HEALTH & MEDICINE

The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery

Harper Wave. Nov. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780062894007. $27.99. MED
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In this latest work, physician Fung leads readers on an enticing path through the history of cancer research and explains the biological processes of the cancer cell’s backward evolution to ensure its survival. With the patience and methodology of a well-versed professor, Fung intertwines medical terminology with everyday examples, widening his audience scope and educating all interested parties. His desire to inform and answer complex questions in an accessible manner comes through in his method and prose. Through descriptive examples of seeds in soil (genetics and environment), Fung developmentally explores the three phases of cancer: transformation, progression, and mutation. He also answers questions as to the root causes of cancer; why the approach to treatment is so complex; and, more important, why after billions has been invested in cancer research, it is still a fatal disease. True to his specialty in dietary management, Fung also addresses the nutritional aspects related to cancer prevention and treatment. Illustrations and charts throughout help explain medical terms in accessible language.
VERDICT As Fung’s previous books, The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code, have been popular with a variety of patrons, this recent exploration of an important subject has the same potential.

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