The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable--and How We Can Get There

  • Title: The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable--and How We Can Get There
  • Author: Vincent T. DeVita Jr. Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
  • ISBN: 9780374135607
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
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    • Unlimited The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable--and How We Can Get There - by Vincent T. DeVita Jr. Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
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    The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable--and How We Can Get There

    About Vincent T. DeVita Jr. Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn


    1. An internationally recognized pioneer physician in the field of oncology.DeVita earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1957 He was awarded his MD degree with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1961.DeVita spent the early part of his career at the National Cancer Institute NCI In 1980, the president of the United States appointed him as director of the NCI and the National Cancer Program, a position he held until 1988 While at the NCI, he was instrumental in developing combination chemotherapy programs that ultimately led to an effective regimen of curative chemotherapy for Hodgkin s disease and diffuse large cell lymphomas Along with colleagues at the NCI, he developed the four drug combination, known by the acronym MOPP, which increased the cure rate for patients with advanced Hodgkin s disease from nearly zero to over 70%.


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    1. So there s a joke in medicine why do we bury people 6 feet deep Answer to keep the oncologists off of them Well this is that guy, but he s also the developer of the MOPP regimen, and then eventually the head of the American Cancer Institute, Sloan kettering, the Yale cancer center He s the guy who you needed to be crazy aggressive to create a field, play the politics and save thousands of lives It s also wonderful book because of the number of people he throws under the bus, in the name of telli [...]

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    2. Begins at a galloping pace and promises to reveal controversial behind the scenes truth of cancer research The middle chapters devolve into a sort of looking back on my distinguished career memoir naming his many colleagues, benefactors, and esteemed appointments , but DeVita s final chapters return to the theme of how cancer has been understood, misunderstood, and treated for the last fifty years He thinks we re actually winning the battle and provides a lot of fascinating examples of how, whil [...]

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    3. I was astonished with how the field of cancer has evolved over the years Being a medical student, I learn about cancer biology and some of the important cancers and their treatments However, this book provides a totally different perspective towards the topic of cancer That is because the writer takes you through his journey with cancer as a young physician, a consultant oncologist, the director of the National Cancer Institute, and as a cancer patient himself Back in the days, as described in t [...]

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    4. This is a really mportant book, and I d like it to be widely read But for those who won t get round to it, here s the key message enormous progress has been made and is being made in the war on cancer, but at every turn, regulation has hampered that progress The FDA should not be regulating cancer treatments, because their focus is on ensuring the safety of every medication, which is irrelevant to patients whose only other option is certain death They are protecting patients from side effects at [...]

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    5. 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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    6. Dr DeVita was a major player in the war on cancer He describes the personalities behind the research and the political facts of life around obtaining adequate funding, explaining the nuts and bolts of good cancer research He also includes some understandable information on how cancer cells arise and proliferate This is a professional memoir which might have benefited from including a bit personal information Dr DeVita devotes just 2 pages to his son s treatment and ultimate death from aplastic [...]

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    7. DeVita has been at the forefront of cancer treatment since the early days of chemotherapy, and this memoir of his career is both well written and compelling As a medical oncologist who developed treatments and cures for numerous types of cancer, DeVita has firsthand experience in the treatment of cancer over the past half century What makes the book particularly interesting are DeVita s insights into national cancer policy, his analysis of bureaucratic and other problems, and his prescriptions f [...]

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    8. I was surprised by this book, written by a long time colleague, mentor and friend of mine, Vince DeVita I expected an historical and academic account of his career, but I also got a touching personal account of his career and life that is honest, engaging and compelling Anyone with an interest, personal or professional, in cancer, scientific research, medicine or clinical trials will find this well written account informative It also pulls in the many colorful personalities Vince encountered ove [...]

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    9. Excellent overview of the medical fight against cancer by a doctor who has been on the front lines since the 1960s The constant infighting and bureaucracy portrayed are discouraging, but when he reviews all the advances that have been made it is pretty amazing The most surprising thing to me came near the end of the book where he talked about the fight with his own cancer, in which he ignored early warning signs.

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    10. The Death of Cancer,by Dr.DeVita,Jr.As a 92 year old family physician I practised when many of my patients died of cancer,Thanks to Dr.DeVita a true medical visionary and hero cancers are beginning to be cured.I recommend this book to be read by all medical students and sophisticated general public.All cancer lives matter thanks to Dr.DeVita,Jr.

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    11. Overall, this was a very good read The personal, anecdotal stories helped to draw you into the drama of the behind the scenes medical breakthroughs taking place I would definitely recommend this book to others.

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    12. Very good Really 4.5 stars, but the admittedly deserved self congratulatory tone and digressions get a little distracting.

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    13. Good nonfiction books about science have a reliable author whose knowledge is evident Great nonfiction books about science have an author who is able to relay their vast knowledge in a way that the reader can clearly understand and find themselves unable to put down In his fascinating book about the War on Cancer, Dr Vincent DeVita provides a great nonfiction science book Be warned, though The book offers an often shocking look at how far we ve come against cancer and how the true death of cance [...]

