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At the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, we aim to empower anyone touched by cancer with the information they need to become well-informed partners in their healthcare. The Cancer Resource Library's InfoGuides are customized online research guides featuring library resources, links to helpful websites, and information about supportive care programs at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. All of the content in InfoGuides has been reviewed by the Cancer Librarians of the Medical Library Association and/or by the librarian at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. Our selection criteria include: credibility, content, currency, authorship, purpose, and audience.

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center created InfoGuides as a source of information and research, not a replacement for medical care. Please consult your healthcare provider to review any information gathered from InfoGuides.

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New at the Cancer Resource Library

Cannabis Pharmacy

Michael Backes presents a comprehensive resource for understanding and using medical marijuana. The book provides information on how cannabis works with the body's own system, identifies the most useful varieties, and guides readers on how to prepare and control dosage - all grounded on evidence-based research, the author's own observations, and the latest scientific studies. 

The Complete Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

Includes 500 recipes inspired by the renowned flavors and heart healthy diet of the Mediterranean. Uses the guidelines of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid to create a variety of tapas, soups, salads, grains, pasta, flat breads, beans, vegetables, seafood, poultry, meat, eggs, fruits, and sweets.

Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six

The evidence is in: you can reduce cancer risk and support treatment by focusing on six key areas of health and wellness. Cohen and Alison Jefferies make an informed case that building social and emotional support; manag­ing stress; improving sleep, exercise, and diet; and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins work together to promote an optimal environment for health and well-being.

Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy

Nutritionist Michelle Babb has created an easy-to-follow nutrition plan and cookbook that helps readers combat inflammation with healthy recipes and food choices. Making dramatic lifestyle changes can be difficult, but the seventy-five recipes and nutrition plan in this book make that change approachable, understandable, sustainable, and delicious. 

Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer - 4th edition

Now in a revised fourth edition, this guide offers a message of hope to every man facing this illness. Prostate cancer is a different disease in every man--which means that the right treatment varies for each person. Public awareness for this disease has transformed treatment and opened up new avenues of research; rapid advances in knowledge are being translated in new recommendations for management.

Cancer What You Need to Know: Overcome the 10 Common Mistakes Patients Make

Dr. Rosenberg, a radiation oncologist, wrote this helpful guide to help patients understand how cancer behaves, how to handle the emotions surrounding a cancer diagnosis and build a treatment team, important issues surrounding nutrition, lifestyle, and surviving cancer. Dr. Rosenberg also identifies the 10 common mistakes patients and families make and how to overcome them.


Guides by Tumor Type

Bladder Cancer

Brain Tumor

Breast Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer

Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer


Lung Cancer


Multiple Myeloma

Ovarian Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Skin Cancer

Thyroid Cancer

Uterine Cancer


Other Topics

Advance Care Planning

Cancer Basics
Includes information on cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, surgery, target cancer therapy and stem cell (bone marrow) transplants; clinical trials; genetics.


Chemo Brain

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Includes information on herbs and dietary supplements; medical marijuana; mind and body practices; evaluating health information; safety and scams.

Focuses on coping with the emotional aspects of living with cancer.

End of Life
Includes information on advance care planning, hospice care, and information for caregivers.


Grief and Loss

Life After Treatment


Oncology Nutrition

Physical Activity

Sexuality and Intimacy

Managing Side Effects
Information on coping with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment such as fatigue, pain, appetite changes, and skin changes.

Stress Reduction

Supporting Children

Young Adults

Cancer Resource Library

The Cancer Resource Library offers a comfortable place where patients and families can find current, comprehensive information about all aspects of cancer. The Library is open to all and services are offered at no charge.

Research Assistance – Our staff are here to help answer your questions and provide personalized information searches.

Lending Library – We have an extensive collection of books, DVDs, and CDs on a variety of cancer-related topics available for checkout.

InfoGuides – Online guides are available for a variety of diagnoses and topics.

Brochures – Brochures and pamphlets are available free of charge.

Computers – Patients and caregivers are welcome to use the library’s computers during their time at the Cancer Center.

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540 West Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Contact Us
Phone: (805) 879-5648

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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