Summary & Study Guide - Cancerland by Lee Tang

A Medical Memoir on Cancer and Stem Cell Research

The must-read summary of “Cancerland: A Medical Memoir," by David Scadden, M.D.

Summary & study guide - cancerland

Get Up-to-Date on Cancer and Stem Cell Research.

The must-read summary of “Cancerland: A Medical Memoir," by David Scadden, M.D.

Cancer presents a daunting challenge for patients, caregivers, and science. Most people encountering cancer feel like stepping into a foreign land called Cancerland.

The current state of science and medicine offer us many possibilities—radiation therapy, chemotherapy, stem cell therapy, precision surgery, and therapies relying on engineered viruses and immune cells. 

The book leads you through the rapidly changing landscape of Cancerland, from the dawn of the biological age in the mid-1950s to the present. By exploring the science of cancer and stem cells, new therapies, and drugs, the author makes Cancerland more habitable and reveals that progress toward a cure is real.

Read this book to improve your understanding of cancer biology.

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Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Cancer

Secondary Genre: STUDY AIDS / Study Guides

Language: English

Keywords: Cancer, AIDS, HIV, autoimmunity, chemotherapy, bone marrow, stem cell

Word Count: 12,500

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The era of molecular biology began in 1953 when James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the molecular structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). They found that a DNA molecule consisted of two complementary strands twisted around each other like a double helix. They suggested the structure allowed the DNA molecules to replicate and repair themselves. 
DNA stores the information for making proteins. Each specific type of protein leads to a specific type of body design. When a gene is damaged, the DNA uses the complementary strand as a guide to repairing itself. 

When a cell divides, it is important that the daughter cells receive an identical copy of the DNA. The DNA molecule replicates itself before a cell divides. During replication, the double-helix DNA molecule separates into two single helices. These two single helices then turn into two identical double-helix DNA molecules by completing their complementary strands. 
Solving the structure of DNA was one of the great scientific achievements of the century. It has transformed biology into a dynamic experimental science that defines how our body functions so that we can develop new therapies for diseases.

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