The New Optimists: Challenging Cancer
Like many millions, I had a medic tell me I had a cancer. Scary, even though I knew the errant cells in my body were highly unlikely to be life-threatening. Like most of those millions, I've lived to tell the tale. And it's in no small measure because of the work of scientists, both boffins in the labs and the clinicians we patients meet.
Broadcaster and journalist Sue Beardsmore introduces ten of them, all working in the West Midlands, in this Kindle book, The New Optimists: Challenging Cancer to tell us why they're optimistic about future cancer treatments. As editor, I can tell you it's an inspiring read.
Nine of the scientists in this Kindle collection appeared in the hardcopy book The New Optimists which we published last year. The tenth is the boss of the University of Birmingham's College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Professor Lawrence Young.
I've written about some of these scientists before. Paul Moss, for example, who kicks off this Kindle collection as he does the hardcopy book with his assertion that cancer will be controlled within a generation. Chemistry boffin Professor Peter Sadler too featured in an earlier blogpost.
Add in QE surgeon Professor Derek Alderson, Director of the Blood & Marrow Transplant Unit at the QE Professor Charlie Craddock, Power50 oncologist (and keen yachtsman) Professor Nick James, Director of the UK Clinical Trials Unit Professor Paul Johnson, pharmacologist Roger McFadden, structural biologist man Professor Michael Overduin, expert in children's brain tumours and Dr Andrew Peet -- there's a video clip of him talking about his work on this link.
All in all, ten reasons to be cheerful even when -- especially when faced with a scary diagnosis. Plus, any surpluses from the sale of this £2.99 Kindle book will go to further the work of scientists here in the region.