Cancer – Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead

by Kenneth Haugk. Stephen Ministries, 2017.

From the founder and executive director of Stephen Ministries comes this practical and pastoral guide for cancer sufferers and those who care for them. Haugk combines research findings with stories from his life and practice to map a pathway through the complex process of diagnosis and treatment. The book is almost encyclopedic in scope. Its twelve sections address, for example, dealing with the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, working with one’s medical team, and knowing what questions to ask about pain medications and clinical trials. There are insights on self-care and how to relate to family. “Accept Help”, one chapter advises. “Share What You’re Feeling” and “Find Kindred Spirits” advise others. The appendix contains diagnosis- and treatment-tracking tools. Whether one has experienced a cancer diagnosis or loves someone who has, the book offers information, tools and comfort. Individuals charged with pastoral care will find this a welcome handbook.