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

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

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by Margaret I. Cuomo
     
 

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A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention is 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 change

As a diagnostic radiologist who has watched patients,

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A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention is 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 change

As 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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Despite recent advances in the understanding of cancer at the molecular level, a radiologist argues that the war on cancer as presently waged is unwinnable. Currently, writes Cuomo, our research system is fraught with duplication of effort, conflict of interest, drive for personal gain and far too little oversight. Although billions of dollars have been spent since 1971, when President Nixon declared war on cancer by signing the National Cancer Act, an estimated 1.6 million new cases will be diagnosed this year and hundreds of thousands will die. The author charges that government and academic research efforts have been fragmented, with little collaboration and too much bureaucracy. Her answer: Make cancer prevention a top priority by establishing a National Cancer Prevention Institute under the National Institutes of Health to coordinate research. Cuomo takes a sharp look at the problems with our present screening methods, the inconsistency in doctors' recommendations for them, the misleading information they may provide and the harm they can cause. Current treatment options--surgery, radiation and chemotherapy--are not only brutal in their side effects, but enormously expensive, with drugs leading the way in pushing up costs. Further, many expensive drugs, some of which are quite profitable to the doctors who prescribe and provide them, do little to prolong life. The author asks the pharmaceutical industry to redirect its efforts into better tools for preventing cancer through early detection, effective vaccines and new means of protecting the immune system. Cuomo also offers some common-sense advice to individuals on steps to take to lower the risk of cancer--i.e., taking better care of their own health through exercise, diet and avoiding tobacco; teaching their children to do the same; and advocating for a safer environment. A harsh view of current efforts to battle cancer, certain to alarm patients and anger many researchers and clinicians.

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ISBN-13:
9781609618858
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,487,353
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.99(d)

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