Radical by Kate Pickert audiobook

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America

By Kate Pickert

Little, Brown Spark, Hachette Book Group 9780316470322
Unabridged
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The science, culture and history of breast cancer as told by a health-care journalist who survived it As a health-care journalist, Kate Pickert knew the emotional highs and lows of medical trauma and treatment well -- but always from a distance, through the stories of her subjects. That is, until she was unexpectedly diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer at the age of thirty-five. As she underwent more than a year of treatment, Pickert realized that the popular understanding of breast care in America bears little resemblance to the experiences of today's patients and the rapidly changing science designed to save their lives. After using her journalistic skills to navigate her own care, Pickert embarked on a quest to understand the cultural, scientific and historical forces shaping the lives of breast-cancer patients in the modern age. Breast cancer is one of history's most prolific killers. Despite billions spent on research and treatments, it remains one of the deadliest diseases facing women today. From the forests of the Pacific Northwest to an operating suite in Los Angeles to the epicenter of pink-ribbon advocacy in Dallas, Pickert desscribes the progress that has been made against breast cancer and presents the challenges inherent in defeating a disease that strikes one in eight American women and has helped shape the country's medical culture Drawing on interviews with doctors, economists, researchers, advocates and patients, as well as on journal entries and recordings collected over fourteen months of the author's treatment, Radical puts the story of breast cancer into context, and shows how modern treatments represent a long overdue shift in the way doctors approach cancer -- and disease -- itself.

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The science, culture and history of breast cancer as told by a health-care journalist who survived it
As a health-care journalist, Kate Pickert knew the emotional highs and lows of medical trauma and treatment well -- but always from a distance, through the stories of her subjects. That is, until she was unexpectedly diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer at the age of thirty-five. As she underwent more than a year of treatment, Pickert realized that the popular understanding of breast care in America bears little resemblance to the experiences of today's patients and the rapidly changing science designed to save their lives. After using her journalistic skills to navigate her own care, Pickert embarked on a quest to understand the cultural, scientific and historical forces shaping the lives of breast-cancer patients in the modern age.
Breast cancer is one of history's most prolific killers. Despite billions spent on research and treatments, it remains one of the deadliest diseases facing women today. From the forests of the Pacific Northwest to an operating suite in Los Angeles to the epicenter of pink-ribbon advocacy in Dallas, Pickert desscribes the progress that has been made against breast cancer and presents the challenges inherent in defeating a disease that strikes one in eight American women and has helped shape the country's medical culture
Drawing on interviews with doctors, economists, researchers, advocates and patients, as well as on journal entries and recordings collected over fourteen months of the author's treatment, Radical puts the story of breast cancer into context, and shows how modern treatments represent a long overdue shift in the way doctors approach cancer -- and disease -- itself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kate Pickert does a great job of using her own story to bring the people and history of breast cancer treatment and advocacy to a modern audience.” Susan M. Love, MD, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

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Author Bio: Kate Pickert

Author Bio: Kate Pickert

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Audience: Adult
Language: English