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Category: Medicine and Health Sciences
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Author: Nick James
ISBN: 0199560234
ISBN13: 978-0199560233
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2011)
Pages: 144
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In 1961 John F. Kennedy pledged to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Nine years later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Ten years later, Richard Nixon echoed this pledge by declaring a 'war' on cancer. More than 30 years later, however, cancer remains one of the largest causes of death worldwide, with around 1 in 3 developing the disease.

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Every year around 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer, around 80% of whom are destined to die from the disease, accounting for 1 in 6 of all deaths worldwide. And while research into cancer is bringing huge improvements in the range of options available to cancer patients, these new therapies bring with them massive challenges for healthcare systems struggling to find the huge sums of money for the large numbers of patients involved. This Very Short Introduction explores the facts underlying these figures, starting with the basic facts about the disease before moving on to the bigger picture of the economics and politics of cancer care. Nick James, founder of the CancerHelp UK website, examines the trends in diagnosis of the disease and the constant improvements in treatment techniques that result in better cure rates and increased quality and quantity of life for cancer patients. The book also considers issues surrounding expensive drug development, highlights what can be done to reduce the risk of developing cancer, and discusses the use of complementary and alternative therapies.
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BroWelm
This book provides a reasonably thorough introduction to an enormous topic. The development of cancer is described at a general level with examples and an introduction to oncogenetics; its treatment, again necessarily at a general level but explaining the main treatment methods and examining approaches for different cancers; ongoing areas of research and implicit problems in choosing priorities; and the size and economics of cancer's impact globally and in specific countries. James devotes a chapter to alternative and complementary medicine. James takes a fresh approach, is objective and, through the currency and extent of his expertise, is appropriately cynical about some disparities, even inequities, in the priorities and contradictions in the treatment of cancer in some jurisdictions. He drills down through statistics to identify important trends, some unexpected, across geographic regions, countries and cultures. His reporting of the evident importance of Vitamin D in cancer prevention may be worth the price of the book many times over. Contrary to the views of alternative medicine advocates, Vitamin C fares less well. Many pharmaceutical products are demystified.

Slight criticisms of this format would include the illegibility of some early tables which have been reduced in size and are now black and white. One can piece together some of what the tables are saying by crossing back to the supporting text a few times but, alas, that is not how supporting tables are meant to work.

I was expecting James, a representative of the medical establishment, to pay short shrift to alternative and complementary medicines. He devotes a chapter to these approaches which, given the other areas he had to cover, is generous but nevertheless will make him a target for those who would have the balance the other way. Fortunately, there are many resources on non-medical treatments available. While dismissing some quackery, James is generally fair and evidence-based, importantly highlighting the high risk that can exist if a complementary medicine confounds other treatments. This approach seems reasonable and the reader may consider his points in the context of the disparities, contradictions and trans-border inequities that James identifies in national treatment and pharmaceutical support regimes, and in the context of the commercial priorities of pharmaceutical companies when they try to dovetail with these regimes and appease investors and shareholders. While alternative and complementary approaches have potential risks and drawbacks, the reader is left thinking that it may be preferable to assess them more broadly against the scientific method than against expensive, complex and bureaucratic systems tailored for drug companies and their products. James may not share this view, but the strength of his book is that it provides a sound introduction so that readers may think around the topic as I have.

James has made very good use of the Very Short Introduction format. There are many topics that he has not touched upon but the reader will be better prepared to undertake further reading, to make sense of media, commercial, bureaucratic, even political, statements about cancer treatment. Most importantly, there is information to help manage personal risk and to talk to experts if necessary.
Alsath
The subject matter of this book is enough to make anyone want to pass on the recommendation that they may receive from Amazon.com or from a friend that may have read it. This is the way that I felt when I actually ordered the book. In fact, when it arrived, I quickly took it out of the box and shoved it into the book case to be read at a later date.

Once the book was finally picked up, I found that I could not put it down. Yes, cancer is a scary and macabre subject, but this book removes some of the horrific feelings that such a word conjures up. Dr. James somehow manages to weave his way through the seriousness of the subject by showing his reader just how much is known about the disease today when compared to earlier times. He explains how it (cancer) comes into being and ways that it is treated today, was treated in the past and will most likely be treated in the future. His writing style and understanding of the subject turned a dreaded and scary read nearly into a page turner.

One of the interesting things about the book is that on the back flap it talks about the kind of cancers that Dr. James treats and that he also works to inform people about cancer. This is exactly what he has done with this informative and even engaging book.

This is a terrible subject that many people do not want to think about let alone read about. And this is where the beauty of the book truly lives. It helps to demystify this dreaded word and diagnosis. Everyone brave enough to pick it up will come away knowing more about this disease than they may have thought possible and may even have a better sense of hope knowing what was and where understanding and treatment is headed.

Overall, highly recommended for its clarity and ability to inform the reader about such an ugly subject.
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Review of Cancer: a very short introduction by Nicholas James.

CITATION: James, N. (2011). Cancer: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer.

The series of books published by Oxford University Press are short, well written, up-to-date books giving the latest information about more than 250 different topics. With scientific topics, the rate at which knowledge of an area changes can be very fast. In the case of this particular book on the cancer, this is very much the case, with a large amount of information only being discovered in the past ten years. As this book was written in 2011, much new information will have been discovered by now (2014) so that the book may already be in need of revision. The main chapters in this 135 page book are:

Acknowledgements xi
List of illustrations xiii
Chapter 1 The size of the cancer problem 1
Chapter 2 How does cancer develop? 24
Chapter 3 How is cancer treated? 45
Chapter 4 Cancer research. 73
Chapter 5 The economics of cancer care. 93
Chapter 6 Alternative and complementary approaches to cancer care. 109
Further reading
Index

There are 25 black and white illustrations and 8 tables. These illustrations are helpful, but the size of the print on some of them is so small, for example Table 1, page 6, that it is difficult to make sense of them. The book provides a large amount of information in a small space, but the consequence is that sometimes the most important issues are not clearly spelled out.

The final chapter on ‘Alternative and complementary approaches to cancer care’ is actually more general than just considering the approaches to cancer care as the author directs our attention to the lack of logic in paying large amounts of money for unproven alternative treatments. Some readers may take offense if their favourite treatment appears to be targeted, but it is always good to see what approaches the logical and informed mind would reject.

The book is well worth reading.

BILL PALMER
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