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  1. 7.0 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Oncologist and cancer gene hunter Theo Ross delivers the first authoritative go-to for people facing a genetic predisposition for cancer. There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States, and it’s estimated that about 1.3 million of these cases are hereditary. Yet despite advanced training in cancer genetics and years of practicing medicine, Dr. Theo Ross was never certain whether the history of cancers in her family was simple bad luck or a sign that they were carriers of a cancer-causing genetic mutation. Then she was diagnosed with melanoma, and for someone with a dark complexion, melanoma made no sense. It turned out there was a genetic factor at work. Using her own family’s story, the latest science of cancer genetics, and her experience as a practicing physician, Ross shows listeners how to spot the patterns of inherited cancer, how to get tested for cancer-causing genes, and what to do if you have one. With a foreword by Siddartha Mukherjee, prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, this will be the first authoritative go-to for people facing inherited cancer. This book empowers listeners to face their genetic heritage without fear and to make decisions that will keep them and their families healthy.

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    A Cancer in the Family

    7.0 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.1 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death—and be restored to life After being diagnosed in her early forties with metastatic melanoma—a “rapidly fatal” form of cancer—journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own—with very different results. Williams’ experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science—and the healing power of human connection.

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    A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles by Mary Elizabeth Williams
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  3. 7.3 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day in a hospital’s cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. In Brown’s skilled hands—as both a dedicated nurse and an insightful chronicler of events—we are given an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. By shift’s end, we have witnessed something profound about hope, healing, and humanity. Every day, Theresa Brown holds patients’ lives in her hands. On this day there are four: Mr. Hampton, a patient with lymphoma to whom Brown is charged with administering a powerful drug that could cure him—or kill him; Sheila, who may have been dangerously misdiagnosed; Candace, a returning patient who arrives (perhaps advisedly) with her own disinfectant wipes, cleansing rituals, and demands; and Dorothy, who after six weeks in the hospital may finally go home. Prioritizing and ministering to their needs takes the kind of skill, sensitivity, and, yes, humor that enable a nurse to be a patient’s most ardent advocate in a medical system marked by heartbreaking dysfunction as well as miraculous success.

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    The Shift by Theresa Brown, RN

    The Shift

    7.3 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.0 hrs • 4/4/2016 • Unabridged

    Worried about chemotherapy side effects? Have you heard that chemo makes your hair fall out? Are you concerned about what chemo will do to your skin or hair? What about peripheral neuropathy? Do you have it now? Are you worried it will get worse? If you don’t currently have it, are you concerned about chemotherapy giving you peripheral neuropathy in your feet and ankles? This booklet provides the research results of professionals for ways to improve your overall health–thus helping you cope with the overall procedure–as well as various specific things you can do to help your body deal with some of the less serious, but still annoying and deleterious, side effects of chemotherapy. All of these research results are freely available on the internet. The trouble is: finding them. I’ve simply simplified this for you here. I’ve done the work of gathering the applicable information and bringing it together for your convenience. Some of the chemo side effects discussed include:Hair loss in relation to the prescribed drugs and how to mitigate its effectsWhat to do about dry skinHow to reduce nail damage during chemoA relatively new, non-invasive procedure for peripheral neuropathy (typical treatments for peripheral neuropathy include addictive pharmaceuticals) Knowledge is power–power over your worry. Once you know what to expect, it’s easier to “let go” and just deal with it instead of worrying about it. Chemotherapy Relief gives you that knowledge. Chemotherapy Relief is written in a straight-forward, easy to understand language so anyone with an interest in the subject matter can quickly grasp the concepts.

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    Chemotherapy Relief

    1.0 hrs • 4/4/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 12.3 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Cancer touches everybody’s life in one way or another. But most of us know very little about how the disease works, why we treat it the way we do, and the personalities whose dedication got us where we are today. For fifty years, Dr. Vincent T. DeVita Jr. has been one of those key players: he has held just about every major position in the field, and he developed the first successful chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a breakthrough the American Society of Clinical Oncologists has called the top research advance in half a century of chemotherapy. As one of oncology’s leading figures, DeVita knows what cancer looks like from the lab bench and the bedside. The Death of Cancer is his illuminating and deeply personal look at the science and the history of one of the world’s most formidable diseases. In DeVita’s hands, even the most complex medical concepts are comprehensible. Cowritten with DeVita’s daughter, the science writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, The Death of Cancer is also a personal tale about the false starts and major breakthroughs, the strong-willed oncologists who clashed with conservative administrators (and one another), and the courageous patients whose willingness to test cutting-edge research helped those oncologists find potential treatments. An emotionally compelling and informative read, The Death of Cancer is also a call to arms. DeVita believes that we’re well on our way to curing cancer but that there are things we need to change in order to get there. Mortality rates are declining, but America’s cancer patients are still being shortchanged—by timid doctors, by misguided national agendas, by compromised bureaucracies, and by a lack of access to information about the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s cancer centers. With historical depth and authenticity, DeVita reveals the true story of the fight against cancer. The Death of Cancer is an ambitious, vital audiobook about a life-and-death subject that touches us all.

