Cancer Schmancer

  • by Fran Drescher
  • Narrated by Fran Drescher
  • 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dear Friend,
All I've got to say is, to hell with cancer! This book's about schmancer! Laughing at the crazy things life offers even when it's biting you on the ass. And diligence that pays off. Here I'll be telling it like it was - and is - so you won't have to go through what I did.
Who knew when I was a chubby kid from Queens what a roller coaster my life was going to be! After The Nanny ended, I divorced my husband, started living on my own, and began dating for the first time since high school. I wanted to feel free as a bird, but instead was weighed down by troubling symptoms. And so began my two-year, eleven-doctor odyssey in search of a diagnosis and cure.
Don't let what happened to me happen to you. Every doctor I saw held a different view. More than one told me I had a pre-menopausal condition common in middle-aged women (middle-WHAT?). Finally, after insisting on more tests, I proved that my body was telling the truth - something was terribly wrong. Doctors are fallible, so open your mouth! Thank God I did, because my attitude saved my life.
Just as I was getting serious with a man 16 years my junior (What's the matter? He's very mature!) my worst fears were confirmed. I was told I had cancer and would need a radical hysterectomy. Was I going to die? Would I require radiation? How much does a uterus weigh? Maybe I wouldn't need that diet after all...
What I learned about myself, the depth of my relationships, and cancer - tests, treatment, recovery, and follow-up - could fill a book. So here it is. All of it: the laughter, the sorrow, the happiness and the horror. Everything that I learned the hard way and then some.
So pour yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up, and let's dish...
All my love,


What the Critics Say

"It is [Drescher's] storytelling skills and humor that make this uncomplicated book a good read...her one-liners can be priceless." (Publishers Weekly)
"The actress infuses her writing with humor and honesty." (Entertainment Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Cancer Schmancer

You don't need to be a fan of Dresher's to enjoy this book. Did I say 'enjoy'? Yes! I teared up quite often at her reading and laughed with her through the darkly humorous parts. This is a strong lady giving good advice over a nosh at the kitchen table. Don't pass it up- and don't be afraid of almost 3 hours of that voice. I wish there had been more. I didn't know I knew so little about the women's health industry.
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- Barbara

Liked the book, loathe abridged books

If you hate her voice, don't get this book. Personally, I loved the nanny, loved the obvious puns and slapstick comedy of the series. The book really translates Ms Drescher's humour well, and is an inspiration to anyone going through a struggle. She allows herself some slack, lets herself cry and tells us that it is okay to do so. I was impressed with the ease with which the story flowed, being both informative about cancer, treatment and recovery and also about Ms Drescher's personal story. Would listen again. I was frustrated that it was abridged, because what I think are important parts of the book, editors don't always agree, and it irritates me to no end that part of the book is missing. And the transition from cut to cut is always horrendous.
I loved the narration, but I think it is a personal choice!
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- Lesley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2002
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio