Why Millions Survive Cancer: The Successes of Science

Why Millions Survive Cancer The Successes of Science Today than million cancer survivors just in the United States alone are alive as a result of the extraordinary advances in science and medicine In Why Millions Survive Cancer Lauren Pecorino illu

  • Title: Why Millions Survive Cancer: The Successes of Science
  • Author: Lauren Pecorino
  • ISBN: 9780199580552
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Today, than 12 million cancer survivors just in the United States alone are alive as a result of the extraordinary advances in science and medicine In Why Millions Survive Cancer, Lauren Pecorino illuminates this enormous and recent progress in fighting cancer, painting an intriguing portrait of scientific breakthroughs, the leading scientists behind these key discovToday, than 12 million cancer survivors just in the United States alone are alive as a result of the extraordinary advances in science and medicine In Why Millions Survive Cancer, Lauren Pecorino illuminates this enormous and recent progress in fighting cancer, painting an intriguing portrait of scientific breakthroughs, the leading scientists behind these key discoveries, and the steps that we can all take to reduce our exposure to cancer The struggle against cancer has been long and difficult, but as Pecorino shows, the tide is changing, and changing rapidly Treatments are becoming gentler and effective Many newly developed drugs have fewer side effects and can be administered as a pill rather than intravenously, giving patients a better quality of life Better response rates are occurring for treatments that are targeted against the genetic characteristics of a tumor Advances in instrumentation, robotics and imaging have led to precise and less invasive surgical procedures And public awareness about carcinogens is spreading and, increasingly, people are avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and excessive exposure to the sun As Pecorino discusses these exciting new developments, she provides readers with fascinating accounts of medical research and the discoveries we have made about the nature of cancer and the ways we can defeat it For instance, we learn the stories behind such important new drugs as Avastin, Gardasil the world s first cervical cancer vaccine , Herceptin, and Gleevec, the development of which unfolded like a fairy tale with a happy ending All this progress is fairly recent and it may well be the beginning of the end for cancer With one out of three people contracting cancer during their lifetimes, this book offers a wealth of good news that we all will want to hear.

    One thought on “Why Millions Survive Cancer: The Successes of Science”

    1. Though slightly dated (from 2011), this slim volume nevertheless can be a valuable reference source for those struggling with cancer. Pecorino uses graphs and tables to demonstrate not only the deadly effects of cancers but also the progress in its eradication. She compares a person's likelihood of getting a cancer to the effects of wear and tear on a car. "e older the car the more likely it is to have car trouble. The older we are, the greater the risk of cancer.er is a multi-step process that [...]

    2. There's tons of interesting information in here, but I found the presentation a little dry - perhaps because this is a pop-sci book adapted from a textbook

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