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This year, nearly 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. Why have we been able to cure and prevent other killer diseases but not most cancers? Where is the bold government 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 over 40 years of medical evidence and interviews with cancer doctors, researchers, drug company executives, and health policy advisors, Dr. Cuomo reveals frank and intriguing answers to these questions. In A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention, she shows us how all cancer stakeholdersthe pharmaceutical industry, government, physicians, and concerned Americanscan change the way we view and fight cancer in this country.
|Publisher:||Rodale Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
MARGARET I. CUOMO, MD, is a board-certified radiologist. 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.
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
List of Expert Interviews 272
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