- Some informative readings on cancer
do cancer genes work? A highly accessible, well-written essay by
Jim Thomas explains the ins and out of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes
by using a well-chosen analogy to an automobile. Even those with little
scientific background will come away with a basic understanding of cancer
genes after reading this.
for cancer. "Understanding Gene Testing" is a joint effort
of the National Cancer Institute and
the National Center for Human Genome
Research. This online publication is geared toward the general public
and provides basic, up-to-date information about genetic testing for cancer
as well as a discussion of testing's risks and benefits.
on prostate cancer. In Fortune magazine (May 96), Intel CEO Andy
Grove tells the story of what he did when he discovered he had prostate
cancer--how he navigated through the worlds of medical journals, second
opinions, and conflicting scientific studies and ultimately made his own
informed decisions. Well-written and inspiring, this account is an example
of how a person with no medical background can educate himself and make
his own life-impacting decisions. In an accompanying article, "Still
Waiting, Watchfully", another man tells how he reached a very different
conclusion from Grove and chose an unorthodox approach to dealing with his
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