What is Cancer?

Source: Stanford Cancer Center Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells rapidly reproduce despite restriction of space, nutrients shared by other cells, or signals sent from the body to stop reproduction. Cancer cells are often shaped differently from healthy cells, they do not function properly, and they can […]

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Source: Livestrong A Adrenal glands The adrenal glands are two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They make hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure and the way the body uses food.   Advanced Care Directives These are written documents meant to communicate the conditions under […]

Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer by George Johnson

  New York Times January 4, 2014 EVERY New Year when the government publishes its Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, it is followed by a familiar lament. We are losing the war against cancer. Half a century ago, the story goes, a person was far more likely to die […]

Glossary of Terms

Source: Stanford Cancer Center A abdomen – area between the chest and the hips that contains the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. ablative therapy – treatment that removes or destroys the function of an organ, such as surgical removal of an organ or some types of chemotherapy. […]

The Making of a Modern Disease by Steven Shapin

The New Yorker November 8, 2010 Targeted therapies hold out the promise of a new era in cancer treatment, but will we fear cancer any the less? This is how it starts. Carla wakes up one morning feeling that something is wrong. She has been having headaches, but not of […]

‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies’ Battling an Opportunistic Killer by Neil Genzlinger

Early in Monday’s first installment of PBS’s “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” a statistic about cancer’s toll in the United States is offered to convey the magnitude of the subject. “More will die from cancer over the next two years than died in combat in all the wars the […]

This is Cancer: Everything you need to know, from the waiting room to the bedroom

By Laura Holmes Haddad Laura’s website is www.lauraholmeshaddad.com Book reviewed by Kathie Farrell from CALMERme.com Contributed by Zero Breast Cancer www.ZeroBreastCancer.org  30 North San Pedro Road, Suite 160, San Rafael, California 94930, 415 507-1949 Summary In her first book, This is Cancer: Everything you need to know, from the waiting room […]