As title, seeking the title of a story I read in the mid 1970s. I'm fairly sure it was a novella in an anthology.
Plot details I can remember - I think main character's family name was Monk.
His father had apparently been killed when the space station he was aboard crashed on the Moon - it later transpires that the station was deliberately crashed to conceal contact with an alien starship, and his father was still alive. The crew of the starship included various races - one appeared to be a beautiful human woman, while another ( the engineer ) looked like a giant squid. After the main character's father died of cancer, the engineer also turned out to be a microbiologist and was able to cure the cancer and bring him back to life. Other things include a vehicle which was able to go out-of-phase with normal matter and travel through solid objects like the earth.