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Cancer touches everybody's life in one way or another. But most of us know very little about how the disease works, why we treat it the way we do, and the personalities whose dedication got us where we are today. For 50 years, Dr. Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., has been one of those key players: He has held just about every major position in the field, and he developed the first successful chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a breakthrough the American Society of Clinical Oncologists has called the top research advance in half a century of chemotherapy.
As one of oncology's leading figures, DeVita knows what cancer looks like from the lab bench and the bedside. The Death of Cancer is his illuminating and deeply personal look at the science and the history of one of the world's most formidable diseases. In DeVita's hands, even the most complex medical concepts are comprehensible.
Cowritten with DeVita's daughter, the science writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, The Death of Cancer is also a personal tale about the false starts and major breakthroughs, the strong-willed oncologists who clashed with conservative administrators (and one another), and the courageous patients whose willingness to test cutting-edge research helped those oncologists find potential treatments. An emotionally compelling and informative listen, The Death of Cancer is also a call to arms. DeVita believes that we're well on our way to curing cancer, but there are things we need to change in order to get there. Mortality rates are declining, but America's cancer patients are still being shortchanged - by timid doctors, by misguided national agendas, by compromised bureaucracies, and by a lack of access to information about the strengths and weaknesses of the nation's cancer centers.
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By Stephen Strum on 12-21-15
Mandatory for Every Literate Person on the Planet
What did you love best about The Death of Cancer?
DeVita tells us the insider story, or what Paul Harvey would say "And now for the rest of the story".
What did you like best about this story?
Open disclosure of the reality of what every person touched by cancer actually is facing, should know about and should raise hell about.
What does Stephen McLaughlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
For me, the narration allows me to perform exercise, hiking and reading at the same time.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Chapter 8 and 9 are must reads.
Any additional comments?
I am a cancer doctor of over four decades and what DeVita tells us is accurate. It is tragic that the American taypayer is not aware of what goes on behind the scenes, and the bureaucratic roadblocks that are part & parcel of "government action" and how this hinders advances in cancer, and prevents early access of promising drugs to those faced with death within a matter of months.
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