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Quest for the Cure

Reflections on the Evolution of Breast Cancer Treatment

This original fourteen chapter book is a brief, slightly autobiographic tale of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and breast cancer patients in a well-established cancer center in Texas, who pursued the goal of cure for breast cancer. The evolution of improved outcomes in the treatment of microscopic metastatic breast cancer is also the story of the development of adjuvant chemotherapy for post-operative breast disease. The adjuvant therapy of breast cancer came about with the realization that this malignancy, when diagnosed in most patients, had spread beyond the confines of the primary cancer.


Cancer researchers, oncologists, and cancer patient advocates

Paperback, 108 Pages

Published: October 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-420153-8


  • "In Texas, and perhaps in all the world, there are few cancer specialists as

    widely regarded as Dr. George Blumenschein. Dr. Blumenschein worked

    tirelessly to save my sister, Suzy, from this devastating disease. He brought

    the same dedication to my breast cancer treatment several years later. His

    book is important reading for anyone interested in understanding the sea of

    change in breast cancer treatment over the past few decades, made possible

    in part by one doctor’s vision and advocacy for people with this disease."

    -Nancy G. Brinker, Founder, Susan G. Komen


    "An authoritative, accurate, entertaining, and up-to-date summary of the

    battle against breast cancer, from a leader in the development of our current

    ability to control the disease. While Dr. Blumenschein is able to present the

    clinical science, in an understandable way, he maintains the human element

    with patient anecdotes, which he presents alongside the science."

    -Emil J Freireich, M.D., D.Sc.(Hon.), Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director, Special

    Medical Education Programs Director, Adult Leukemia Research Program, The University of

    Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center




    Foreword - by Joni Rodgers


    Chapter 1 - Anatomy of an Oncologist

    Case Study - Janet - Highly Sensitive Measurable Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Case Study - Susan - Importance of Axillary Node Involvement

    Chapter 2 - Milestones along the Road to the Cure

    Case Study - Sara - Liver Metastases

    Chapter 3 - The Evolving Goal of Cure and Inflammatory Breast Cancer

    Case Study - Martha - The Texas Challenge

    Chapter 4 - Adjuvant Therapy Advances

    Case Study - Joy - Stage IV NED as a Testing Ground for Adjuvant Therapy

    Case Study - Carol - Metastasis to Cervical Vertebra

    Case Study - Amy - Academia vs. Efficacy

    Chapter 5 - Marching Forward

    Case Study - Beatta - Second Guessing the System

    Case Study - Lisa - The Patient of the Future

    Conclusion - Where Do We Stand in the Quest for the Cure?


    Milestones in Adjuvant Therapy

    Breast Cancer Stages

    Abbreviation Glossary


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