My new book on how to support people living with cancer is published as a hardback by Roman & Littlefield and available from all online book sellers.

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Everyone will benefit from his advise“-Jack C. Westman, M.D.,author of The Cancer Solution: Taking Charge of Our Life with Cancer

“Simple but profound advice…rich in wisdom”-Betty Ferrell, Director, Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope

A must read for persons whose family member has cancer”-Youngmee Kim, Phd, University of Miami


At least once in your life someone will say to you, “I have cancer,” and when she says the three words, you may struggle with a response. If a loved one or friend hasn’t informed you of a cancer diagnosis, it’s only a matter of time until they will. Every year fourteen million people worldwide learn they are living with or may die from this insidious illness. The uncertainty of cancer causes anxiety in those diagnosed and feelings of inadequacy in loved ones and friends who want to help. 

When someone says “I have cancer,” what will you say? More importantly, what will you do? In LovingSupporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient, readers will learn specific ways of going beyond the response “I’m so sorry,” and practical behaviors that will ease a loved one or friend’s journey. They range from being specific immediately after a diagnosis, to honoring their loved one or friend at the moment of passing. 

Based on my cancer journey, thirty years of counseling and coaching people living with cancer and their loved ones, and as a bedside volunteer in four hospices over eight years, the book is filled with poignant accounts of clients and patients, personal reflections, and age-old stories filled with infinite wisdom.

20 Responses

  1. Becki Hawkins

    So many times in my nursing career in Oncology and Hospice the statement was made, “Becki, I don’t know what to say.” Bless you Stan for writing this book!!”


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About The Author

I am an author of eight books in four languages. LESSONS FOR THE LIVING: STORIES OF FORGIVENESS, GRATITUDE AND COURAGE AT THE END OF LIFE is my memoir of being a bedside hospice volunteer for six years while battling prostate cancer. My next book, LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS will be published in March, 2012 by New World Library and focus on caregiving for loved ones who have a progressive or terminal illness.