The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention
On Sale: October 2, 2012
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A provocative and surprising investigation into the ways
that profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real
progress in the war on cancer—and one doctor’s passionate
call to action for change
As a diagnostic radiologist who has watched patients,
friends, and family suffer with and die from cancer and who
was deeply affected by the enraged husband of one patient,
Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo is inspired to seek out new strategies
for waging a smarter war on cancer.
This year, about 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. Where is the bold leadership that will
transform our system from treatment to prevention? Have we
forgotten the mission of the National Cancer Act of 1971 to
Through an analysis of more than 40 years of medical
evidence and interviews with the top cancer researchers,
drug company executives, and health policy advisers, Dr.
Cuomo reveals intriguing answers to these questions. She
shows us how all cancer stakeholders—the pharmaceutical
industry, the government, physicians, and concerned
Americans—can change the way we view and fight cancer in
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