A Short Primer on Why Cancer Still Sucks

Have you ever wondered why cancer remains such a dreadful illness? Why is it so common? How can you reduce your cancer risk? Why is screening not better at finding cancers early? How does cancer make people feel so sick?

How do different types of treatment work, why might they fail, and how do they cause side effects? What role does our immune system play? Do alternative and complementary More
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About David J. Stewart, MD

David J. Stewart, MD, FRCP(C) is a Professor of Medicine and a seasoned medical oncologist. For more than 40 years, he has been wrestling with the many problems surrounding cancer patient care and has been teaching both patients and trainees why things are the way they are.

Dr. Stewart has worked in both the United States and Canada. He knows both healthcare systems well. He was at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas from 1976 to 1980 and from 2003 to 2011, and at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada from 1980 to 2003 and from 2011 to the present.

In answer to the question, "Which healthcare system is better?", his answer is, "I love them both and I hate them both. Both have strengths, but both also have major issues that need fixing."

He has published more than 340 peer-reviewed academic papers and more than two dozen book chapters. He has also published several op eds in the lay press on factors that impede patient access to the care they need. In 2016, he and his collaborator Dr Razelle Kurzrock received the annual Federa Award from the Federation Foundation of Dutch Medical Scientific Societies. This award was in international recognition of their call for new approaches to cancer clinical research. This book repeats that call.

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