Victoria Landes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the medical field for 30 years. Her experience in cancer care dates back to the early years of her career when she served as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor. Most recently, Vicki worked as the breast care coordinator for Kaiser Permanente for 12 years, where she accompanied breast cancer survivors and their loved ones through the diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship phases of care.
About My Book
The Caregiver's Guide to Cancer: Compassionate Advice for Caring for You and Your Loved One
Care for a loved one with cancer while caring for yourself
Looking after someone with cancer can be complex, overwhelming, and emotionally draining all at once. As a caregiver, you may also overlook your own well-being while you focus on your loved one. This book empowers you to be an attentive, thoughtful, and compassionate caregiver for your friend or family member with cancer. You’ll also find practical everyday advice for meeting your own physical and emotional needs while dealing with the unique challenges you face.
Understanding cancer―Learn how cancer affects the body at every stage, determine the steps that come after diagnosis, and examine cancer treatments and side effects.
Knowledge caregivers need―Find info on navigating health care, financial and legal decisions, and much more.
What to say and ask―Find questions to ask your loved one’s care team and health providers, and discover how to be an advocate in different situations.
Support your loved one while also practicing self-care with the help of this compassionate choice in caregiving and cancer books.
"What People Are Saying About the Book on Amazon"
“The Caregiver’s Guide to Cancer” is the practical guide to navigating the uncertain waters associated with caregiving for a loved one diagnosed with cancer. The author, Victoria Landes, brings decades of professional and personal experience to this topic. Beginning with an easily understandable description of cancer, it follows with seemingly every aspect of the disease and treatment. I write as a three-time survivor of cancer and a recipient of my partner’s caregiving. I am quite familiar with the demands required of the caregiver. The journey is a rough one and so often the focus goes largely to the patient, while the caregiver who is also carrying a very heavy load stays in the background. This book would have been a godsend for us. As a step-by-step map of treatment, financial guidance, and end-of-life decision-making, this book offers easily accessible assistance approached with respect and compassion. - Julie
The Caregiver’s Guide to Cancer is a wealth of knowledge in an easy-to-read format which I appreciate. As a Registered Nurse and as someone who lost a family member to cancer, I can’t say enough about how important this book is. Every Oncology Physician, Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, RN, and Medical Team Member should have a copy in their possession as a resource. Victoria Landes outlines specific questions to ask the medical team. It touches on how to have conversations with your loved one during this challenging time. You will find valuable resources for both you as the caregiver; for the person you’re caring for and for others who have been diagnosed and reach out to you. There are tips on how to navigate and balance your own well-being and so much more. I’ve waited for a book like this for a long time. I highly recommend this book to caregivers, family members, friends, and all medical staff. Thank you Victoria Landes for writing this comprehensive guide to help those on their journey. - VAC
“In keeping with Vicki's gentle, thoughtful, and sensitive style, she creates a healing handbook for caregivers. She provides a practical and comprehensive guide so needed by so many. Caregiving is difficult to say the least. Often at the expense of caring for another, one may lose themselves in the process. This book is an essential guide honoring the caregiver with a set of tools to use and reflect on. A truly approachable and thoughtful read... critically needed now more than ever.” —Cindi Cantril, MPH, RN, OCN
“The Caregiver's Guide to Cancer offers an essential roadmap for those traveling the complex path of caring for someone with cancer. It is rare to find a resource that delivers the most up-to-date knowledge, practical tools, and caring advice with such clarity and compassion. As an expert guide with the voice of a trusted, encouraging friend, Landis masterfully guides the caregiver and patient on this journey across the spectrum of cancer care.” —Alison Gause, MPH