote a blog, published on, as a way of keeping a sense of control in his life as he underwent several rounds of chemotherapy.

When his cancer returned despite treatment, his blogging served a new and, as it turned out, life-saving purpose. An interested reader of the blog led him to Boston to have a new type of immunotherapy: CAR-T cell therapy.

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David’s book, A Mild Touch of the Cancer, is an expanded version of his blog and is both upbeat and honest. Not shying away from the realities of life in and out of the hospital, he artfully combines information with humour. 

It’s not just a book for those living with cancer – it’s for anyone that enjoys an uplifting story of survival against the odds – and a good laugh.

Other new titles:

Living with Cancer Front Cover 20190630 webThis is Living with Cancer by Marie Preston,, NZ, 2019. In this lovely book, Marie nurse, educator and chaplain from Wellington, tells her story of living life around her many episodes of cancer and what has sustained her.

100 Questions and Answers about Prostate Cancer, 5th edition, by Pamela Ellsworth, Jones Bartlett Learning, USA, 2019. The latest in this popular series – great information and answers to common questions.

Dr Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer 4th edition by Patrick C. Walsh and Janet Farrar Worthington, Little, Brown and Company, USA, 2018. An update to this comprehensive guide by highly regarded urologist Dr Patrick Walsh.

The Key to Prostate Cancer by Dr Mark Scholz, Prostate Oncology Specialists, USA, 2018. Explains the complexities of prostate cancer and its range of treatments.

The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer by Professor Trisha Greenhalgh and Dr Liz O’Riordan, Vermilion, UK, 2018. Written by a GP and breast surgeon who have both had breast cancer. An excellent resource which covers a range of situations including information on breast cancer in men, breast cancer LGBT, breast cancer in older people, and secondary breast cancer.

The Other Days: Living with a brain tumour diagnosis by Gillian Lee, The Conrad Press, UK, 2018.The story of Gillian’s diagnosis, treatment and living with glioblastoma

Wellbeing Journal by Breathe Magazine, Ammonite Publishing, UK, 2018 – a self-care treat – a beautiful book with notes and ideas to encourage wellbeing.

Finding Your Way – Caring for yourself while caring for someone else by Verran Townsend, Rippling Print, UK, 2019.  This book is a collection of the notebook of reminders that helped Verran while caring for his wife Karen. 

Nearing the End of Life: A guide for relatives and friends of the dying by Sue Brayne and Dr Peter Fenwick, Brown Dog Books, UK, 2018. A practical, comforting guide for people caring for a loved one.

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