• Has anyone read "One Renegade Cell"? Interesting read about how cancer starts.

    Asked by attypatty on Monday, January 16, 2012

    Has anyone read "One Renegade Cell"? Interesting read about how cancer starts.

    For me, it abolished any thoughts that something I did may have "caused" my cancer. It helped lead me to acceptance.

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    • joyce's Avatar

      I haven't read it. I assume it's a book? Do you know the author? My husband has pancreatic cancer and struggles with trying to figure out why he got it since he has lived a healthy life style.

      almost 5 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Yes, it's a book by Robert A. Weinberg, a leading cancer researcher. You can get it on Amazon - here's a link to find it:

      Another great book on cancer research is The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It's a much longer read but worth it.

      Both books give essentially the same message - no one knows how cancer begins or what causes some people to develop the disease while others don't, since we all have cancer cells in our bodies (according to the theories). But it all starts with one cancer cell, just one.

      I understand your husband's struggle since I, too, lived a healthy life style - non-smoker, healthy weight, good diet - but still I developed breast cancer. In all my readings I did find risk factors that may have contributed - late menopause, late pregnancy - but these are factors I could not control. The best thing for me in reading all the cancer research is to know that developing cancer is NOT MY FAULT. Feeling guilty about having cancer is one burden we must leave behind. Energy spent on trying to answer "Why?" is wasted when we have to focus on getting cured.

      I wish you and your husband the best - your support will help him more than anything. The wagon is easier to pull when you both pull together.

      almost 5 years ago

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