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The Death of Cancer Audiobook

The Death of Cancer

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Publisher's Summary

Ater 50 years on the front lines of medicine, a pioneering oncologist reveals why the war on cancer is winnable - and how we can get there.

Cancer touches everybody's life in one way or another. But most of us know very little about how the disease works, why we treat it the way we do, and the personalities whose dedication got us where we are today. For 50 years, Dr. Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., has been one of those key players: He has held just about every major position in the field, and he developed the first successful chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a breakthrough the American Society of Clinical Oncologists has called the top research advance in half a century of chemotherapy.

As one of oncology's leading figures, DeVita knows what cancer looks like from the lab bench and the bedside. The Death of Cancer is his illuminating and deeply personal look at the science and the history of one of the world's most formidable diseases. In DeVita's hands, even the most complex medical concepts are comprehensible.

Cowritten with DeVita's daughter, the science writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, The Death of Cancer is also a personal tale about the false starts and major breakthroughs, the strong-willed oncologists who clashed with conservative administrators (and one another), and the courageous patients whose willingness to test cutting-edge research helped those oncologists find potential treatments. An emotionally compelling and informative listen, The Death of Cancer is also a call to arms. DeVita believes that we're well on our way to curing cancer, but there are things we need to change in order to get there. Mortality rates are declining, but America's cancer patients are still being shortchanged - by timid doctors, by misguided national agendas, by compromised bureaucracies, and by a lack of access to information about the strengths and weaknesses of the nation's cancer centers.

©2015 Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., MD, and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    Stephen Strum 12-21-15
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    "Mandatory for Every Literate Person on the Planet"
    What did you love best about The Death of Cancer?

    DeVita tells us the insider story, or what Paul Harvey would say "And now for the rest of the story".


    What did you like best about this story?

    Open disclosure of the reality of what every person touched by cancer actually is facing, should know about and should raise hell about.


    What does Stephen McLaughlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For me, the narration allows me to perform exercise, hiking and reading at the same time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Chapter 8 and 9 are must reads.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a cancer doctor of over four decades and what DeVita tells us is accurate. It is tragic that the American taypayer is not aware of what goes on behind the scenes, and the bureaucratic roadblocks that are part & parcel of "government action" and how this hinders advances in cancer, and prevents early access of promising drugs to those faced with death within a matter of months.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce M Westover LYNNFIELD, MA, US 01-06-16
    Joyce M Westover LYNNFIELD, MA, US 01-06-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating Doctor Explains the Development of Can"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would because the doctor relates his own experiences with patients and other Drs which was extremely interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. DeVita the oncologist because he grew up from a new Dr. and followed us through his own rising career and included some of the fascinating caracters along the way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he went out to California to treat a patient as a favor to his friend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, especially when he developed treatments for childhood leukemia that saved so many youngsters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was especially close to my heart because when I was in elementary school, my girlfriends younger brother died from leukemia and a few years later he would have survived.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Steve Dudley 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bittersweet story would get ten stars if I could"

    What an expose on human nature! In a field which the most sanguine of us would hope and pray could be devoid of greed, jealousy, and even corruption, alas it is not to be. Money is the root of all evil. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I salute Vince DeVita for this confession, revelation, and apology. But most of all for his endurance, passion and focus throughout a brilliant career. Greatest quote in book " the problem with Vince is that he wants to cure cancer!" I am a gynecologic oncologist and I lost count of the number of times I winced while assimilating this book. May the public and profession never lose heart and hope.....and may God continue to bless us with the likes of Vincent DeVita.

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    noel 06-18-16
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    "There is hope"

    For someone diagnosed nearly 2 years ago this book is a godsend. Where I assumed that this may just be a waiting game with the final act running to its normal conclusion.
    This book will help you regain faith in the medical profession.

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    Anthony J. 05-28-16
    Anthony J. 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    If not for the author and others in his field, I likely would have died from my cancer. It is great to hear the struggle he and his colleagues went through to cure cancer. I would not have thought that he would have had so much opposition from doctors in his pursuit to cure any of the types of cancer

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    Tim14527 Penn Yan, NY 04-28-16
    Tim14527 Penn Yan, NY 04-28-16

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    "PLEASE, Read this book! Chaplain Tim"

    This is a book that not only presents but documents "The War on Cancer". It is a sad but real eye opener of where we've been, where we are, and a terrible loss of life that was preventable due to our weapons being financed to sit on the shelf. There is hope, together armed with truth, history, and a desire to help current and future patients, we all can make a difference by being informed and sharing what we know. This book is a great start!

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    Garry J Brown DO 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Never Give Up"

    A candid and insightful report of the current state of cancer care. And a memorable personal history of the progress made over the last fifty years. Important reading for both patients and practitioners.

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    Alisa Zaita 03-29-16
    Alisa Zaita 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting perspective on cancer!"

    I was fascinated to follow his life and see things through his eyes. The book literally comes full
    Circle in the end. I would like to meet him one day and shake his hand for a job well done. It's these folks who don't give up and don't give in that get the tough jobs done and Vince saved a lot of lives along the way. May God bless him and his family for years to come!

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