Author: Azra Raza
The First Cell is a world-class oncologist’s devastating and deeply personal examination of cancer.
In The First Cell, Azra Raza, an oncologist at Columbia University, “offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must,” said a review in goodreads.com.
“A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: Medical, scientific, cultural, and personal,” said the review.
“Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her own husband’s oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia,” it added.
Cancer has impacted everyone on this planet in some way, and this book “offers hope while also reflecting how medicine needs to reevaluate how it tackles this disease. Through this book, it is clear that the author deeply cares about her patients,” said the review.
Raza quotes research that in the US, over 14 years, “42.4 percent of the 9.5 million cancer cases had lost all of their life savings within two-plus years.”