Cancer: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 28, 2011

byNick James

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In 1961 John F. Kennedy pledged to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Nine years later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Ten years later, Richard Nixon echoed this pledge by declaring a 'war' on cancer. More than 30 years later, however, cancer remains one of thelargest causes of death worldwide, with around 1 in 3 developing the disease. Curing cancer is not 'rocket science', but the question is, why has cancer proved to be harder to tackle than the moon landings turned out to be? Cancer research is a major economic activity. There are constant improvements in treatment techniques that result in better cure rates and increased quality and quantity of life for those with the disease, yet stories of breakthroughs in a cure for cancer are often in the media. In this Very Short Introduction Nick James, founder of the CancerHelp UK website, examines the trends in diagnosis and treatment of the disease, as well as its economic consequences. Asking what cancer is and what causes it, he considers issues surrounding expensive drug development, what can bedone to reduce the risk of developing cancer, and the use of complementary and alternative therapies.

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In 1961 John F. Kennedy pledged to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Nine years later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Ten years later, Richard Nixon echoed this pledge by declaring a 'war' on cancer. More than 30 years later, however, cancer remains one of thelargest causes of death worldwide, with aro...

Nick James is Professor of Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham. He has a long standing interest in communication of information to patients and founded the CancerHelp UK website in 1994 (www.cancerhelp.org.uk), now one of the largest patient websites in the world and the winner of many awards. He has written numerous res...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199560234

ISBN - 13:9780199560233

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Table of Contents

1. The size of the cancer problem2. How does cancer develop?3. How is cancer treated?4. Cancer research5. The costs of cancer care6. Alternative and complementary approaches to cancer care7. The future shape of cancer care