The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last Review

With the fascinating scholarship of The Emperor of All Maladies and the deeply personal experience of When Breath Becomes Air, a world-class oncologist examines the current state of cancer and its devastating impact on the individuals it affects -- including herself.
We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet -- a few innovations notwithstanding -- a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one's life at agonizing physical and financial cost.
In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal. Indeed, Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her own husband's oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia. Like When Breath Becomes Air, The First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.

Title:The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

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    The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last Reviews

  • Aamir Jafarey

    Aamir Jafarey, Karachi PakistanI found the reading of “The First Cell” unnervingly disturbing, to the point that I had to put the book down periodically to let myself ‘recover’. I cannot even ...

  • Syed T.

    In her remarkable book “The First Cell,” Azra has been brutally honest at every level. President Nixon declared “War on Cancer” in 1972, but as shown in this book there has been little improve...

  • Mrs. Danvers

    This book reflects some very important thinking about the deficiencies in the way that cancer drug research is performed in this country and recommendations for a different protocol, and I totally buy...

  • Syed Mohammad

    Cancer has impacted everyone on this planet in some way, and this book offers hope while also reflecting how medicine needs to reevaluate how it tackles this disease. Through this book, it is clear th...

  • Michelle Hopkins

    I enjoyed the first half very much. It got repetitive, I thought, in the second half, confusing in spots, a little syrupy for my taste (everyone was her dearest friend) and a little too strident in to...

  • Henry

    Something is seriously wrong with the way cancer research is being done today. Dr. Raza, a prominent oncologist, has written a devastating critique of the way cancer care is being researched and pract...

  • Curt Worden

    After reading The First Cell, I realized how I’ve misunderstood the misguided war on cancer. Dr. Azra Raza has written a powerful and insightful book drawing from the passion for her work, and being...

  • Cindy Lauren

    Love this book, truly. Wasn't sure what to expect and did also love Emperor of All Maladies.This gives a new, exciting, if painful, perspective on the whole cancer landscape. From her own first profes...

  • Amera Raza

    It is a beautifully written, easily understandable, emotionally stirring, and yet soundly- supplemented -with -scientific -data, book. One gets a lot of basic information about cancer as a disease, ho...

  • Bruin Mccon

    “We are all tested. But it is never in the way we prefer, not at the time we expect.”—Dr. Azra Raza’s husband, Harvey, discussing the disease that killed him“The prevention I am talking abou...