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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Servan-Schreiber Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I knew the prognosis. Sooner or later, it would come back. I could slow down the inevitable; I could gain a few years. But there was nothing I could do to make this cancer disappear forever. So this was it. This was the relapse. The Big One.

Nineteen years after his original diagnosis, having taken up a worldwide mission toward hope and alternatives for those with cancer, David Servan-Schreiber submits to an emergency MRI that confirms his greatest fear: the brain cancer has returned. Here he shares his coming to terms with the news and, with courage and candor, examines his life from the point of view of one who understands that his illness is terminal. As the author of and spokesman for the Anticancer program, a doctor who has given hope to millions of readers and patients, David frankly acknowledges the challenges of adopting a fully “anticancer” lifestyle in today’s world and weighs the choices involved in doing so. Weaving in the stories of a number of clinical cases, he reaffirms the program that enhanced and extended his life and the lives of so many others.  From nutrition and exercise to rest and meditation, the protocol he followed allowed him to live to the fullest for two decades beyond medical expectation. 

The story he tells raises many of the most complex and personal questions about how we choose to live and how we prepare for death, striking a delicate balance between the limits of medicine and the hope that sustains us as we confront them. It is powerful, honest, and truly inspiring.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book of dignity, sincerity, and breathtaking beauty…In this often joyous account, David Servan-Schreiber helps us look at death and prepare ourselves to die well. It’s a very powerful read that inspires deep appreciation.”

    Le Point

  • “Each word rings true, each memory lingers, each detail of his life…brings us closer to the human condition. This book is a gift.”


  • “A book that is as lucid as it is personal…Brave, bright, committed.”

    Le Temps (Geneva)

  • “With poignant simplicity and heartbreaking humility, recently deceased psychiatrist Servan-Schreiber recounts the events of the year preceding his final battle with brain cancer…A profoundly human book that touches readers with a rare and healing candor.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sharon Peters | 11/25/2013

    " This book made me curious about David's book called Anticancer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 9/20/2013

    " The author is facing death as he has embraced life: fully and without fear. This is like the little manual on how to live better to die better. Very inspiring, brave and honest, and loving. I feel we lost someone really important...will read "Anticancer". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jean Vaughn | 11/12/2012

    " Definitely not the book for everyone. If you are at the point in your life where you know you have to start treating each day and moment as precious and walk side by side with the reality of our eventual demise then this book is a great comfort. "

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About the Author
Author David Servan-Schreiber

David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD (1961–2011), was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and cofounder of the Center for Integrative Medicine. He codirected a laboratory at the National Institute of Health for the study of clinical cognitive neuroscience and published more than ninety articles in scientific journals. His last book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life, became a New York Times bestseller and was translated into more than forty languages. Following a yearlong battle with a relapse of brain cancer, he died in July 2011.