My “top 10” list of the best books about cancer that I’ve read so far.
In “Radical”, Kate Pickert tells the story of how our approach to breast cancer has evolved over the decades, and the impact that our “culture” has had on that history.
In ‘An American Sickness’, Elisabeth Rosenthal explains why our healthcare costs are out of control and offers practical steps we can take as individuals as well as a blueprint for reforms.
In the next decade, we’re likely to know much more about our individual risks for a variety of diseases and conditions based on the information contained in our genomes.
Is the end of cancer as a deadly disease now possible? Can we actually win the war on cancer, which has been pronounced a failure by many?
‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ speaks to much of what my family went through when it became clear that our parents would not be able to continue to manage on their own.
In “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History,” Florence Williams shows how our breasts are primed to respond to signals from our environment, and thus vulnerable to the development of cancer in the world we live in now.
“The Truth in Small Doses” by Clifton Leaf provides valuable insights into changes that need to be made in the cancer research “culture” so that we can get on track toward finding new treatments that save more lives.