Cancer is a formidable enemy. In fact, people born in America since 1960 face a one in two chance of being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. However, there's growing evidence that fewer cancers will be death sentences for patients.
New approaches and understandings are transforming the medical world, increasing success rates for remissions, disease management, and cures. And Dr. Ashani Weeraratna is at the forefront of this new level of care.
In Is Cancer Inevitable? Dr. Weeraratna―a pioneering melanoma researcher whose work explores the role aging plays in cancer cells' spread and drug resistance―gives readers an inside look at several of the latest cancer advances. Detailing the actions that are reducing the disease's impact and exploring what the future may hold, she explains how the molecular mechanisms involved in metastasis and the cells' microenvironments influence cancer's development and progression.
Over the years, she writes, our understanding of how cancer cells move throughout the body, change as they plant themselves in the body's microenvironments, and even communicate with one another has led to major insights about how cancer works. With compelling detail, she takes us inside her lab, revealing how new insights are leading to major breakthroughs, even among patients with Stage IV cancer. She also explains how age-related changes in the microenvironment contribute to multiple aspects of melanoma formation and development. Such scholarship, she argues, is moving us toward a day when more patients will be declared cancer-free.
An inspiring and deeply personal book, Is Cancer Inevitable? offers readers newfound hope.