Cancerland by David Scadden

Cancerland

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 me...


Details Cancerland

TitleCancerland
ISBN9781250092755
Author
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreNonfiction, Health, Medicine, Autobiography, Memoir, Science
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Reviews Cancerland

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    2018-11-07
    David Scadden, M.D. titled his book Cancerland: A Medical Memoir. Truthfully, it’s more of a scientific history book. There’s very little in it that constitutes memoir, in the sense of personal experiences. He does tell a bit of his mother’s cancer story, and some parts of integrating family life with being a physician.On the other hand, Scadden discusses the science and medicine of cancer treatment. He’s actually participated, both clini...
  • Heather
    2018-09-10
    I did not particularly like this book. The topics were sometimes all over the place which made it hard to read. The author was derisive to those who have ethical objections to experimenting on embryonic stem cells, while using word play and denial to limit the amount he has to think about it himself. The author obviously isn’t particularly positive towards God or religious people, and throws in odd things like about how viruses made chimpanzees...
  • Janet
    2018-05-21
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- 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 can...
  • Sharon
    2018-10-12
    St. Martin's Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Cancerland: A Medical Memoir. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.The idea for this book stemmed from a conversation between the authors regarding the fact that so much of what happens in science remains unknown to those outside of STEM. As almost half of Americans will be stricken by cancer in some way, the step into "Cancerland" is f...
  • Laurie
    2018-09-28
    Dr. Scadden is an oncologist with several discoveries about cancer treatment under his belt. He is the co-founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on immunology as it applies to oncology. He, like most of us, has also encountered cancer up close and personal, in his own friends and family. And he’s treated numerous patients in his career. He tells us of his history of cancer care and research. It’s b...
  • Shelley
    2018-07-16
    Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC!This book was truly fascinating, I thought I knew a fair amount about cancer and the therapies but it was so enlightening to read about how the history of cancer and the development of the treatments. The authors do not shy away from difficult subjects like the roles that politics, ego, funding and scientific fraud play in research. I am actually going to re-read this book because I want t...
  • David Broughall
    2018-12-13
    This "medical memoir" is very long on medical and very short on memoir, and I found, far less accessible than Siddhartha Mukherjee's monumental The Emperor of All Maladies. I found Cancerland to be a veritable blizzard of biological information with only the occasional break in the storm that would allow me to comprehend what the author was trying to convey. The author is clearly excited about the advances in cancer treatment, particularly as the...
  • Cindy
    2018-05-13
    I found this book to be less about what it's like to have cancer and more about what it is like to dedicate your life to science; specifically to cancer research. The book provides deep insights into cancer and the trials and tribulations of being a researcher. The authors use of strong analogies helps to make abstract complex science more understandable. I felt both hope and frustration as I read it - hope that there are such dedicated smart ind...
  • Jim Connelly
    2018-08-31
    Engaging look into the research and treatment of cancer. The very real human impact on cancer patients and their families of new technologies and the efforts to find a “cure”. The study of molecules, genes and cell research is presented in a way that makes it approachable to the non-scientist. Dr. Scadden also illustrates very well the political and commercial realities of obtaining research funding. Virtually everyone is affected by cancer ...
  • Nancy
    2018-12-02
    I had trouble getting traction in this book so had to skip though when the library wanted it back. It is more science research history than memoir. I admit to liking to learn about medical progress through the lives of people who are helped by medical breakthroughs. There is plenty of good information here but I wish it were leavened with more about the people who have benefited from cancer research.
  • Literary Soirée
    2018-07-09
    A stunning look at cancer treatment and research from a top Harvard oncologist. Poignant stories of patients battling the illness are interwoven with details on research efforts, including the pioneering stem cell expertise of the author. Highly recommended!Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books for an ARC. Opinions are mine.#Cancerland #NetGalley
  • Sabrina
    2018-08-26
    Good overview of the field, but too much name-dropping. I don't care that you went fishing with Irv Weissman... Sorry!
  • Cheryl
    2018-10-08
    Probably better if you are in medicine. It is heavy on the medical side, but I found the personal side of the story much more interesting.
  • Lucy
    2018-08-27
    I was given a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest reviewWell it seems appropriate that my first review after starting my nursing degree is a review of a medical book.I’ve read plenty medical memoirs before, and I would say they are fast becoming a favourite genre for me. Cancerland though is a bit different from the others.At the beginning Scadden said that one of his aims in writing his memoir was to increase peoples’ ...