Journals Higher Education

$41.95

Hardcover

25 January 2007

368 Pages | 11 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195187762


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False Hope

Bone Marrow Transplantation for Breast Cancer

Richard A. Rettig, Peter D. Jacobson, Cynthia M. Farquhar, M.D., and Wade M. Aubry, M.D.

In the late 1980s, a promising new treatment for breast cancer emerged: high-dose chemotherapy with autologous bone marrow transplantation or HDC/ABMT. By the 1990s, it had burst upon the oncology scene and disseminated rapidly before having been carefully evaluated. By the time published studies showed that the procedure was ineffective, more than 30,000 women had received the treatment, shortening their lives and adding to their suffering. This book tells of the rise and demise of HDC/ABMT for metastatic and early stage breast cancer, and fully explores the story's implications, which go well beyond the immediate procedure, and beyond breast cancer, to how we in the United States evaluate other medical procedures, especially life-saving ones.

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