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Going for the Cure

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ISBN-13: 978-0963318602
ISBN-10: 0963318608
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Early in 1986, Thompson, a New York City orthopedic surgeon, discovered that she had multiple myeloma, a fatal bone-marrow cancer--and resolved to fight it. Although no one stricken with myeloma had ever been cured, the determined author--after achieving remission by an initial regimen of chemotherapy--entered a six-month experimental program to seek a cure. An excruciating physical and mental ordeal, her treatment required massive doses of chemotherapy, radiation and antibiotics designed to eliminate all of her diseased bone marrow except for a small quantity that was treated with antibodies outside her body and later transplanted back to regenerate the marrow supply. Writing in the form of a present-tense, first-person journal, in her dual role as patient and professional Thompson conveys an intense personal involvement combined with a scientific detachment and attention to technical detail. A year after her marrow transplant, she was pronounced cured.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thompson, an orthopedic surgeon, returned to her medical school hospital for routine surgery in 1986 and discovered she had multiple myeloma, an invariably fatal form of bone cancer. This is the intensely absorbing and moving story of her fight for life, which so far has been successful. After conventional chemotherapy, Thompson and her doctor sought and found an experimental new treatment at the Dana-Farber Institute in Boston that involves replacing diseased marrow with laboratory-treated marrow from the patient's own body. Medical explanations are clear, in spite of some jargon, but perhaps the most vital part of this book is its human side--Thompson's emotional reactions to her situation and the support she received from family, friends, and colleagues. This would be especially inspiring reading for cancer patients and their families.
- Eleanor Maass, Maass Assocs., New Milford, Pa.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Intl Myeloma Foundation (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963318608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963318602
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,729,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An incredibly emotional true story of a woman doctor who discovers she has multiple myeloma. On receiving my used copy from amazon I was even more delighted to find inside the book a postcard, written to a friend by the author, who is now deceased. An inspirational book for someone who has,or knows of this illness.
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