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On the Cancer Frontier

One Man, One Disease, and a Medical Revolution
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ISBN-13:
9781610392532
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
272
Autor:
Paul Marks
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In 1950, a diagnosis of cancer was all but a death sentence. Mortality rates only got worse, and as late as 1986, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine lamented: We are losing the war against cancer. Cancer is one of humankinds oldest and most persistent enemies; it has been called the existential disease.But we are now entering a new, and more positive, phase in this long campaign. While cancer has not been curedand a cure may elude us for a long time yetthere has been a revolution in our understanding of its nature. Years of brilliant science have revealed how this individualistic disease seizes control of the foundations of lifeour genesand produces guerrilla cells that can attack and elude treatments. Armed with those insights, scientists have been developing more effective weapons and producing better outcomes for patients. Paul A. Marks, MD, has been a leader in these efforts to finally control this devastating disease.Marks helped establish the strategy for the war on cancer in 1971 as a researcher and member of President Nixons cancer panel. As the president and chief executive officer for nineteen years at the worlds pre-eminent cancer hospital, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he was instrumental in ending the years of futility. He also developed better therapies that promise a new era of cancer containment. Some cancers, like childhood leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, that were once deadly conditions, are now survivableeven curable. New steps in prevention and early diagnosis are giving patients even more hope. On the Cancer Frontier is Marks account of the transformation in our understanding of cancer and why there is growing optimism in our ability to stop it.
In 1950, a diagnosis of cancer was all but a death sentence. Mortality rates only got worse, and as late as 1986, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine lamented: We are losing the war against cancer. Cancer is one of humankinds oldest and most persistent enemies; it has been called the existential disease.But we are now entering a new, and more positive, phase in this long campaign. While cancer has not been curedand a cure may elude us for a long time yetthere has been a revolution in our understanding of its nature. Years of brilliant science have revealed how this individualistic disease seizes control of the foundations of lifeour genesand produces guerrilla cells that can attack and elude treatments. Armed with those insights, scientists have been developing more effective weapons and producing better outcomes for patients. Paul A. Marks, MD, has been a leader in these efforts to finally control this devastating disease.Marks helped establish the strategy for the war on cancer in 1971 as a researcher and member of President Nixons cancer panel. As the president and chief executive officer for nineteen years at the worlds pre-eminent cancer hospital, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he was instrumental in ending the years of futility. He also developed better therapies that promise a new era of cancer containment. Some cancers, like childhood leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, that were once deadly conditions, are now survivableeven curable. New steps in prevention and early diagnosis are giving patients even more hope. On the Cancer Frontier is Marks account of the transformation in our understanding of cancer and why there is growing optimism in our ability to stop it.

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