In 1986, twenty-three men and women, linked by their shared experiences surviving cancer, came together for a weekend in Albuquerque determined to demolish the myths surrounding the disease. The creation of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) that weekend began a cancer survivorship movement that changed the definition of what it means to be a “survivor,” declaring it begins at diagnosis--because that’s when you begin surviving the disease. The movement has changed the public image of cancer survivors in America, whose numbers now stand in the millions.

From Shadows to Life, is the story of the war on cancer, the cancer survivorship movement, and its impact on modern cancer care.

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