This hour-long independently-produced radio documentary is the autobiographical account of a cancer patient. National Public Radio health reporter Rebecca Perl is blunt and compelling as she records her treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After chemotherapy and radiation have failed, she plunges into the rigors of a bone marrow transplant. All the more startling because Perl’s voice and the sounds of the hospital are so stark, this is a diary full of the reporter’s medical expertise and emotional responses. It is an illuminating report on cancer and the ravages of the most radical treatment. Because of the reporter’s wry insight, the documentary is well-suited to the series in which it aired—“This American Life” distributed by Public Radio International.

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