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  6. 4.0 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Kara Tippetts’ story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer. It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara’s story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing “God with us” through fierce and beautiful friendship. In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

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    Just Show Up

    By Kara Tippetts, with Jill Lynn Buteyn
    4.0 hrs • 10/1/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.0 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    In this very personal book, Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach retraces the twelve months following her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2013. From her on-air mammogram on GMA to her treatment and its impact on her work life, her family, and her marriage, Robach takes readers on an emotional journey of resilience, bravery, and hope.

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    Better

    8.0 hrs • 9/29/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 11.0 hrs • 9/22/2015 • Unabridged

    In this brave and deeply personal memoir, one of America’s most beloved journalists, mother, and New York Times bestselling author speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it’s had on her life. When former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden was diagnosed with breast cancer, she set out to learn everything about it to help her survive. With seven children counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis on Good Morning America, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into warrior mode. Within a few months, After losing her hair, Joan appeared on the cover of People magazine bald, showing the world she could, and would, beat the disease. Determined to remain upbeat—to look in the mirror with a brave face—her resolve empowered women everywhere. The Today show quickly recruited Joan as a special correspondent and continues to follow her progress. A deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance, Had I Known is a chronicle of Joan’s experience and the plan she formulated and followed to battle with her disease and treatment. As Joan reveals, while her journey was not easy, it profoundly changed her in unexpected ways. Her odyssey helped Joan redefine herself, her values, and most of all, her health. Following a new clean way of eating, Joan lost thirty pounds, became more aware of the food she was eating, and avoided many of the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy. Dealing with the cancer also changed her perception of true beauty. Being attractive isn’t about the hair on your head—it’s about the strength and character you bring to everything you do. Positive yet down-to-earth, told with piercing honesty leavened with warmth and humor, Had I Known offers unforgettable, inspirational lessons for us all.

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    Had I Known

    By Joan Lunden, with Laura Morton
    Read by Joan Lunden
    11.0 hrs • 9/22/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.8 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    Surviving non-Hodgkins lymphoma, melanoma, and prostate cancer, former White House chief-of-staff Hamilton Jordan shares his personal and political reflections—from his experiences with the Civil Rights movement to his civilian volunteer tour in Vietnam, from his years of scrutiny under the Carter administration to his agonizing, yet triumphant times battling cancer. Quickly motivated to accept cancer as a fact in his life, Jordan deals with the stages of the disease, “Denial? Deny what? I’ve got a mass in my chest the size of an apple … Angry? At whom? I have lived a great life and have been blessed with much more than I deserve … ‘Why me?’ but ‘Why not me?’ … Bargaining with God? The God that I believe in has all the cards.” Serving as an inspiration to others, Jordan stresses the importance of becoming proactive and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of a terminal disease. The warm voice of narrator Tom Stechschulte gives us an intimate portrait of this tireless public servant and crusader.

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    No Such Thing as a Bad Day

    Foreword by Jimmy Carter
    5.8 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 13.3 hrs • 8/21/2015 • Unabridged

    G. Edward Griffin marshals the evidence that cancer is a deficiency disease, like scurvy or pellagra, that is aggravated by the lack of an essential food compound in modern man’s diet. That substance is vitamin B17. In its purified form developed for cancer therapy, it is known as laetrile. This story is not approved by orthodox medicine. The FDA, the AMA, and the American Cancer Society have labeled it fraud and quackery. Yet the evidence is clear that here, at last, is the final answer to the cancer riddle. Why has orthodox medicine waged war against this non-drug approach? The author contends that the answer is to be found not in science but in politics—and is based upon the hidden economic and power agenda of those who dominate the medical establishment. This, Griffin’s revised and updated edition, is the most complete and authoritative treatise available on this topic.

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    World without Cancer

    13.3 hrs • 8/21/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.2 hrs • 7/7/2015 • Unabridged

    The breast cancer guide every woman needs for herself, her best friend, and her sister—a warm, practical, relatable handbook, that dispels the terror, taking you step-by-step through the process, from diagnosis to post-treatment. When Andrea Hutton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to know everything. She voraciously read books, articles, and websites and talked to everyone she knew. But nothing prepared her for what the surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation would feel like. Were there tricks that could ease her pain and discomfort? What was “fatigue” and how would it affect her? At what exact moment would her hair fall out and how? Hutton wanted what she could not find: a clear how-to guide for the cancer girl she had become. Bald Is Better with Earrings is Hutton’s answer for women diagnosed with breast cancer: a straightforward handbook, leavened with humor and inspiration, to shepherd them though the experience. Warm and down-to-earth, Hutton explains what to expect and walks you through this intense and emotional process: tests, surgery, chemo, losing your hair and shaving your head, being bald, and radiation treatments. Hutton offers a wealth of invaluable advice—from tricks for surviving chemo, to treating your skin during radiation, to keeping track of meds—and includes a practical list of tips for each stage of the process at the end of every chapter. Compassionate, friendly, and shaped by Hutton’s first-hand knowledge, Bald Is Better with Earrings is the comprehensive, essential companion for anyone dealing with breast cancer.

