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Books & Videos

To help you along the way.
We have gathered some of our favorite reference, resource books and videos here--some are even authored by our own staff. Those available in the Dance Center are marked with an *. If you have a favorite not listed here, please email us so that we may include it on our list.

* Indicates books which are available at the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Rehabilitation Center


For head and neck cancer patients and families.

  • Abrams, Ruth D. Not Alone with Cancer . Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 1974. A practical guide to what really happens to a person who is afflicted with cancer, emphasizing psychological reactions of family and caregivers.
  • *Butler, Brett. Field of Hope . TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers. 1997. An autobiography of a lifetime of overcoming odds as a baseball player and a head and neck cancer survivor.
  • *Cancer Care, Inc. A Helping Hand . 1998. A resource guide for people with cancer.
  • Clifford, Christine. No Hair Day . MN: Pfelfer-Hamilton, 1996. Humor and healing for people with cancer.
  • Clifford, Christine. Our Family Has Cancer Too . MN: Pfelfer-Hamilton. 1997.

For children and families.

  • Dass, Ram, and Gorman, P. How Can I Help? New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1985.
  • Dobson, James, MD. When God Doesn't Make Sense . IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 1993.  Holding on to your faith in the midst of crisis.
  • *Grealy, Lucy. Autobiography of a Face . NY: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1994. A book about obsessions and perceptions of physical beauty.
  • *Hoffman, Barbara (ed.) A Cancer Survivor's Almanac: Charting Your Journey . Chronimed Publishing MN, 1995.
  • *Holland, Jimmie C., MD. The Human Side of Cancer: Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty. A sensible guide to surviving with cancer.
  • King, Dean and Jessica. Cancer Combat. NY: Bantam Books, 1998. Cancer survivors share their guerilla tactics to help you win the fight of your life.
  • Kohlenberg, Sherry. Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer. NY: Magination Press. A story of a family's experience with cancer, geared toward ages 2 to 8.
  • *Kushner, Harold. When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
  • *Lerner, H.G. The Dance of Anger. New York: Harper & Row, 1985.
  • LeVert, Suzanne. When Someone You Love Has Cancer. NY: Dell Publishers, 1995. What you must know, what you can do, what you should expect.
  • *McGhee, Paul E. Health, Healing and the Amuse System: Humor as survival training.
  • *McCue, Kathleen. Helping Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness. A must for anyone who has to explain an illness to their children.
  • Moos, Rudolf H (ed.) Coping with Physical Illness. Plenum. 1977.
  • Nessim, S., and Ellis, J. Cancervive: the Challenge of Life After Cancer. Boston:Houghton Mifflin Co., 1991. Issues and problems of adjusting to life after cancer.
  • *Shafritz, Linda R., Face Value: Coping with Facial Disfigurement. Linda R. Shafritz, PO Box 45854, Los Angeles, CA 90045, 1994.
  • Springarm, Natalie D. The New Cancer Survivors. Johns Hopkins University Press. Information and inspiration form a cancer survivor.  This book approaches the subject of facial disfigurement, emotional and physical rehabilitation from the author's experience.
  • Sheehy, Gail. Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life. New York: Bantam Books, 1976. A discussion of the various phases and crisis periods which many adults in our culture pass through.
  • Sheehy, Gail. Pathfinders. New York: William Morrow and Co., Inc., 1981.
  • Simonton, Stephanie Matthews. The Healing Family. New York: Bantam Books, 1984.
  • Spiegel, David, M.D. Living Beyond Limits--New Hope and Help for Facing Life-Threatening Illness. Times Books Random House, 1993.  A book which adds hope and healing to anyone's life.
  • *Stearns, Ann Kaiser. Living through Personal Crisis. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985. A book about the small and large losses that plunge people into a period of adjustment.
  • *Viorst, Judith. Necessary Losses. Simon and Schuster. 1986. The loves, illusions, dependencies and impossible expectations that all of us have to give up in order to grow.
  • Weisman, A.D. Understanding the Cancer Patient: the Syndrome of Caregiver Plight. Psychiatry, 1981, 44:161-168.

Clinical Bibliography

Robbins, K (editor) Advances in Head and Neck Oncology. Singular Pub Group, 1998.

Highlighting 14 important areas in the field of head and neck oncology in which significant advances have been achieved over the past few years, this challenging book helps health care providers stay current with management principles and emphasizes the valuable collaborative multidisciplinary team approach to improve the treatment and management of patients with head and neck cancer.


All are available at the M. J. Dance Rehab Center

  • Smokeless Tobacco: Is It Worth the Risk?, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (13:04 mins.). This video illustrates the hazards of using smokeless tobacco with a particular focus on young children.
  • Poisoning Your Children -- The Perils of Secondhand Smoke, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1993, (12 mins.), Presentation of disturbing statistics on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on children.
  • Three Critical minutes: Emergency Care for Neck Breathers, American Cancer Society, (17 mins.).
  • Therabite Jaw Rehabilitation. The Therabite Corporation. A description of trismus and a demonstration of the proper use of the Therabite Jaw Motion Exerciser.
  • Blom-Singer Indwelling Low Pressure Voice Prosthesis Kit with Gel Cap Insertion. Blom-Singer (17 mins.). A demonstration of the purpose of the indwelling prosthesis and the technique for placement.

If you have a favorite book, article, video or other resource you would like to share with us, please email us! View our suppliers list.

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