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 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 ...

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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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According to Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo, the evidence is clear: "The system designed to study, diagnose and treat cancer in the United States is broken, and it is in urgent need of reform." In A World without Cancer, she explains how our mission to prevent and cure cancer has been superseded by a money-driven rush to create expensive pharmaceutical treatments. "We no longer expect to cure cancer," she notes, "and now talk mostly about living longer with the disease..... The good news is that it does not have to be this way." An inspiring, grounded look at a problem that hit 1.6 million Americans and their families every year.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609618858
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 536,138
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret I. Cuomo, MD, is a board-certified radiologist and served as an attending physician in diagnostic radiology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset New York for many years. Specializing in body imaging, involving CT, Ultrasound, MRI and interventional procedures, much of her practice was dedicated to the diagnosis of cancer and AIDS. She is the daughter of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Mrs. Matilda Cuomo and sister to Governor Andrew Cuomo and ABC's Chris Cuomo. She resides in New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Pushed Against the Wall vii

Chapter 1 Honoring a Commitment 1

Chapter 2 Understanding Cancer 20

Chapter 3 The Promise and Limits of Cancer Screening 36

Chapter 4 Cut, Poison, and Burn: A Look at Today's Treatment Options 56

Chapter 5 What the Market will Bear 80

Chapter 6 Paying more, Settling for Less 96

Chapter 7 Cancer's Collateral Damage 112

Chapter 8 Shifting the Research Approach 126

Chapter 9 The Promise of Prevention 150

Chapter 10 Cancer-Proofing the Environment 167

Chapter 11 Ending the Scourge of Tobacco 180

Chapter 12 Fighting Cancer with Nutrition and Physical Activity 193

Chapter 13 The Power of Vitamin D 211

Chapter 14 Can Pills Prevent Cancer? 222

Chapter 15 On the Cutting Edge of Science 228

The Final Word: From Imagination to Transformation 244

Notes 249

List of Expert Interviews 272

Acknowledgments 276

Index 280

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Well worth the effort to read.

    The whole idea that it is time to re-think the process of moving toward to a world without cancer or at the minimum one in which it is not the great boogie man is long over do. It really is time to re-think how we approach the medical applications in Cancer treatment and research. A well presented exposition of the problems of the modern approach.

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