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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.

    5 of 5 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.

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    "A rare view into the trenches"

    This book was an incredible look into what it has been like at the forefront of innovation within cancer research. The incredible risks that had to be taken, the doctors just crazy enough to take the risks, and the unbelievable patients willing to risk everything for a chance at life and hope for others. As an oncology researcher myself it gave me an interesting (and somewhat devils advocate) view on the FDA- one I had not previously considered and one that helped me understand so many physicians in the field in a new way. Fantastic book- I highly recommend.

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    Pamela Kalish Phoenix, Arizona USA 07-17-17
    Pamela Kalish Phoenix, Arizona USA 07-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    What did you love best about The Death of Cancer?

    This was one of the best Cancer books I have read....the real stories about patients and his compassion and dedication were amazing!


    What about Stephen McLaughlin’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration.


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    Kyla 07-03-17
    Kyla 07-03-17
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    "Eye-opening and Honest Story"

    A genuine interpretation of the struggle of clinician scientists to treat their patients quickly and effectively against barriers like strict unnecessary regulations, scientific dogma, and politics. Excellent story detailing how far we have come in cancer research.

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    Idrees 04-03-17
    Idrees 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "We came a long way since 1971!"

    We came a long way since president Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971, or as he described it the "war on cancer".

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    Kimberly Javor Johnson 03-18-17
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    "Loved this book!"

    As a pharmacist, I really enjoyed the combination of science and patient stories. A great book every health care professional should take the time to read or listen.

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    Tadas HINGHAM, MA, United States 12-13-16
    Tadas HINGHAM, MA, United States 12-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Dr DeVita is a true hero."

    I could not stop listening. A great history of the fight against Cancer told by one of the greatest cancer docs.

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    Dr. Steve Dudley 07-26-16 Member Since 2017
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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
    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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