The Conquest of Cancer: A distant goal by Guy FaguetThe Conquest of Cancer: A distant goal by Guy Faguet

The Conquest of Cancer: A distant goal

byGuy Faguet

Hardcover | November 28, 2014

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Based on 30 years of clinical and research experience, backed by a careful assessment of four decades of published data, Dr. Faguet documented inThe War on Cancer(Springer 2005), early advances in cancer treatment and patient survival that soon stalled. Ten years later and after an exhaustive analysis of evidence-based data available through 2013 that incorporates 755 references, he reveals the root causes of the stagnation in cancer control, including the role played by major stakeholders and advocates a coordinated national effort, akin to the Apollo program, to unveil the causes of cancer and their mastery. In the interim, Dr. Faguet urges caregivers to manage patients according to the four ethical principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, respect for patients' autonomy and justice especially at the end of life.

Dr. Faguet retired from the Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Regents University) after a 30-year academic career that included clinical and bench research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, respectively. He was a member of numerous scientific societies, a consultant for the Nation...
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Title:The Conquest of Cancer: A distant goalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:249 pagesPublished:November 28, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9789401791649

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part I An Historical overview of the war on cancer. The four-decade journey to the National Cancer Act of 1971. Part II Cancer through the ages.- An historical overview: From prehistory to WW11.- Our current knowledge.- Environmental carcinogens.- Part III Cancer statistics.- Assessing the enormity of the problem.- An uncontrolled problem.- Part IV How is advanced cancer treated?-The cancer-cell kill paradigm and beyond.- Complementary and alternative medicine.- The cell-kill paradigm: Bleak outcomes. Part V Stakeholders' role in the status quo.- The role of the National Cancer Institute.- Factors that impact Oncology research and practice.- The complex physician-patient interaction: Expectations vs. reality. Part VI A paradigm shift in cancer management.- Prevention & Early detection.- The holistic management of advanced cancer: A three-stage blueprint. Conclusions. References. Index.

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"Dr. Guy B. Faguet's The Conquest of Cancer: A distant Goal takes the reader on a fascinating journey of decades of cancer research. In a meticulous manner, Dr. Faguet resumes his story from where he left us with his previous work The War on Cancer: An anatomy of failure; A blueprint for the future, just a decade ago. He goes into some very pertinent details about the current hot topic in cancer research; i.e., the genetic basis of various types of cancer and current understanding of cancer spreads. A large section of the book is devoted of why there has been a rather unfortunate stagnation or what Faguet calls " status quo", and what role does National Cancer Institute play despite its leader's well-meaning enthusiasm. The author deserves our gratitude for a forthright, very necessary, and very timely discussion on end of life care and management of advanced stage cancer. To this reader, the section on the history of how President Nixon came to embrace the fight against cancer, devoting a significant part of his January 22, 1971 State of the Union address and how he successfully maneuvered to have Senator Edward Kennedy withdraw his name as sponsor of the bill (National Cancer Act), which Mr. Nixon signed as a Christmas gift to the nation on December 23, 1971 not only is very interesting, but it also informs us how intimately does politics play a part in cancer research. Dr. Faguet writes in a highly readable style, accessible both to the lay public as well as cancer researchers. His authoritative and unbiased account of the present status of the war against cancer - not a pretty picture, provides hope for success in the immediate future because of breakthrough progress in molecular genetics of cancer."Kanti Rai, M.D.Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation Professor of MedicineProfessor of MedicineHofstra North Shore-LIJ School of MedicineNew York, NY