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    22.3 hrs • 12/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

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    The Emperor of All Maladies

    22.3 hrs • 12/15/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.3 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Cancer touches everybody’s life in one way or another. But most of us know very little about how the disease works, why we treat it the way we do, and the personalities whose dedication got us where we are today. For fifty years, Dr. Vincent T. DeVita Jr. has been one of those key players: he has held just about every major position in the field, and he developed the first successful chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a breakthrough the American Society of Clinical Oncologists has called the top research advance in half a century of chemotherapy. As one of oncology’s leading figures, DeVita knows what cancer looks like from the lab bench and the bedside. The Death of Cancer is his illuminating and deeply personal look at the science and the history of one of the world’s most formidable diseases. In DeVita’s hands, even the most complex medical concepts are comprehensible. Cowritten with DeVita’s daughter, the science writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, The Death of Cancer is also a personal tale about the false starts and major breakthroughs, the strong-willed oncologists who clashed with conservative administrators (and one another), and the courageous patients whose willingness to test cutting-edge research helped those oncologists find potential treatments. An emotionally compelling and informative read, The Death of Cancer is also a call to arms. DeVita believes that we’re well on our way to curing cancer but that there are things we need to change in order to get there. Mortality rates are declining, but America’s cancer patients are still being shortchanged—by timid doctors, by misguided national agendas, by compromised bureaucracies, and by a lack of access to information about the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s cancer centers. With historical depth and authenticity, DeVita reveals the true story of the fight against cancer. The Death of Cancer is an ambitious, vital audiobook about a life-and-death subject that touches us all.

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  3. 8.3 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    A fascinating insider’s account of a major cancer cover-up Ralph W. Moss was assistant director of public affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City when he unveiled a cover-up of positive tests with America’s most controversial anticancer agent, laetrile. He was ordered by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center officials to falsify reports. He refused. Instead, he organized an underground employee group called Second Opinion to oppose the cover-up. Moss is the author of more than a dozen books on cancer, but this is by far his most dramatic work: a first-person account of those shocking events.

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    Doctored Results by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

    Doctored Results

    8.3 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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    8.3 hrs • 8/27/2013 • Unabridged

    When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way—an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. In a provocative and intellectually vibrant exploration, he takes us on an adventure through the history and recent advances of cancer research that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease. Deftly excavating and illuminating decades of investigation and analysis, he reveals what we know and don’t know about cancer, showing why a cure remains such a slippery concept. Johnson combs through the realms of epidemiology, clinical trials, laboratory experiments, and scientific hypotheses—rooted in every discipline from evolutionary biology to game theory and physics. Cogently extracting fact from a towering canon of myth and hype, he describes tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body, paleo-oncologists who uncover petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient human ancestors, and the surprising reversals in science’s comprehension of the causes of cancer, with the foods we eat and environmental toxins playing a lesser role. Throughout his pursuit, Johnson clarifies the human experience of cancer with elegiac grace, bearing witness to the punishing gauntlet of consultations, surgeries, targeted therapies, and other treatments. He finds compassion, solace, and community among a vast network of patients and professionals committed to the fight and wrestles to comprehend the cruel randomness cancer metes out in his own family. For anyone whose life has been affected by cancer, this book provides a new understanding. The Cancer Chronicles is endlessly surprising and as radiant in its prose as it is authoritative in its eye-opening science.

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    The Cancer Chronicles

    8.3 hrs • 8/27/13 • Unabridged
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    9.7 hrs • 5/14/2013 • Unabridged

    Philadelphia, 1959. A scientist scrutinizing a single human cell under a microscope detects a missing piece of DNA. That scientist, David Hungerford, had no way of knowing that he had stumbled upon the starting point of modern cancer research—the Philadelphia chromosome. This book charts not only that landmark discovery, but also—for the first time, all in one place—the full sequence of scientific and medical discoveries that brought about the first-ever successful treatment of a lethal cancer at the genetic level. The significance of this mutant chromosome would take more than three decades to unravel; in 1990, it was recognized as the sole cause of a deadly blood cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia, or CML. This dramatic discovery launched a race involving doctors and researchers around the world, who recognized that it might be possible to target CML at its genetic source. Science journalist Jessica Wapner brings extensive original reporting to this book, including interviews with more than thirty-five people with a direct role in this story. Wapner reconstructs more than forty years of crucial breakthroughs, clearly explains the science behind them, and pays tribute to the dozens of researchers, doctors, and patients whose curiosity and determination restored the promise of a future to the 70,000 people worldwide who are diagnosed with CML each year. Chief among them is researcher and oncologist Dr. Brian Druker, whose dedication to his patients fueled his quest to do everything within his power to save them. The Philadelphia Chromosome helps us fully appreciate just how ground-breaking, hard-won, and consequential these achievements are—and understand the principles behind today’s most important cancer research.

