It is a rare week that goes by at Berkeley Heights Public Library when we don’t hear that someone has cancer or is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. On a good week, someone is celebrating a survivor anniversary. On a bad week, someone has died. For these reasons we quickly applied for a grant from the New Jersey State Library, provided by an anti-trust settlement against Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, to purchase cancer-related materials. The grant was originally targeted to a specific group of cancers, but it expanded to become more inclusive.
The collection now includes books about many types of cancer, including several from the 100 Questions and Answers Series and John Hopkins Patient Guides. The titles range from the point of being diagnosed through conventional and alternative treatments. On the nutritional side, the titles range from diets to avoid cancer through diets for chemo patients.
In addition to books, the collection now includes more audio titles to help people cope with and even optimize cancer treatments through meditation, positive thinking and visualization.
Although we would prefer that no one ever needs these resources, we are ready to help.
- S. Bakos
Recommended Online Medical Resources:
Healthy New Jersey www.healthynj.org
Healthy New Jersey cancer resources www.healthynj.org/groups/diseasecancer.html
American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov
Health Resources at the Berkeley Heights Public Library:
Dewey Decimal Classification numbers for medical and health books range from 610 to 619 at the Berkeley Heights Public Library and most libraries worldwide that use DDC.
Health sciences databases are available to library card holders through the EBSCO databases listed on our 'Databases & Articles' page
A selection of our new acquisitions about cancer treatment:
Fighting cancer with knowledge and hope : a guide for patients, families, and health care providers / Richard C. Frank, MD ; illustrations by Gale V. Parsons.
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