A good read!

Hello sisters!

This is just a quick note to recommend a book to you all. I spotted this in Waterstones a few weeks ago when I was book shopping for my nephew's birthday.

'The Emperor of all Maladies: a Biography of Cancer' by Siddartha Mukerjee won the Pullitzer Prize for Non Fiction this year, and it really is an excellent read. Mukerjee is a clinical oncologist and he explains a history of the biology and treatment of cancer. The book describes how doctors and scientists have researched and discovered how cancer works, and what can be done to treat it. It doesn't focus on ovca, but discusses a few specific cancers, and makes some general points about types of cancer.

I'm not a scientist, but this book is so well written and so clearly explained, that there were only a couple of paragraphs that I had to reread. I had already done a lot of reading online about my cancer, but this book gave me a much better understanding of the disease. And it also gave me a lot of hope. By getting my head around the microbiology, I'm very optimistic about the possibilities for future treatments.

It really is worth a read!

Best wishes to you all

Gael xxx

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  • Hi Gael,

    One of my neighbours told me about this book. She said it is absolutely brilliant and written like a thriller. I am reading some fiction at the moment, but will buy this for my Kindle next.

    Thanks Gael.

    Love Lizzie


  • Absolutely Lizzie! It's a real page turner - I'm mostly a fiction reader, and this is a fascinating story as well as a good education.



  • Hi Gael,

    I downloaded it to my kindle from Amazon last night so it is on the run way...take off slot straight after 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro. Also listening to Stephen King's Duma Key on my ipod when I go for my 10,000 steps each day.

    Love Lizzie


  • I listened to Never Let Me Go on my mp3 player while walking to work and back, when I went back to work after chemo. And it has really stuck in my head! Every now and again a chunk of it pops back to mind. A haunting story.


  • Thanks Gael, I'll add it to my Christmas list! Annie

  • The book that helped me most was Cancer Giggles. Made me feel very positive. I check up on facts etc but otherwise I do not read about cancer. I have a disease but I refuse to let it take over my life!

  • Thank you - ordered from Amazon



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