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    The Philadelphia Chromosome

    9.7 hrs • 5/14/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 4.2 hrs • 4/30/2013 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek’s 150 Women Who Changed the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the world Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. “Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth,” she writes, “I could not feel or know their pain.” But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body—pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world. Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Ensler calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

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    In the Body of the World

    4.2 hrs • 4/30/13 • Unabridged
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    2.2 hrs • 9/4/2012 • Unabridged

    On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported “from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady.” Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis. Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death. Mortality is the exemplary story of one man’s refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens’ testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.

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    Mortality

    Foreword by Graydon Carter
    Afterword by Carol Blue
    Read by Simon Prebble
    2.2 hrs • 9/4/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.5 hrs • 5/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Cancer rates continue to skyrocket, and the overall survival rate for stage IV cancer patients in the United States is a grim 2.1 percent. Clearly, the extensive use of expensive—sometimes ineffective—toxins in conventional oncology protocols is a failing strategy. Even the few survivors of these harsh slash-and-burn treatments can have a dismal quality of life, suffering with ailments such as nerve damage, heart muscle disease, and liver and kidney failure. And unfortunately, many conventional doctors discourage patients from exploring alternative treatment options. A featured doctor in Suzanne Somers’ bestselling cancer book Knockout, forty-year oncology veteran James W. Forsythe, MD, HMD, offers a more cost-effective, personalized, and compassionate alternative to traditional cancer treatment. Dr. Forsythe’s integrative approach has yielded an astonishing 46 percent positive response rate in a five-hundred-patient study. In Take Control of Your Cancer, you will find information on all stages of cancer, including: –Warning signs of cancer –How to pinpoint the causes of cancer and to avoid recurrence –Preventive measures such as a healthy diet and regular exercise –Overview of how to choose what drugs and supplements to use –How to take charge of your cancer treatment and maintain a positive attitude –Successful case studies of forty of Dr. Forsythe’s stage IV cancer patients While Dr. Forsythe offers his patients conventional and alternative therapies on their own, as well as an integrative option, Take Control of Your Cancer encourages cancer patients and their families to explore their treatment options and look for doctors who personalize treatment for optimal outcomes.

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    Take Control of Your Cancer by James W. Forsythe, MD, HMD

    Take Control of Your Cancer

    Foreword by Burton Goldberg
    4.5 hrs • 5/1/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 14.1 hrs • 4/1/2012 • Unabridged

    In Cancer Is Not a Disease!, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed health expert Andreas Moritz argues that cancer is the physical symptom of the body’s final attempt to eliminate specific life-destructive causes. He claims that removing such causes sets the precondition for complete healing of the body, mind, and emotions. This book confronts you with a radically new understanding of cancer—one that outdates the current cancer model. Cancer Is Not a Disease! shows you what actually causes cancer, why regular cancer treatments can be fatal, and how you can remove the obstacles that prevent the body from healing itself. It argues that cancer is not an attempt on your life; to the contrary, cancer is trying to save it. Unless we change our perception of what cancer really is, it will continue to threaten nearly one out of every two people. This book opens a door for those who wish to turn feelings of victimhood into empowerment and self-mastery and disease into health.

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    Cancer Is Not a Disease! by Andreas Moritz

    Cancer Is Not a Disease!

    14.1 hrs • 4/1/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.9 hrs • 1/29/2010 • Unabridged

    Become an active patient and build your emotional support systems. Drawing on his experience as a thirty-year survivor of a “terminal” cancer diagnosis and his training as a licensed psychologist, Neil Fiore provides deep insight and practical tools for: Managing the initial shock at receiving a cancer diagnosisLessening stress and worryCombating depressionPreparing your body for treatmentLiving a rich full life with cancer despite the fear and possibility of recurrence Wise and compassionate, this audiobook shows patients and their families how to work with medical caregivers, communicate with each other, and overcome feelings of helplessness.