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    Bald is Better with Earrings

    5.2 hrs • 7/7/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.1 hrs • 3/10/2015 • Unabridged

    The fearless, intimate, and inspiring story behind ESPN anchor Stuart Scott’s unrelenting fight against cancer “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”—Stuart Scott Shortly before he passed away on January 4, 2015, Stuart Scott completed work on this memoir. It was both a labor of love and a love letter to life itself. Not only did Stuart relate his personal story—his childhood in North Carolina, his supportive family, his athletic escapades, his on-the-job training as a fledgling sportscaster, and his being hired and eventual triumphs at ESPN—he shared his intimate struggles to keep his story going. Struck by appendiceal cancer in 2007, Stuart battled this rare disease with an unimaginable tenacity and vigor. Countless surgeries, enervating chemotherapies, endless shuttling from home to hospital to office and back—Stuart continued defying fate, pushing himself through exercises and workout routines that kept him strong. He wanted to be there for his teenage daughters, Sydni and Taelor, not simply as their dad, but as an immutable example of determination and courage. Every Day I Fight is a saga of love, an inspiration to us all.

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    Every Day I Fight

    By Stuart Scott, with Larry Platt
    8.1 hrs • 3/10/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.3 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    A fascinating insider’s account of a major cancer cover-up Ralph W. Moss was assistant director of public affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City when he unveiled a cover-up of positive tests with America’s most controversial anticancer agent, laetrile. He was ordered by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center officials to falsify reports. He refused. Instead, he organized an underground employee group called Second Opinion to oppose the cover-up. Moss is the author of more than a dozen books on cancer, but this is by far his most dramatic work: a first-person account of those shocking events.

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    Doctored Results by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

    Doctored Results

    8.3 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 17.9 hrs • 2/5/2015 • Unabridged

    The updated edition of an international bestseller, with more than 250,000 copies sold worldwide. As a young veterinarian and decathlon athlete, Dr. Ian Gawler had his right leg amputated as a result of bone cancer in 1975. The cancer returned later that year. Against almost impossible odds, he recovered and went on to found one of the world’s first lifestyle-based, cancer self-help and support programs in 1981. Originally published in 1984, You Can Conquer Cancer is a revolutionary book that has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide and has been translated into fourteen languages. This edition is completely updated and contains whole sections that provide important new information and self-help techniques. Notable for its clarity, this audiobook expands upon what is a truly integrated, holistic approach to cancer-emphasizing nutrition, the power of the mind, meditation, family and social support, and the spiritual dimension of life.

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    You Can Conquer Cancer

    Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon
    17.9 hrs • 2/5/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.8 hrs • 10/2/2014 • Unabridged

    The author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy dares all women who have had a stumble in life to harness their fighting spirit and stand back up with courage and optimism. One mastectomy, two C-sections, three pants sizes, and lots of red lipstick later, Geralyn Lucas is dealing with the same issues as other women her age. Her miracle babies have grown into a typical tween with a fierce eye-roll for her mom’s failings and a tornado of a little boy who won’t play by his preschool’s rules. Her storybook romance with her husband has spiraled into couples therapy and her perfect-if-demanding corporate job as a TV producer has abandoned her for LA. When she looks in the mirror at her hard-won wrinkles, all she wants is … Botox. Celebrating her sweet sixteen cancerversary she’s thankful for her second chance and ready to be daring—but can she survive life’s new ups and downs with the same courage she’s always had? With an infectiously hilarious voice and a true sense of empowerment, Geralyn harnesses her fighting spirit to live life loudly and lustily, and to grab on to all the moments that might never have happened. Knowing she can only pedal forward, she mines every day for boldness, joy, and gratitude, and eventually falls in love with life again. Then Came Life is not just for cancer survivors; it’s for life survivors—a call to rediscover the resilience and optimism it takes to reinvent yourself at any age.

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    Then Came Life

    7.8 hrs • 10/2/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 3.4 hrs • 9/16/2014 • Unabridged

    A sensational memoir with all the emotional power of The Fault in Our Stars, The Yellow World is the story of cancer and survival that has moved and inspired readers around the world. “My heroes don’t wear red capes. They wear red bands.” Albert Espinosa never wanted to write a book about cancer—so he didn’t. Instead, he shares his most touching, funny, tragic, and happy memories in the hopes that others, healthy and sick alike, can draw the same strength and vitality from them. At thirteen, Espinosa was diagnosed with cancer, and he spent the next ten years in and out of hospitals, undergoing one daunting procedure after another, starting with the amputation of his left leg. After going on to lose a lung and half of his liver, he was finally declared cancer-free. Only then did he realize that the one thing sadder than dying is not knowing how to live. In this rich and rewarding book, Espinosa takes us into what he calls “the yellow world,” a place where fear loses its meaning; where strangers become, for a moment, your greatest allies; and where the lessons you learn will nourish you for the rest of your life.

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    The Yellow World

    3.4 hrs • 9/16/14 • Unabridged
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