Cancerland: A Medical Memoir by David ScaddenCancerland: A Medical Memoir by David Scadden

Cancerland: A Medical Memoir

byDavid Scadden, Michael D'Antonio

Hardcover | July 10, 2018

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A doctor's riveting story of loss and hope in the world of cancer.

What is it like to encounter cancer? How does it feel to face the unknown, to enter a world of hope, loss, and dread?

From the diagnosis of his childhood friend's mother to his poignant memories in the lab, David Scadden's seen the unknown world of cancer from the lens of a young boy, a classmate, a researcher, a friend, a doctor, and a neighbor. Scadden chronicles his personal memories of cancer - his visits to his sick neighbor and his classmate who left school and never came back.

Now Dr. David Scadden, co-founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and one of the world's leading experts on immunology and oncology, writes his memoir, Cancerland, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio. With riveting stories and moving compassion, Scadden and D'Antonio paint a still rapidly changing landscape in the context of all too common stories of loss. Ranging from Scadden's personal childhood memories to his triumphs and regrets as a doctor, Scadden illuminates a light at the end of a dark tunnel.

Through opening a window into the science of medicine in the world of the unknown, Scadden and D'Antonio humanize cancer while inspiring action that we all so desperately need.

DAVID SCADDEN is the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine at Harvard University. He is a hematologist/oncologist and Director of the Center for Regenerative Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He co-founded the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and is Chair of the Harvard University Dept. of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medic...
Title:Cancerland: A Medical MemoirFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 10, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250092752

ISBN - 13:9781250092755

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Advanced Praise for Cancerland "As co-founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Scadden is partly responsible for numerous medical breakthroughs through bone marrow stem cell research. He reminds readers that those dismal days of scant hope are gone and that the promise of modern technology and radical curative immunotherapies (including those he continues to develop) is making cancer a disease "that changes people's lives, but [is] something they can speak of in past tense."...Illuminating reading on the legacy of a cancer authority." -Kirkus"In Cancerland, Dr. Scadden brilliantly unravels the position cancer occupies in our collective history and consciousness with intimacy and candor. He notes our collective debt to the scientists who laid the groundwork for the remarkable advances we will see to fruition in our lifetime. And he reminds us that medical science is truly a labor of love, done in service of society, and that the advances of science are truly worthy of not only our investment but our awe. Cancerland depicts medicinal science as it truly is: humbling, heart-breaking, complex and inspiring." -Rana Awdish, author of In Shock"Trying to understand the scientific underpinnings of cancer and the mysterious ways in which various cancers arise and spread is daunting. Stopping cancer in its tracks and curing it is an even more formidable task. Dr. David Scadden, a gifted physician scientist, has penned (with Michael D'Antonio) a dazzling and optimistic medical memoir that describes his personal life-long journey to use his scientific knowledge to combat one of the most complex diseases ever known and serve humanity. Scadden writes with humility, compassion and a sense of unbridled duty. Read this book and you will feel your heart expand and your spirit soar." -Sanjiv Chopra, author of The Big Five "Cancerland is a gripping memoir that will appeal to aspiring physicians and scientists, people touched by cancer, and anyone curious about biomedical research and its unprecedented opportunity to enhance human health." -Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, former Dean of Harvard Medical School, Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine"Scadden's beautifully-written Cancerland takes us through the uncertainty, the pain and heartache, and the triumph of caring for cancer patients. He also shows us the hard work, the frustrations, and the joys of searching for a cure for cancer. This book will give you hope." -Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Levy University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton SchoolPraise for Michael D'Antonio's A Consequential President"[An] obligatory reference . for future historians grappling with the Obama presidency." -The Washington Post"[A] massive trove of fact-checked, citation-provided facts ... Latte-sipping liberals may be partisan or at least annoying in their boostery Facebook posting of job-growth charts, but they're not wrong." -Chicago Tribune"[A] broad, generous look at the entire Obama administration and finds many solid arguments that he indeed delivered the 'change' that he promised in 2008." -Kirkus Reviews"D'Antonio is partisan in that he admires Obama, but as befits a distinguished reporter, his assessments, while not neutral, are certainly balanced." -Publishers Weekly"As an answer to critics on both the left and right, journalist D'Antonio . shows that . Barack Obama managed to be thetransformative U.S. president that many hoped for when he took office in 2009 . Readers who enjoy learning about government and politics and want to know howObama and his advisers addressed the challenges they faced will appreciateD'Antonio's thorough coverage." -Library JournalPraise for Michael D'Antonio"A brisk and entertaining read, drawing on interviews and documents and distilling decades' worth of news coverage to tell the story of Trump's childhood, family, business deals, and political forays." -The Washington Post on The Truth About Trump"An admirably straight­forward, evenhanded but nonetheless damning account of Trump's life." -The New York Times Book Review on The Truth About Trump"A brisk and entertaining read, drawing on interviews and documents and distilling decades' worth of news coverage to tell the story of Trump's childhood, family, business deals and political forays." -The Washington Post on The Truth About Trump"A carefully reported and fair-minded account. . [D'Antonio] has pulled together Trump's story, subjected it to some fact-checking and dissected a string of business deals that display his drive to win, his thirst for money, his willingness to push boundaries and his apparently endless quest for publicity." -USA Today on The Truth About Trump"Balanced, well-sourced and perfectly timed."-The Financial Times on The Truth About Trump"D'Antonio has delivered an intriguing portrait of an American individualist and his time." -Los Angeles Times Book Review on Hershey"Stunning . . . a vivid, careful, and ultimately momentous piece of journalism." -The Boston Globe on The State Boys Rebellion"A captivating book." -The Wall Street Journal on A Full Cup"This landmark work of recent history remains gripping and affecting to the last word." -Booklist (starred review) on Mortal Sins