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    19.2 hrs • 11/24/2009 • Unabridged

    The war on cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease—but it has left untouched many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, and the global environment. Evidence of how these things affect our chances of getting cancer has been either overlooked or suppressed. And this has been no accident. The war on cancer is run by the leaders of industries that make cancer-causing products and that occasionally profit from treating the disease. This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain. Filled with compelling personalities and never-before-revealed information, this book by Dr. Davis, acclaimed author and scientist, shows how we began fighting the wrong war, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies—a legacy that persists today.

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    The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis, PhD, MPH

    The Secret History of the War on Cancer

    19.2 hrs • 11/24/09 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.5 hrs • 6/24/2009 • Unabridged

    In his monumental bestseller, Love, Medicine, and Miracles, Dr. Bernie Siegel broke new ground by revealing the powerful role the mind can play in fighting illness. His dramatic stories of seriously ill patients whose sheer will, determination, and love helped them survive against the odds inspired countless listeners to consider the possibility of participating in their own healing. This new companion audio to Dr. Siegel’s timeless classic takes the journey further. Faith, Hope, and Healing presents remarkable stories of what happened to patients who followed Dr. Siegel’s advice. You’ll meet courageous women and men who have not only been cured of cancer but have also found deeper faith, hope, joy, and healing by coming to terms with their own mortality. Grouped into sections on faith, hope, and healing, these first-person accounts and Siegel’s insightful commentaries encourage and help you to develop a survivor’s attitude and personality traits. They also offer proven strategies for getting through difficult times and discovering the gifts—true gifts—that illness can bring into your life. Among the survivors who tell their stories here, you’ll find a woman who discovered that she had lost her battle for the custody of her three sons and that her breast cancer had returned—on the same day. In the midst of utter catastrophe and defeat, she discovered a love of life she had never known before. You’ll also meet the woman who asked, “Why me?” when she was diagnosed with cancer and was surprised when a little voice inside her answered, “Why not?” And, a successful veterinarian reveals how his throat cancer taught him things about pets that he never learned in school. All of the stories in this deeply supportive collection help you discover what Dr. Siegel calls the “side effects” of cancer: the wake-up call that urges you to begin your life anew, a heightened understanding of what really matters to you and what doesn’t, and the courage to take control of your own healing process as you work with caregivers to cure your illness. For more than twenty years, Dr. Siegel has been educating cancer patients on the importance of the spiritual life in facing and recovering from cancer. In Faith, Hope, and Healing, he helps you learn from the experiences of others how to recognize the disease as a wake-up call that leads you to seek nourishment for yourself and your life, start building a more authentic and fulfilling today, and keep it going for many years to come.

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    Faith, Hope, and Healing

    7.5 hrs • 6/24/09 • Unabridged
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  13. 13.9 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    Most cancer research dollars have been wasted asking the wrong questions, looking in the wrong places, and using the same failed approaches while expecting different results. Conventional cancer treatments damage health, cause new cancers, lower the quality of life, and decrease the chances of survival. In fact, most people who die from cancer are not dying from cancer but from their treatments!That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: We can end the cancer epidemic. In Never Fear Cancer Again, listeners will gain a revolutionary new understanding of health and disease and will come to understand that cancer is a biological process that can be turned on and off, not something that can be surgically removed or destroyed with radiation or toxic chemicals. So whether cancer has already been diagnosed or if prevention is the concern, it is possible to turn off the wayward production of these malfunctioning cells once and for all by implementing the strategies in this book. All diseases have one simple cause: malfunctioning cells created by either deficiency or toxicity. By switching off the malfunctioning cells, you switch off the cancer. Never Fear Cancer Again guides listeners along six pathways that cause deficiency or toxicity at the cellular level: nutritional path, genetic path, medical path, toxin path, physical path, and the psychological path. By making key lifestyle changes, people truly have the power to take control of cancer and transform their health. This radically different yet holistic approach restored author Raymond Francis to health just as it has helped thousands of others, many of whom were told they had no other options or that their cancer was incurable. Take back your health with this book and never fear cancer again.

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    Never Fear Cancer Again by Raymond Francis, MSc

    Never Fear Cancer Again

    Foreword by Harvey Diamond
    Read by Alan Sklar
    13.9 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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