Announcing New “Reviews” Feature

Critical Reading of "Big Bird"

Critical Reading of "Big Bird"

Being Cancer’s primary purpose is to nurture and support the on-line community of cancer survivors and bloggers.  The Book Club is a feature designed to increase involvement of the community, as well as to give the blog a well-rounded appeal by offering a number of different resources.  But the design of the Book Club dictates that we only cover one book a month. And the Book List is not able to give much guidance and advice to the blog reader.

So as a corollary, I am starting a Reviews page.  This section will contain critical reviews of cancer-related books and other media.  This way I can  move ahead with reviews of other books by our own bloggers (several have sent me review copies) as well as recent and past cancer books. Most of the books will be personal narratives but I also see a need for reviews of books on healthcare politics, alternative and complimentary therapies, coping, etc.  I also plan to review other cancer-related media such as music and movies.

Note: I will not accept payment from publishers or their agents for reviews per se, although I will accept complimentary copies for reviewing purposes.  I do receive 4% commission of the purchase price of new or used materials ordered through my Amazon ads.  As always I look forward to any comments and suggestions that readers may have.  I hope to have some reviews up this week.


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.

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