The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of Henrietta, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, aided by journalist Rebecca Skloot. Deborah wanted to learn about her mother, and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. It is a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest people. There had been many books published about Henrietta’s cells, but nothing about Henrietta’s personality, experiences, feeling, life style etc.
Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer at John Hopkins Hospital. Her doctor collected cancerous cells and healthy cells from her cervix and gave them to the cancer researcher, George Otto Gey, who was trying to keep cells alive for more than a couple days. Henrietta endured intense radium treatments, but she still died at the age of 31, leaving her husband and five children behind. An amazing discovery was made Henrietta’s cell were immortal. Racism is prevalent in this book through the limited availability of healthcare, unethical behaviors of the doctors, and how racism affected her family.
This makes it hard to know when you first became infected. Due to this rising threat and issue, scientists from Cleveland Clinics improvised a new medical innovation which may help women get rid of and be protected against the chance of developing cervical cancers. This is the self-administered HPV Tests. However, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care ( IQWiG, Germany) analyzed studies that looked into the benefits of HPV tests in cervical cancer screening. They were particularly interested in whether HPV tests can help to detect major changes in mucous membrane cells (called high-grade dysplasia) earlier, whether this leads to an improvement in treatment and whether fewer women get cervical cancer and die as a result.
Introduction The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells. When Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer her cells were taken without her consent. These cells, unlike most cells, did not die in culture. Over the years, they have been constantly replicating and are used in experiments all over the world. These cells are known as HeLa.
There have been several examples where detrimental actions have been taken by fortunate people to accomplish their goals. Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman, living in the early 1900s in eastern United States. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 31, on January 29, 1951. The doctors prescribed her treatment plan as several Radium sessions and an initial surgery to help extirpate the tumor from her body. However, in her first surgery, without obtaining consent, the doctors extracted more than just her tumor.
The story, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, explores the true story of a woman named Deborah and her journey to discover more information about her mother and what her cells did for humanity. Deborah’s mother, Henrietta, died of cancer and her cells, which were attained by inhumane means, contributed greatly to the scientific study of curing other diseases. Although, Henrietta’s death also had a great impact on Deborah due to the fact that Deborah had to face certain difficult situations. With her passing, Deborah was forced to live with a cousin of her mother, who abused her and had a husband who also verbally and sexually mistreated her. The abuse is prominently shown when Galen, the husband, screams at Henrietta, “Get back here till I finish with you, Dale!
Physical Assessment: Objective Data To determine that a patient may be at risk for breast cancer, conducting a physical assessment before any other diagnostics tests is vital. The nurse would be able to collect all the necessary data and findings to formulate a nursing diagnosis to refer to the appropriate health care professionals. As per the physical assessment of the breasts, the nurse will conduct inspection and palpation of the breasts and axillae of the patient to determine if there are any abnormal findings that may pose as manifestations of breast cancer. Note: There is no auscultation step of the physical breast examination. The nurse will first start inspecting the breasts.
I Cha Riza Horton, select My mother, Rosalind Rainwater, to carry the title of a strong black woman. Her parents were both murder during the time she attended high school. She returned home from school one day to find her mother lying dead on the floor in a pool of blood. Leaving her to care for herself and her younger brother, after graduating high school and earning her college degree, she married and had three children with her first husband. in 1985 upon being diagnosed with a chronic illness, she also learned she’s pregnant as well with the child of her second husband.
The results came back. My eleven year old sister, my Riley had juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. This is a rare type of childhood brain cancer. My gorgeous little sister with long brown hair, and beautiful blue eyes that anyone can get lost in might not have children, get married, or even wake up tomorrow morning. My mother and I started noticing that she was having trouble walking, seeing and she was throwing up.
When Jeannie was four years old, she was diagnosed with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva by the Mayo Clinic (TGWTB). Because this is one of the rarest diseases in the world, this name didn’t really mean anything to Jeannie’s mom. Having this disorder would cause Jeannie to grow a extra skeleton outside of her own skeleton. This would cause Peeper to become immobile and need life long care and in some cases an early death. The doctors at the Mayo clinic didn’t tell the Peepers this.
In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot presents study cases, such as the study of vaccines and the polio vaccine to prove that HeLa cells have benefitted science for the greater good. The benefits of HeLa cells are shown when the Polio and HPV vaccine is talked about. The polio vaccine benefitted the human race by saving lives and impacted science by progressing further studies. Further studies included the HPV vaccine which gave scientists a vast knowledge on how cancer forms and how it is inserts insert into DNA. It is later proven that the study of Virology is the cause of scientists advanced experimentation with cancer and expanded their boarders with the topic.
It took the Author Rebecca Skloot approximately 10 years to reveal the truth behind the HeLa cells, stolen by doctors and Scientists from a woman, Henrietta Lacks, in 1951. Skloot exposes how Doctors and scientist took advantage of Henrietta Lacks and her cells known as HeLa cells. Even after Henrietta death the neither doctors nor scientists told anyone about Henrietta cells, they were experimented, sold, and bought by many others. African0 Americans were kept in the dark, in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Skloot managed to explain the unethical situations towards the African Americans. The Hospital John Hopkins named after its founder, John Hopkins, was built in 1889 as a charity Hospital for those with financial issues or discrimination.