A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles

A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

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ISBN10: 1426216335 ISBN13: 9781426216336 Publisher: Natl Geographic Society Published: Apr 26 2016 Pages: 304 Weight: 1.05lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.25" Language: English

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A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death--and be restored to life.

After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma--a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer--journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own--with very different results. Williams's experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science--and the healing power of human connection.
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