Cancer

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Once a certain death sentence and often a cause for shame, cancer is now a treatable disease. Cancer provides a broad introduction to this complex family of diseases, tracing the fascinating history of scientific discoveries that led to today's sophisticated treatments.

This extraordinary new volume, coauthored by three leaders in cancer research and surgery at Harvard Medical School, uses scientifically accurate yet accessible language to give readers a firm grounding in such essential concepts as angiogenesis and the genetics of cancer. In addition to information about types of cancer, diagnosis, and treatment, Cancer places special emphasis on new frontiers in research, psychological aspects of a cancer diagnosis, and quality-of-life issues for those living with disease. Useful features include a comprehensive glossary, a timeline of milestones in cancer research, and an appendix for students on how to pursue a career in science or medicine.

 

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Contents

Understanding Cancer
1
Making the Diagnosis of Cancer
65
Cancer Treatments
77
Chapter 4 Maintaining Quality of Life after a Cancer Diagnosis
101
Chapter 5 When Cancer Treatments Dont Work
111
Chapter 6 Hope for the Future
117
Appendix A How You Can Pursue a Career in Science or Medicine
127
Appendix B Cancer Timeline
135
Appendix C Internet Resources
143
Glossary
145
References
155
Index
171
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About the author (2009)

Susan Pories is a breast cancer surgeon, surgical educator, and investigator.

Marsha Moses is professor at Harvard Medical School and the interim director of the Vascular Biology Program at Children's Hospital Boston.

Margaret Lotz is a clinical research coordinator, data manager and analyst for clinical cancer trials in cancer biomarkers.

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