Positive Oncology

An Optimistic Approach to the Big C


Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most shocking challenges a person can face. In Positive Oncology: An Optimistic Approach to the Big C, author Sue Mackey draws on her personal experience with cancer and combines this with positive psychology strategies, evidence of mind-body connections, and wisdom from ancient cultures to provide a guide to increasing coping skills and resilience. Her Positive Oncology approach is filled with optimism for harnessing the power of one’s mind to achieve greater well-being and purpose in the face of life-threatening illness.


Praise for Positive Oncology

Wow, was my first reaction when I read Positive Oncology: An Optimistic Approach to the Big C! This is a powerful and valuable resource that allows and acknowledges grief, fear, anger, and sadness and offers simple strategies to help move through these phases on the way to recovery and wellness. I will highly recommend this gem to all of my patients.
— Dr. Karen White, Medical Oncologist

Person-centered care has become a primary goal in modern medicine. A vital first step is listening to the voice of our patients. A second is to provide tools that aid resilience. This book offers both. Written in a clear voice from a survivor of cancer with an extensive history in positive psychology, it provides history, lessons from different cultures, and simple advice. It is written for cancer, but could offer support in any health environment where people find themselves vulnerable in the face of serious illness.
— A/Prof Neil Orford, Intensive Care Specialist