From the diagnosis of his childhood friend’s mother to his poignant memories in the lab, David Scadden’s seen the unknown world of cancer from the lens of a young boy, a classmate, a researcher, a friend, a doctor, and a neighbor. Scadden chronicles his personal memories of cancer – his visits to his sick neighbor and his classmate who left school and never came back.
Now Dr. David Scadden, co-founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and one of the world's leading experts on immunology and oncology, writes his memoir, Cancerland, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio. With riveting stories and moving compassion, Scadden and D’Antonio paint a still rapidly changing landscape in the context of all too common stories of loss. Ranging from Scadden’s personal childhood memories to his triumphs and regrets as a doctor, Scadden illuminates a light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Through opening a window into the science of medicine in the world of the unknown, Scadden and D’Antonio humanize cancer while inspiring action that we all so desperately need.
"In Cancerland, Dr. Scadden brilliantly unravels the position cancer occupies in our collective history and consciousness with intimacy and candor. He notes our collective debt to the scientists who laid the groundwork for the remarkable advances we will see to fruition in our lifetime."—Rana Awdish, author of In Shock
“Cancerland is a gripping memoir that will appeal to aspiring physicians and scientists, people touched by cancer, and anyone curious about biomedical research and its unprecedented opportunity to enhance human health.”—Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, former Dean of Harvard Medical School, Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine
"Scadden’s beautifully-written Cancerland takes us through the uncertainty, the pain and heartache, and the triumph of caring for cancer patients. He also shows us the hard work, the frustrations, and the joys of searching for a cure for cancer. This book will give you hope.”—Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Levy University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School
"In Cancerland, he expertly combines his personal stories of treating patients with the history of cancer treatments. A thorough examination of the history and advancements made in treating cancer patients by a physician and researcher."—Shelf Awareness
"Scadden examines the disease’s recent history through interconnected lenses."—Nature