The Tumor

The Tumor


John Grisham says THE TUMOR is the most important book he has ever written. In this short book, he provides readers with a fictional account of how a real, new medical technology could revolutionize the future of medicine by curing with sound.

THE TUMOR follows the present day experience of the fictional patient Paul, an otherwise healthy 35-year-old father who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Grisham takes readers through a detailed account of Paul’s treatment and his family’s experience that doesn’t end as we would hope. Grisham then explores an alternate future, where Paul is diagnosed with the same brain tumor at the same age, but in the year 2025, when a treatment called focused ultrasound is able to extend his life expectancy.

Focused ultrasound has the potential to treat not just brain tumors, but many other disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, hypertension, and prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer.

For more information, you can visit The Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s website. Here you will find a video of Grisham on the TEDx stage with the Foundation’s chairman and a Parkinson’s patient who brings the audience to its feet sharing her incredible story of a focused ultrasound “miracle.”

Readers will get a taste of the narrative they expect from Grisham, but this short book will also educate and inspire people to be hopeful about the future of medical innovation.

Title:The Tumor
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:67 pages

    The Tumor Reviews

  • Alina

    This is clearly not a book, but propaganda for focused ultrasound.I don't deny the importance of knowing future treatments for tumors and other lethal disease, I just think this would belong better in...

  • Monnie

    This short "book" (67 pages) puts the spotlight on focused ultrasound, a medical treatment procedure involving "intersecting beams of high-frequency sound concentrated accurately and precisely on tiss...

  • Phyllis

    John Grisham says this is the most important book he has ever written. It is a short 67 page book you can read in less than an hour about a fictional character with a brain tumor but the real story be...

  • Matt

    In a break from his usually thrilling legal novels, Grisham dusts off his soap box and presents this piece on cancer and focused ultrasound treatment. The reader is introduced to Paul, a father of thr...

  • Wendy

    The TumorThis is the first time I have ever heard or read about this treatment. Everyone should know about this! What I want to know is why hasn't this been on the news or the newspaper before now? Th...

  • Book Concierge

    Grisham states that this short book (47 pages) may be the most important one he has written. Using a fictionalized patient history, he chronicles the potential advantages of treatment by Focused Ultra...

  • K

    Non-legal thriller? It seemed more like a hospital brochure to me. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for spreading awareness about innovations in the field of medicine - the technology that was described is...

  • ?Karen

    3.5 starsJohn Grisham said this is the most important book he's ever written. It details a new breakthrough technology for treating tumors and other conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. It ...

  • Richard Barber

    This is virtually impossible to review. The Tumor is not a piece of fiction in the usual meaning. I knew before I started the story that it was different and that the intention was to raise awareness ...

  • Mike French

    Very interesting account on the future of ultrasound technology!...