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COVID-19 UPDATE - July 19, 2021

The Henley Resource Library is now open to visitors! The health and safety of our patients and community continue to be our top priority. Hours and services may be limited as we gradually reopen. We’ve implemented new policies and procedures to prioritize visitor safety while allowing access to Library resources. 

At this time, we are limiting visitors to patients and caregivers who are at the Cancer Center for scheduled medical appointments. We hope to be able to welcome community members and other visitors later this summer. Please visit the Resource Library website for more information on services and safety guidelines.

For information regarding COVID-19, we recommend the following websites. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of misinformation being shared especially through social media. For your health and safety, please seek information from reliable sources only. Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and these websites are being updated continuously.

Sansum Clinic Coronavirus Information

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

At 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 Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. All content in the InfoGuides has been reviewed by the Cancer Librarians of the Medical Library Association and/or by the Library Manager 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.

New at the Cancer Resource Library

The Prostate Cancer Owner's Manual

As prostate cancer survivors, Harley Haynes, MD, and Richard Miles understand the questions that recently diagnosed patients have and the challenges they face. In this book, they provide a blend of medical expertise and personal knowledge and insight to help patients and their families make sense of the road ahead of them—equipping them with the facts they need to make informed decisions and confront prostate cancer head on. Haynes and Miles answer the questions readers may have and detail the possible outcomes they will face—without mincing words about the tough realities of living with prostate cancer—while offering hope for recovery.

La Vida Verde: Plant-Based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor

Follow along with Jocelyn Ramirez as she transforms the traditional dishes she grew up making alongside her Abuela into wonderfully flavorful plant-based meals everyone will love. With only a few simple and affordable substitutions, you can capture all the spicy, earthy, savory deliciousness of authentic Mexican cooking, and help friends, family and even the die-hard meat-eaters enjoy a new side of Latin cuisine.

The Big Ordeal: Understanding and Managing the Psychological Turmoil of Cancer

Coping with cancer is hard. It is an emotional ordeal as well as a physical one. Patients often feel isolated and alone when dealing with the stress, anxiety, depression, and existential crises so typical with a cancer diagnosis. The Big Ordeal, written in collaboration with a psychologist and two oncologists, tackles the emotional side of the cancer experience head-on, to help newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones anticipate, understand, and deal with the psychological turmoil ahead.

100 Questions and Answers about Metastatic Breast Cancer

100 Questions & Answers About Metastatic Breast Cancer offers essential and practical guidance. This unique book provides both doctor and patient perspectives and includes information on diagnosis, treatment, living with metastatic breast cancer, hormonal therapy, coping strategies, and more. Authored by Lillie Shockney, the foremost trusted expert on the topic, 100 Questions & Answers About Metastatic Breast Cancer is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional uncertainty of this disease.

The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation From Loved One to Caregiver

Becoming a caregiver is a transformation that infuses all aspects of our lives. Everything changes—responsibilities, beliefs, hopes, expectations, and relationships. Caregiving is not a role people medically train for; it’s a new type of relationship initiated by a loved one’s need for care. Caregivers today find themselves in need of a crash course in new and unfamiliar skills. This book speaks to caregiving as it unfolds, in all of its confusion, chaos, and messiness and greets caregivers where they are in their journey—new or chronic—not where others expect (or want) them to be.

The Living Kitchen: Healing Recipes to Support Your Body During Cancer Treatment and Recovery

Certified nutritionists, Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green, provide easy-to-understand, research-based nutritional information on the science behind how food relates to your health and the effects of cancer. Included are nearly 100 healthy, easy-to-prepare, whole-food recipes specially designed to relieve specific symptoms and side effects of cancer and its therapies (including loss of appetite, sore mouth, altered taste buds, nausea, and more) and to strengthen your body once in recovery. With energizing snacks and breakfasts; superfood smoothies, juices, and elixirs; soothing soups and stews; and nutrient-rich, flavorful main dishes, these are recipes that you, your family, and your caregivers will all enjoy.

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. 


Guides by Tumor Type

Bladder Cancer

Brain Tumor

Breast Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer

Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer


Lung Cancer



Ovarian Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Skin Cancer

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Thyroid Cancer

Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer


Other Topics

Advance Care Planning

Cancer Basics
Includes information on what cancer is, treatments, and clinical trials.


Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment ("Chemo Brain")

Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Includes information on herbs and dietary supplements; 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.

Evaluating Health Information


Grief and Loss

Hereditary Cancer & Genetics

Life After Treatment


Medical Cannabis

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.

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

Visit Us
540 West Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Current Hours
Open Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Librarian available: Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Self-Checkout available when Librarian is not on site

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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