1. Front Cover: "In 2010 about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7 million humans around the world will die of cancer. In the United States, one in three women and one in two men will develop cancer during their lifetime. A quarter of all American deaths, and about 15% of all deaths worldwide, will be attributed to cancer. In  some nations, cancer will surpass heart disease to become the most common cause of death". Now read it with conjunction in page 401: "The mortality for nearly every form of cancer - lung, breast, colon and prostate - had continuously dropped for fifteen straight years....mortality had declined by about 1 percent every year".
  2. Farber who was probably the first to make widespread use of  chemotherapy, especially children with ALL, when it came to his own cancer: "Farber underwent surgery to remove his inflamed colon at Mount Auburn Hospital in Boston, likely choosing the small and private Cambridge hospital across the Charles River to keep his diagnosis and surgery hidden from his colleagues and friends on the Longwood campus." (Page 118). It is worthwhile to note Farber kept his diagnosis a secret and probably did not apply the same chemotherapy which he recommended for his patients.
  3. Page 465: "As Doll suggests, and as Atossa epitomizes, we might as well focus on prolonging life rather than eliminating death. The War on Cancer may best be "won" by redefining victory".
  4. "But with cancer, where no simple, universal, or definitive cure is in sight - and is never likely to be - the past is constantly conversing with the future. Old observations crystallize into new theories; time past is always contained in time future". [Page 466]
  5. The story of Germaine (Page 468): "In the summer of 2004 she was celebrating the fourth anniversary of her unexpected recovery, the cells of Germaine's tumor suddenly grew resistant to Gleevec. Her lumps, having remained dormant for four years sprouted vengefully back. In months, masses appeared in stomach, lymph nodes, lungs liver, spleen. The nausea returned just as powerfully as the first time."
  6. "In most ancient societies, people did not live long enough to get cancer. Men and women were long consumed by tuberculosis, dropsy, cholera, small pox, leprosy, plague of pneumonia. If cancer existed it remained submerged under sea of other illnesses. Nineteenth-century doctors often linked cancer to civilization:....The link was correct but causality was not: civilization did not cause cancer, but by extending human life spans - civilization unveiled it." [Page 44]
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