Racing to a Cure: A Cancer Victim Refuses Chemotherapy and Finds Tomorrow's Cures in Today's Scientific Laboratories

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Racing to a Cure is not a cancer memoir. It is a cancer cure memoir. In 1998 Neil Ruzic was diagnosed with mantle-cell lymphoma, the deadliest cancer of the lymph system. Instead of following recommended courses of chemotherapy and radiation, he took control of his treatment by investigating cures being developed in the nation's cancer-research laboratories. Lymphoma's incidence is reaching epidemic levels in the United States and Europe. Although chemotherapy harms the immune system and is increasingly ...
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Racing to a Cure is not a cancer memoir. It is a cancer cure memoir. In 1998 Neil Ruzic was diagnosed with mantle-cell lymphoma, the deadliest cancer of the lymph system. Instead of following recommended courses of chemotherapy and radiation, he took control of his treatment by investigating cures being developed in the nation's cancer-research laboratories. Lymphoma's incidence is reaching epidemic levels in the United States and Europe. Although chemotherapy harms the immune system and is increasingly demonstrated to be an ineffective long-term cure for the vast majority of cancers, it remains the standard treatment for most cancer patients, including those with lymphoma. Ruzic, a former scientific magazine publisher and the originator of a science center, refused to accept this status quo and instead plunged into the world of cutting-edge treatments, exploring the frontiers of cancer science with revolutionary results.

Ruzic went on the offensive: visiting scores of laboratories, gathering information, talking to researchers, and effectively becoming his own patient-care advocate. This book presents his findings. A scathing critique of chemo culture as well as unscientific "alternative" therapies, the book endorses state-of-the-art molecularly based technologies, making it an illuminating and necessary read for anyone interested in cancer research, especially patients and their families and physicians. Neil Ruzic was expected to die within two years of his initial diagnosis. Five years later he has been declared cancer-free and considers himself cured.

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Science journalist Ruzic, a former NASA consultant, founder of Industrial Research magazine, and creator of the Island for Science (a research center for scientists and engineers), here chronicles his pursuit of a nontoxic cure for his mantle-cell lymphoma. No ordinary patient memoir, this book provides an intriguing glimpse into the world of cutting-edge cancer research from the perspective of a well-heeled, highly educated patient willing to challenge conventional medical wisdom. Instead of undergoing chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant, recommended by several oncologists despite poor survival rates, Ruzic visits cancer research laboratories around the country, attempting to enter clinical trials for new biotherapies such as monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. Though eventually successful, he is hampered at every turn by aspects of what he terms the "Chemo Culture"-oncologists who insist on toxic chemotherapy while ignoring newer, safer options and FDA regulations that require chemotherapy before a patient can enroll in clinical trials of new therapies. His oft-repeated rants against oncologists and the FDA can be a bit grating, but his arguments are thought-provoking and deserve a wide audience. Recommended for academic, medical, public, and consumer health collections.-Janet A. Crum, Oregon Health & Science Univ. Lib., Portland Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252028670
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. Into the Pit 1
2. Watch and Learn 12
3. The Chemo Culture 23
4. Life before Cancer 38
5. Our War Within 51
6. A Half-Billion for Proof 63
7. The Language of Medicine 76
8. Cancer Vaccines 88
9. Premature Results 101
10. Co-stimulating T Cells 110
11. Do They Have to Die? 125
12. Alternative Magic 139
13. Allies in the Quest 154
14. False Alarm 169
15. Does Prayer Work? 184
16. Project Indolence 195
17. Cure Cancer in Ten Years 207
18. Think Tanks 219
19. Transplants: Risk vs. Cure 232
20. Pathways to Success 245
21. From India with Results 254
22. Anti-angiogenesis 266
23. The Mystery of Splenectomy 282
24. The Strep Connection 294
25. Patient Rage 307
26. The Biotherapy Revolution 321
27. Detour 332
28. Cure! 352
Acknowledgments 365
Notes 367
Glossary 401
Index 409
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