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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In The Dogs of Cancer, author William Kenly gives the reader a personal glance into the experience of medullary thyroid cancer. He tells of learning about the cancer and then exploring the various treatments available. There are statistics of the prevalence of the disease as well as suggestions on treatment, based upon the severity and pervasiveness of the disease. Kenly describes his confusion about the disease and how he and his wife attempted to get information via multiple resources and then went "doctor-shopping." Coming to terms with a new definition of himself as a person with cancer was a big part of the journey for the author. The description of the thyroid mapping was explained in detail and there are sketches to accompany the author's experience during the procedure. Surgical and post-surgical sensations allow the reader a glimpse into the procedures essential to discovering the extent of potential damage.
There was an incredible amount of personal accounting in the book, such that those afraid to go through the procedure might find some sense of comfort in knowing what to expect. For those wanting to know more about the disease itself (medullary thyroid cancer or MTC), they may want to seek out additional sources. Perhaps the most helpful chapter to those actually going through the experience is the one about using humor to get through the ugliness of the procedures and recovery. The most poignant of the chapters was undoubtedly that of how those with MTC die. For those wanting just plain facts, the book may need to be supplemented, but for those wanting a personal, raw accounting of the experience itself, this just might be the book for you.