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A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Invisible Cancer Load – paperback (Amazon)


Our medical team carefully explains our treatment plan, procedures, and next steps. But is it really possible to be prepared to navigate a cancer recovery? For Sally-Anne, a mother of two little boys, wife and nurse, some of her greatest recovery challenges came from what she now describes as ‘the invisible cancer load’. She found that even with her 18 years of experience in health care, some of the lesser-discussed effects of cancer became her greatest recovery challenges. The invisible load of parenting through recovery, nutrition myth-busting, exercising through symptoms, carer strain, financial strain, cancer fog, body image hurdles, end of life discussions, returning to work, and the mindset challenge of a lifetime, all needed navigation through trial and error. In her book, Sally-Anne unpacks her own recovery experience, shares words of wisdom from the cancer community and collaborates with experts to help shed light on some of the unspoken, yet greatly important impacts of cancer. If you are on your own cancer journey, or you are a health care professional seeking to understand more about the needs of women in their cancer recovery, this book is a must-read. 



A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Invisible Cancer Load – paperback

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 “Having the unique experience of being both clinician and patient, Sally-Anne is able to weave together not only her personal cancer journey but also her professional knowledge. It is this multifaceted perspective that has allowed her to create such an amazing resource to help other cancer patients on their journey.” 

Dr Emily Amos, General Practitioner, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher 


 “Through her carefully researched, candid and deeply personal writing, Sally-Anne discusses issues that are important to women with cancer. Her work has a holistic focus and delves into topics which many traditional patient information resources simply gloss over”. 

Dr Lironne Wein, Medical Oncologist, Women’s Health Melbourne 


 “Cancer is a club no one ever wants to be part of. Sally-Anne has been able to capture and raise awareness of the behind the scenes of cancer that we often aren’t aware of. It was reassuring to know that my experiences were shared by other mums. The book is easy to read and relate to, and contains many useful links and practical information for mums going through cancer”. 

Lisa Davis, diagnosed with breast cancer aged 46, with children aged 7 and 10. 

3 reviews for A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Invisible Cancer Load – paperback (Amazon)

  1. MFCastelli (verified owner)

    The concept of the invisible cancer load can only be truly understood by those who have carried it, and Sally-Anne writes from the heart with clear insight and warmth.

    This book is full of all the things I wish I’d known early on in my treatment, plus plenty of practical tips for living beyond cancer too.

    It is well researched and written in a way so that you can read from start to finish or simply find the chapter or advice you need for a particular predicament.

    A comprehensive and caring resource for those living with or supporting someone navigating the invisible cancer load – which will be a little lighter after this invaluable read.

  2. Sharon Adams

    A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Invisible Cancer Load is a well written resource for woman living with cancer, their families, careers and all health professionals.

    As a colorectal clinical nurse, Sally-Anne’s words have provided me with a deeper understanding and a higher level of insight on the complexities of navigating life whilst living with cancer.

    Sally’s book is a practical resource that speaks volumes to the reader, connecting her personal journey with expert advise to navigate some of the unknowns, easing some of the fear and stress cancer creates.

    Sally’s book has empowered me to become a better clinician and is a resource I now gift to my patients.


    A wonderful book that explores and explains so may topics that often get “glossed over” by the medical system.

    Sally’s own personal knowledge and experience shines through and her recommendations are easy to understand and follow if you choose.

    A truly great gift for any woman on the cancer path, their families, friends or carers.

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