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    14. Bureaucracy FDA and human nature doctor s egos and self interest will keep cancer alive.

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    15. 4.5 stars A nearly perfect blend of medical memoir, history of cancer think Emperor of All Maladies, abridged , and explanation of how cancer functions and the strategies for defeating it DeVita has a lively writing style and his reminisces and anecdotes demonstrate abundant humanity and sensitivity This is a man who clearly, both in his work developing groundbreaking treatments for cancer and directly with patients, feels deeply for the people he treats and that his work in oncology is a callin [...]

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    16. It s difficult to believe that a book about cancer can be so hopeful and entertaining DeVita s explanation of the past political influences of the war on cancer, the six hallmarks of cancer and how the FDA manages drugs that eventually get to patients today is clear and completely understandable I highly recommend this book.

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    17. Some of the explanations of cancer research and advances were good, but unfortunately a small percentage of the text in this book Mostly it is a narcissistic ranting about every wrong someone committed against this doctor and an endless droning on about red tape and hospital politics More science, less revenge please.

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    18. Interesting book on the history and current landscape of cancer treatment The author was a little too focused on his own experience and career thoughI could have done without the emphasis on his personal interactions If you want to read about the history of cancer, I would recommend The Emperor of All Maladies over this book.

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    19. I read this book wanting to get a different perspective regarding The War On Cancer It really fascinates me how much money has been contributed and used to find a cure yet the cause is rarely even mentioned throughout this book Viruses were mentioned and, of course, smoking Perhaps if the cause was the focus, the war would be finished Currently it seems to me that it is all about discovering the next drug that will help keep cancer a chronic disease rather than a life ending one Never mind that [...]

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    20. Great book that opened my interest in the medical history of cancerWill not be as interesting to those without some medical background For me it was fun to connect the dots on lots of things I ve heard of but didn t know the basic science foundation of Would be great if the book came with a comprehensive taxonomy of the various cancers and their treatments.

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    21. DeVita and his daughter have written a fascinating book For me the book got better as it went along and by a third of the way in I was fully attentive and committed to paying attention to his story The most engrossing part of his story is the personal interactions and politics of the war on cancer The politics was inter personal, institutional, bureaucratic and governmental That s a lot of politics And a lot was described Names were mentioned and pictures were painted Most of the pictures were n [...]

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    22. Really interesting and enlightening book.

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    23. politics of cancer research

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    24. Three and a half stars Fantastic storytelling from the early days of cancer treatment DeVita suffers from the How I did it is how everyone should do it syndrome that most doctors develop as they age His overall message isn t wrong per se, but his rhetoric and crude conclusions don t serve the message well.

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    25. By Dr DeVita s reckoning, the U.S and other countries have been engage in a serious and well funded effort at seeking the causes of cancers and cures fer the disease for 50 years How is this effort going Dr DeVita sites several articles criticizing the scientific and clinical efforts a eliminating cancer Some writers are bold enough to claim that the effort continues to be unsuccessful Dr DeVita s book presents a counter argument In xThe Death of Cancer , Dr Devita claims that by several importa [...]

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    26. I ve spent most of my career in basic research, and so I don t see very much of the clinical side of cancer research and treatment This autobiographical book was a fascinating insight into that world, from a former director of the NCI and the National Cancer Program as well as various cancer centres As well as descriptions of the progress that s been made in treating cancer, DeVita offers scathing and occasionally pretty arrogant critiques of the FDA and of a medical system that s resistant to c [...]

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    27. I heard about this book a while ago but was reluctant to pick it up because cancer is such a scary topic But I m so glad I did This book is a fascinating memoir of a doctor who has been on the front lines of cancer treatment for over 50 years And it is worth reading because it remind us that many doctors work hard, are smart, and are passionate about treating their patients but that there are also doctors who aren t as smart, are willing to put their financial interests before patient interests, [...]

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    28. Did not finish this book thinking we have arrived if the death of cancer is arrival But a fascinating insight for the layman into the work and times of a leading oncologist over the last 40 years.Would not be qualified to comment on his explanation of cancer and the various patterns of development but all seemed logical, if somewhat frightening.Great feel for the journey of a somewhat frustrated cancer killer one who feels that FDA regulation has unnecessarily delayed treatment of many patients. [...]

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    29. My friend who is in the middle of her treatments for breast cancer suggested this book to me I can see why after reading it it is so hopeful What a remarkable journey the cure for cancer has taken This is my first cancer book so maybe I am too naive to be a good judge but I thought it was very readable and informative, in spite of the very technical information I learned so much and found that my view of where we are in cancer research has changed from pessimistic to very optimistic I do know th [...]

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    30. What a great year for books This is the third incredibly amazing book I ve read in 2016 Extremely well written It is so good I would read it again, and want to keep it to refer to The explanations of cancer pathogenesis are written both for the layman and medical person DeVita is a dynamic, driven obsessed endlessly optimistic where his patients are concerned and a true pioneer I liked him very much, allowing that this book was written by him and his daughter who are biased I loved the many anec [...]

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