Cancer as Silent Killer in 'Memoir of a Debulked Woman'

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Susan Gubar, author of 'Memoir of a Debulked Woman' Susan Gubar, author of 'Memoir of a Debulked Woman' (Donald Gray)

Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer. Most women don’t receive a diagnosis until the disease has spread and the chances for survival have dwindled. Unlike breast cancer, the chances for long-term survival with ovarian cancer have hardly improved since the 1970s.

The available treatments are extraordinarily painful, as Dr. Vivian Bearing, the main character in Margaret Edson’s play "Wit," explains: "I am in isolation because I am being treated for cancer," she says. "My treatment imperils my health. Herein lies the paradox." 

Like Vivian Bearing, Susan Gubar is a professor of English coping with ovarian cancer. Yet Professor Gubar's story of diagnosis and treatment is quite different from the one Margaret Edsons chronicles in "Wit." Susan's new book is called "Memoir of a Debulked Woman."

You can read an excerpt on our blog.


Susan Gubar

Produced by:

Leo Duran and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]


What a remarkably sensitive, intelligent interview by John Hockenberry. Equal, as it were, to the high quality of his guest. Brilliant, by both the questioner and the answerer. An amazing, enlightening, conversation that one felt privileged just to hear it.

John Hockenberry is such an immensely talented interviewer, that The Takeaway's other failings in things like political balance can't be mere accidents.

May. 15 2012 11:34 AM

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