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Title:
Racing to a cure : a cancer victim refuses chemotherapy and finds tomorrow's cures in today's scientific laboratories
Author:
Ruzic, Neil P.
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Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xi, 426 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Into the pit -- Watch and learn -- The chemo culture -- Life before cancer -- Our war within -- A half-billion for proof -- The language of medicine -- Cancer vaccines -- Premature results -- Co-stimulating T cells -- Do they have to die? -- Alternative magic -- Allies in the quest -- False alarm -- Does prayer work? -- Project indolence -- Cure cancer in ten years -- Think tanks -- Transplants: risk vs. cure -- Pathways to success -- From India with results -- Anti-angiogenesis -- The mystery of splenectomy -- The strep connection -- Patient rage -- The biotherapy revolution -- Detour -- Cure!
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ISBN:
9780252028670
Format :
Book

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A cancer victim refuses chemotherapy and finds tomorrow's cures in today's scientific laboratories


Author Notes

Neil Ruzic is the founder and former publisher of several worldwide scientific magazines, including Industrial Research and Oceanology International. He is also the author of 250 articles and 11 books, He established the R&D 100 (the annual awards program for applied physical researchers); holds the first patent for a device to be used on the moon; and founded The Island for Science, Inc., a place for scientists and engineers to collaborate on interdisciplinary research project


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In September 1998 publisher and scientific journalist Ruzic was diagnosed with mantle-cell lymphoma (MCL), an aggressive cancer of the lymph system. Even for an otherwise healthy man in his upper sixties, this was worse than a death sentence. He faced a prognosticated further life-span of 18 months, and that would be made insufferable by side effects from the prescribed chemotherapy. For Ruzic, a self-defined change agent, consuming large quantities of chemical poisons only to allow cancer still to claim his life was unacceptable. In his opinion, physicians too easily rely upon what is considered the gold standard of cancer treatment, chemical therapy. His scientific mind was certain that there were other, perhaps more effective and certainly less deadly treatment options, if one could find them. He made finding a cure for his cancer a full-time job, one in which he emptied entire file cabinets only to refill them with volumes of new research. He discovered that an abundance of biological therapies is being developed in the scientific, rather than the strictly medical, arena; and he reports that those biotherapies and vaccines are proving highly effective for cancer treatment. His well-written memoir recounts a four-year odyssey that took him from splenectomy and diagnosis, through successfully ditching chemotherapy in favor of biotherapy, and to what he boldly calls a cure. --Donna Chavez Copyright 2003 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Science journalist Ruzic, a former NASA consultant, founder of Industrial Research magazine, and creator of the Island for Science (a research center for scientists and engineers), here chronicles his pursuit of a nontoxic cure for his mantle-cell lymphoma. No ordinary patient memoir, this book provides an intriguing glimpse into the world of cutting-edge cancer research from the perspective of a well-heeled, highly educated patient willing to challenge conventional medical wisdom. Instead of undergoing chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant, recommended by several oncologists despite poor survival rates, Ruzic visits cancer research laboratories around the country, attempting to enter clinical trials for new biotherapies such as monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. Though eventually successful, he is hampered at every turn by aspects of what he terms the "Chemo Culture"-oncologists who insist on toxic chemotherapy while ignoring newer, safer options and FDA regulations that require chemotherapy before a patient can enroll in clinical trials of new therapies. His oft-repeated rants against oncologists and the FDA can be a bit grating, but his arguments are thought-provoking and deserve a wide audience. Recommended for academic, medical, public, and consumer health collections.-Janet A. Crum, Oregon Health & Science Univ. Lib., Portland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

The subtitle summarizes the thrust of this unconventional patient memoir. Ruzic is a science journalist and publisher, a former NASA consultant, author of The Shallow Sea (1992), and founder of the Island for Science (an interdisciplinary research center for scientists and engineers). This book documents his four-year pursuit of a nontoxic cure for his mantle-cell lymphoma, an aggressive cancer of the lymph system. Although several oncologists recommended the standard treatments of chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant, Ruzic decided instead to visit cancer research centers throughout the country, correspond with oncology researchers, and attempt to enroll in clinical trials for new biotherapies such as monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. This book offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of cutting-edge cancer research from the perspective of a prosperous, well-educated patient who became his own patient-care advocate. His repeated rants against what he terms "Chemo Culture"--oncologists who insist on toxic chemotherapy while ignoring newer, safer therapies--can be annoying and may confuse or discourage cancer patients and their families. However, he presents thought-provoking arguments that deserve a wide audience. This book will be useful for academic, medical, public, and consumer health collections. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-level undergraduates and above. P. Wermager University of Hawaii at Manoa


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. Into the Pitp. 1
2. Watch and Learnp. 12
3. The Chemo Culturep. 23
4. Life before Cancerp. 38
5. Our War Withinp. 51
6. A Half-Billion for Proofp. 63
7. The Language of Medicinep. 76
8. Cancer Vaccinesp. 88
9. Premature Resultsp. 101
10. Co-stimulating T Cellsp. 110
11. Do They Have to Die?p. 125
12. Alternative Magicp. 139
13. Allies in the Questp. 154
14. False Alarmp. 169
15. Does Prayer Work?p. 184
16. Project Indolencep. 195
17. Cure Cancer in Ten Yearsp. 207
18. Think Tanksp. 219
19. Transplants: Risk vs. Curep. 232
20. Pathways to Successp. 245
21. From India with Resultsp. 254
22. Anti-angiogenesisp. 266
23. The Mystery of Splenectomyp. 282
24. The Strep Connectionp. 294
25. Patient Ragep. 307
26. The Biotherapy Revolutionp. 321
27. Detourp. 332
28. Cure!p. 352
Acknowledgmentsp. 365
Notesp. 367
Glossaryp. 401
Indexp. 409

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