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The Cancer Chronicles - Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery-logo

The Cancer Chronicles - Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

George Johnson

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. We follow him as he 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. Perhaps most fascinating of all is how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of a wound or the unfolding of a human embryo and turns them, jujitsu-like, against the body. 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 and has found themselves asking

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. We follow him as he 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. Perhaps most fascinating of all is how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of a wound or the unfolding of a human embryo and turns them, jujitsu-like, against the body. 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 and has found themselves asking
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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. We follow him as he 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. Perhaps most fascinating of all is how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of a wound or the unfolding of a human embryo and turns them, jujitsu-like, against the body. 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 and has found themselves asking

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

8h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:45


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:08


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:09


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:18


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:54


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:12


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:20


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:02


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:13


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:34


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:28


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:00


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:31


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:10


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:42


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:20


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:11


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:31


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:43


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:01


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:37


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:38