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While going through treatment you might find yourself with extra time to pick up a good book. Whether you’re looking for informational books about your specific diagnosis and treatment or you’d prefer something fictional that will both allow you to forget about your own troubles for a while and give you a character to identify with, there are plenty of books to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites!

“Somebody Up There Hates You”
This book about two teens falling in love and battling cancer tackles serious topics without compromising on the humor (laughter is the best medicine after all). Teens and adults can both find something to identify with in this story of two lovers as they strive to live life to the fullest.

“Picture your life after cancer”
When The New York Times and American Cancer Society collaborate, you know it’s going to be good. The New York Times asked people to submit photos and answer the question “How is your life different after cancer?” This beautiful book is the result. Flip through for photos that depict overjoyed faces of survivors but also the honest pictures of loss, confusion and sadness or dive into the inspiring essays.

“The Emperor of All Maladies”
If you’re a history buff or someone who loves to know every detail about things, this biography of cancer is just for you. Written by a physician and researcher this book traces the origin, treatments and breakthroughs in the cancer world.

If you haven’t seen anything you like yet, don’t worry, we’re only getting started! There are so many more great books from what to eat when you change your diet to fantasy-filled dramas featuring identifiable characters. For user-recommended books from people who have been where you are, we highly recommend checking out these Goodread lists that separate the best books by category.

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