Cancer

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Once a certain death sentence and often a cause for shame, cancer is now a treatable disease. Cancer provides a broad introduction to this complex family of diseases, tracing the fascinating history of scientific discoveries that led to today's sophisticated treatments.

This extraordinary new volume, coauthored by three leaders in cancer research and surgery at Harvard Medical School, uses scientifically accurate yet accessible language to give readers a firm grounding in such ...

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Overview

Once a certain death sentence and often a cause for shame, cancer is now a treatable disease. Cancer provides a broad introduction to this complex family of diseases, tracing the fascinating history of scientific discoveries that led to today's sophisticated treatments.

This extraordinary new volume, coauthored by three leaders in cancer research and surgery at Harvard Medical School, uses scientifically accurate yet accessible language to give readers a firm grounding in such essential concepts as angiogenesis and the genetics of cancer. In addition to information about types of cancer, diagnosis, and treatment, Cancer places special emphasis on new frontiers in research, psychological aspects of a cancer diagnosis, and quality-of-life issues for those living with disease. Useful features include a comprehensive glossary, a timeline of milestones in cancer research, and an appendix for students on how to pursue a career in science or medicine.

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"This is a nice resource for teens interested in cancer or science and medicine."

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ARBAonline

"Using examples and interesting stories, three Harvard Medical School researchers and surgeons examine the history of cancer, the nature and treatment of the disease, and the prospects for future research. Accessibly written, the book provides a firm grounding in the causes of cancer and the principles of genetics, and explains the progression of the disease. Cancer diagnosis and treatment (including the limits of treatment) are thoroughly discussed, along with the dangers of unproven and alternative treatments. The authors also highlight the growing field of psychooncology

and the importance of family and community support in cancer treatment. This is an excellent, accessible introduction to the subject that should be of broad interest."

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"This slender volume offers a wealth of accessible information for lay readers seeking to understand cancer, its triggers, how it sustains itself, and how it can be fought."

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This slender volume offers a wealth of accessible information for lay readers seeking to understand cancer, its triggers, how it sustains itself, and how it can be fought. Pories (surgeon, Harvard Medical Sch.), Marsha A. Moses (Dir., Vascular Biology, Children's Hosp., Boston), and Margaret M. Lotz (researcher, Harvard Medical Sch.) organize the volume into six chapters, explaining cancer's complex mechanisms and following through from diagnosis to potential treatment failures. Illustrated sidebars eloquently explain tumor growth or profile the work of cancer research's most significant figures. Rounding out the book are a glossary of terms and a time line of treatment developments from ancient Egypt onward.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313359798
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Series: Biographies of Disease Series
  • Pages: 169
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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