edited by Rikke Sand Andersen and Marie Louise Tørring
contributions by Benedikte Møller Kristensen, Lenore Manderson, Rikke Sand Andersen, Stine Hauberg Nielsen, Michal Frumer, Sara Marie Hebsgaard Offersen, Camilla Hoffmann Merrild, Rikke Aarhus and Marie Louise Tørring
Rutgers University Press, 2023
eISBN: 978-1-9788-2686-1 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-2685-4 | Paper: 978-1-9788-2684-7
Library of Congress Classification RC263
Dewey Decimal Classification 616.994

Cancer Entangled explores the shifts that took place in Denmark around the millennium, when health promoters set out to minimize delays in cancer diagnoses in hope of improving cancer survival. The authors suggest a temporal reframing of cancer control that emphasizes the importance of focusing on how people – potential patients as well as health care professionals – experience and anticipate cancer before a diagnosis or a prediction has been made. This argument compellingly challenges and augments anthropological work on cancer control that has privileged attention to the productive role of science and technology and to life with cancer or cancer risk. By offering rich ethnographic insights into the introduction of the first cancer vaccine, cancer signs and symptoms, public discourses on delays, social class and care seeking, cancer suspicion in the clinic, as well as the work on fast-track referral – the book convincingly situates cancer control in an ethical registrar involving attention to acceleration and time, showing how cancer waiting times become an index of the "state of the nation".