A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention

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A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention

Format:  Hardcover,

284 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781609618858

ISBN-10: 1609618858

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A provocative and surprising investigation into the ways that profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real progress in the war on cancer--and one doctor's passionate call to action for changeAs a diagnostic radiologist who has watched patients, friends, and family suffer with and die from cancer and who was deeply affected by the enraged husband of one patient, Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo is inspired to seek out new strategies for waging a smarter war on cancer.This year, about 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and more than 1,500 people will die "per day." We've been asked to accept the disappointing strategy to "manage cancer as a chronic disease." We've allowed pharmaceutical companies to position cancer drugs that extend life by just weeks and may cost $100,000 for a single course of treatment as breakthroughs. Where is the bold leadership that will transform our system from treatment to prevention? Have we forgotten the mission of the National Cancer Act of 1971 to "conquer cancer"?Through an analysis of more than 40 years of medical evidence and interviews with the top cancer researchers, drug company executives, and health policy advisers, Dr. Cuomo reveals intriguing answers to these questions. She shows us how all cancer stakeholders--the pharmaceutical industry, the government, physicians, and concerned Americans--can change the way we view and fight cancer in this country.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781609618858
ISBN-10: 1609618858
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 284
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introduction: Pushed Against the Wallp. vii
Honoring a Commitmentp. 1
Understanding Cancerp. 20
The Promise and Limits of Cancer Screeningp. 36
Cut, Poison, and Burn: A Look at Today's Treatment Optionsp. 56
What the Market will Bearp. 80
Paying more, Settling for Lessp. 96
Cancer's Collateral Damagep. 112
Shifting the Research Approachp. 126
The Promise of Preventionp. 150
Cancer-Proofing the Environmentp. 167
Ending the Scourge of Tobaccop. 180
Fighting Cancer with Nutrition and Physical Activityp. 193
The Power of Vitamin Dp. 211
Can Pills Prevent Cancer?p. 222
On the Cutting Edge of Sciencep. 228
The Final Word: From Imagination to Transformationp. 244
Notesp. 249
List of Expert Interviewsp. 272
Acknowledgmentsp. 276
Indexp. 280

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A provocative and surprising investigation into the ways that profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real progress in the war on cancer—and one doctor’s passionate call to action for changeAs a diagnostic radiologist who has watched patients, friends, and family suffer with and die from cancer and who was deeply affected by the enraged husband of one patient, Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo is inspired to seek out new strategies for waging a smarter war on cancer.

This year, about 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and more than 1,500 people will die per day. We’ve been asked to accept the disappointing strategy to "manage cancer as a chronic disease". We’ve allowed pharmaceutical companies to position cancer drugs that extend life by just weeks and may cost $100, 000 for a single course of treatment as breakthroughs. Where is the bold leadership that will transform our system from treatment to prevention? Have we forgotten the mission of the National Cancer Act of 1971 to "conquer cancer"? Through an analysis of more than 40 years of medical evidence and interviews with the top cancer researchers, drug company executives, and health policy advisers, Dr. Cuomo reveals intriguing answers to these questions. She shows us how all cancer stakeholders—the pharmaceutical industry, the government, physicians, and concerned Americans—can change the way we view and fight cancer in this country.

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