For several decades now, a cabal of cancer specialists, cancer
societies and research centres has successfully nursed and
sustained public fears about cancer. The search for cancer cures
is linked with so much business, profit and commerce that
responsible journals are known to cure cancer every week even
while cancer research in turn discovers newer and newer cancer-
causing agents everyday: the list of cancerogens now stretches
from smoking to sex and sunshine.
The first to prick this bubble of deceit were two brilliant professors
of anatomy, Manu Kothari and Lopa Mehta, from Mumbai. Their
iconoclastic discoveries, first published in 1973 in their 900 page
work, The Nature of Cancer, are now available in a condensed
form in the present book.
The Other Face of Cancer is bound to raise the hackles of those
who profit from the continuing ignorance and hysteria over the
disease. But with Nobel laureates like J.D. Watson and M. Burnet
having openly spoken out against cancer research as being
"scientifically bankrupt, therapeutically ineffective, and waste-
ful", it is about time, the truth is told.
This book challenges the reader to re-evaluate long-held notions
about cancer. The authors hold that cancer is not necessarily a
"killer disease" and insist that often the best treatment for a
cancerous condition may be to not treat it at all. With a new
update written especially for this 2009 edition, The Other Face of
Cancer will provide wholesome guidance for all those who
despair of the deadly toll that conventional cancer therapies
(particularly chemotherapy and radiation) exact, and who wish to
take their destinies more firmly in their hands.
The 3% millennium is turning out to be an extravaganza of
techno-possibilities - space-travel, cosmic pictures, supercomputers,
stem-cells, nano/picobiotechniques, and so on. It is natural that a
person on the street would hope for a breakthrough here and there
whereby cancer/coronary/stroke/etc. can be a thing of the past. It is
the unending hope of people and the promise from medical
establishments that keep on oiling and moving the wheels of medical
reporting and research.
Keeping the above world-mood in mind, the new edition of The Other
Face of Cancer ends with a very detailed survey of the global scene
and some critical evaluation thereof. We have chosen to respect the
trivum-among-trivia of medicalese and journalese, and given each
piece due scientific consideration. It is chastising to realize that the
humble cancer cell and the cordial coronary artery continue their
biological behaviour regardless of medical optimism and adventurism.
We have gone a shade beyond the merely medical into matters that
inexorably dominate day-to-day doctor-patient dealings. The attempt
is neither to be for, nor against anything or anybody, but to evolve
due regard for many a clear writing on the wall. The practicable
comprehension of cancer is every common person's right, for
essentially it is beyond the palliative powers of modern medicine, no
matter how sophisticated and in which rich country.
We thank all the readers of The Other Face of Cancer, whose input
has helped us hone our thinking. Hemant Bhalani is an evergreen
picture of enthusiasm, encouragement, and cooperation. The
sleekness of this publication is all due to his insight and efforts.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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