Health and Disease

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Literature Guide: Cancer

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

WCIU Journal: Health and Disease Topic

September 25, 2018

Compiled by Timothy Skinner

Library of Congress Classification

RC 261 – RC 282

Dewey Decimal Classification

259 Pastoral care of families and kinds of persons
616 Diseases

Library of Congress Subject Headings

AIDS malignancies
Biological response modifiers
Cancer cells
Cancer pain
Cell proliferation
Drug resistance in cancer cells
Hodgkin’s disease in children Insurance, Cancer
Pap test
Precancerous conditions
Renal cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma


Cancer Health
Coping with Cancer

CURE: Cancer Updates, Research & Education
International Journal of Radiation Oncology and Biological Physics

Periodical Articles

Del Regato, Juan A. 1983. “Albert Soiland and the Early Development of Therapeutic Radiology in the United States.” International Journal of Radiation Oncology and Biological Physics 9: 243-53.

Jaret, Peter. 1986. “Our Immune System: The Wars Within.” National Geographic (June): 702-35.

Lampe, Isadore. 1944. “The Radiation Therapist in Contemporary Medicine.” Radiology 43: 181-83.

Weaver, Robert F. 1976. “The Cancer Puzzle.” National Geographic (September): 396-99.

Reference Works

The Cancer Atlas
Cancer Caregiving A-Z: An At-Home Guide for Patients and Families
Encyclopedia of Cancer, 4 vol.
Encyclopedia of Cancer Prevention and Management. Vol. 1: Contemporary Approaches in Cancer Treatment
Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer (2015) 3 vol.

Reference Books with Relevant Articles or Chapters

Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology
Biographical Dictionary of Medicine
Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 15th ed. (1987). Ch. 9: “Hematology and Oncology”
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World


History, Politics, and Biography

Del Regato, Juan A. 1995. Radiation Oncologists.

Lerner, Barron H. 2001. The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mukherjee, Siddhartha. 2011. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. New York: Scribner.

Patterson, James T. 1987. The Dread Disease: Cancer and Modern American Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Proctor, Robert N. 1995. Cancer Wars: How Politics Shapes What We Know and Don’t Know about Cancer. New York: Basic Books.

Chamberlain, Jonathan. 2012. The Cancer Survivor’s Bible. 2d rev. ed. Long Island Press.

Farmer, Peter, and John Walker, eds. 1985. The Molecular Basis of Cancer. New York: Springer.

Laszlo, John 1995. The Cure of Childhood Leukemia: Into the Age of Miracles. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Link, John. 2012. The Breast Cancer Survival Manual. 5th ed. New York: Holt Paperbacks.

Weinberg, Robert A. 1998. One Renegade Cell: How Cancer Begins. New York: Basic Books.

Counseling, Consolation, and Encouragement

Becton, Randy, and Dave Dravecky. 2006. Everyday Strength: A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Spiritual Survival. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Howard, Deborah. 2014. Help! Someone I Love Has Cancer. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press.

Holmes, Suz, and Jenny Wheeler. 2014. Missing You: Finding Hope in Hardship. Terebinth Estate Publishing.

Lewis, Alaric, and R. W. Alley (illustrator). 2005. When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide to Help Kids Cope. Philadelphia: Abbey Press.

Piper, John. 2011. Don’t Waste Your Cancer. Crossway.

Thompson, Deanna A. 2012. Hoping for More: Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.


American Association for Cancer Research

American Cancer Society

Cancer Treatment Centers of America