Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It

“Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It.” The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC.

Journalist and cancer survivor Clifton Leaf looks at why we have made such limited progress fighting the disease. In The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It describes why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive, and why many scientists are abandoning the search for a cure. Listen »

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The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It by Clifton Leaf (Simon and Schuster, 2013) – Over the past half century, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and so many other killers have fallen dramatically. But cancer continues to kill with abandon. In 2013, despite a four-decade “war” against the disease that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars, more than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly six hundred thousand will die from it. A decade ago, Clifton Leaf, a celebrated journalist and a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a gripping narrative that reveals why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive yet routinely fail, and why our best hope for progress—brilliant young scientists— are now abandoning the search for a cure. The Truth in Small Doses is that rare tale that will both outrage readers and inspire conversation and change.

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