Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

byAlanna Mitchell

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"In addition to her clear medical explanations, Mitchell's compassionate attitude will bring comfort to those readers and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis." - Publishers Weekly

Award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell confronts cancer myths in this powerful and personal book, as she recounts her family's experiences with the disease. When her beloved brother-in-law John is diagnosed with malignant melanoma, Mitchell throws herself into the latest clinical research, providing us with a clear description of what scientists know of cancer and its treatments. When John enters the world of alternative treatments, Mitchell does, too, looking for the science in untested waters. She comes face to face with the misconceptions we share about cancer, which are rooted in blame and anxiety, and opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.

Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer.

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"In addition to her clear medical explanations, Mitchell's compassionate attitude will bring comfort to those readers and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis." - Publishers WeeklyAward-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell confronts cancer myths in this powerful and personal book, as she recounts her family's experiences with t...

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"In addition to her clear medical explanations, Mitchell's compassionate attitude will bring comfort to those readers and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis." - Publishers WeeklyAward-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell confronts cancer myths in this powerful and personal book, as she recounts her family's experiences with t...

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about science and social trends. She is a global thinker who specializes in investigative reporting. Her most recent full-length book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international bestseller that won the prestigious Grantham Prize for Excellence in Report...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770412689

ISBN - 13:9781770412682

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Inevitable, Preventable and Deserved?

1 Pandora's Jar: Disease as Punishment

2 The Sisters of Fate: Is Cancer Inevitable?

3 Billboard for Sin: The Fables of Disease

4 The Haruspex: Defying the Dread

5 Liquid Biopsy: The Imagination of Cancer

6 Garden of Eden

7 Rewriting the Metaphor

Editorial Reviews

"We have all been touched by cancer in one form or another. We've all crafted our own bespoke way of coping with its impact. I think we'd all do well to approach it with the openness and candour Mitchell brings to the table." - Globe and Mail"In addition to her clear medical explanations, Mitchell's compassionate attitude will bring comfort to those readers and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis." - Publishers Weekly"Mitchell does a convincing job sorting fact from fiction, diffusing fear, and challenging the manipulative language of fundraisers who aim for pocketbooks rather than intellectual honesty . . . Mitchell's research is rooted in science, while her writing remains grippingly personal." - Quill & Quire"Alanna Mitchell's admirable Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths joins a series of thoughtful writings about the most reviled disease . . . Interwoven through an elegant and readable account of the biology and history of cancer - frequently citing Mukherjee - is this much more personal and emotional story of terror and the need to take charge of one's own destiny." - Literary Review of Canada"Anyone fearing cancer (probably most of us) will find relief in this compelling book; it's like having a well-informed friend by your side, helping you dodge free radicals. By 'liberating the facts,' Mitchell turns the war on cancer into a hopeful dance." - Plum Johnson, author of They Left Us Everything