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When you are told that you have leukemia, your world stops. Your brain can't function. You are asked to make decisions about treatment almost immediately, when you are not in your right mind. And yet you pull yourself together and start asking questions. Beside you is your doctor, whose job it is to solve the awful puzzle of bone marrow gone wrong. The two of you are in it together. In When Blood Breaks Down, Mikkael Sekeres, a leading cancer specialist, takes listeners on the journey that patient and doctor travel together. 

Sekeres tells the compelling stories of three people who receive diagnoses of adult leukemia within hours of each other: Joan, a 48-year-old surgical nurse, a caregiver who becomes a patient; David, a 68-year-old former factory worker who bows to his family's wishes and pursues the most aggressive treatment; and Sarah, a 36-year-old pregnant woman who must decide whether to undergo chemotherapy and put her fetus at risk. We join the intimacy of the conversations Sekeres has with his patients, and watch as he teaches trainees. Along the way, Sekeres also explores leukemia in its different forms and the development of drugs to treat it - describing, among many other fascinating details, the invention of the bone marrow transplant and a treatment that targets the genetics of leukemia.

©2020 Mikkael A. Sekeres (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Excellent book for leukemia patients

This caring physician’s perspective is wonderful to hear. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will recommend it to other CML patients.

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Great book!

This was fascinating- to hear the stories/journeys of 3 different patients, each w/ a different type of leukemia. Woven in are the historical background of the treatments & advances. And growing up in a Cleveland suburb, it was fun to hear bits & pieces of northern Ohio. Great narration too! Highly recommend!

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Very interesting and informative

Excellent book for anyone who wants to learn about leukemia or those who want an inside view of a hematologist's daily life.

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Informative and highly relatable read!

Great narrative for those who have been recently diagnosed with leukemia. It gives a brief insight on what leukemia diagnosed patients face, challenges and treatment options. It also answers questions only a hematologist or a fellow leukemia sufferer can understand.
The reading is also well paced and emotive at the right places.