“An invaluable guide to patients and their families navigating the difficult journey through cancer.”


When your doctor utters the word “cancer,” life changes in an instant. It is a moment when time stands still, a moment laden with anxiety and uncertainty. A new journey is beginning, and it is one for which you are likely ill prepared.

For a newly diagnosed patient, it is like going on a trip without knowing the destination or method of transportation, with no map to guide you and no planned arrival time. It is little wonder that patients often feel overwhelmed and unable to participate in critical decisions about their care. Our logical minds stop working just when we need to be thinking with absolute clarity about our next steps.

After You Hear It's Cancer is a survival guide for this difficult time. It helps you see through the initial fog of distress, anticipate the curves and bends in the road ahead, and make the right decisions for you and your family. This book covers a broad range of topics, from the selection of your care team to critical decisions at the end of treatment.

John and Lori integrate cutting-edge research with the perspectives of numerous cancer patients to yield an empathetic but pragmatic handbook that should be required reading for all cancer patients and their caregivers.

Hear how four lives were forever changed by a cancer diagnosis as 3 patients and a surviving spouse discuss the journey through cancer. The video moves from the moment of diagnosis thru the grace bestowed by a difficult journey with many hurdles along the way. Play Video.

If you are a cancer patient, caregiver, or a cancer care provider, this is one book you must read!
— Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS Chair, Commission on Cancer
...an insightful and compassionate navigation path from diagnosis to closure after you hear it’s cancer…
— Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS 17th Surgeon General of the United States; Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona
…this book will prepare you to help your friends, family or yourself should any of you hear the words, “You have cancer.”
— Annette Bloch, Co-Founder R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation
…a wealth of information to assist patients and their families navigate the complicated cancer care system and to participate in the decision making process for their own care.
— Robert Carlson, MD Chief Executive Officer of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network; Professor of Medicine (emeritus), Stanford University Medical Center
…a very complete and updated guide to the complex world of cancer diagnosis, care, and treatment.
— Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, Neumann M. and Mildred E. Harris Professor; Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology at University of Nebraska Medical Center
After You Hear It’s Cancer is a reliable GPS and bright light with which to navigate that terrain. This hopeful, empowering book is worth giving to every person diagnosed with cancer.
— Ira Byock, MD Director of the Providence Institute for Human Caring; Professor, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine; author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible