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There are two major themes of the book and a piece of literary work related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The first major theme of the book is trusting the right people to take care of you The second major theme is that family is inseparable during times of hardship Another literary work or book related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta lacks is The Emperor of All Maladies Loretta Pleasant also known as Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer after giving birth to her fifth child Henrietta asked her cousins to feel her belly to see if they felt the lump inside her Her cousins assumed she was pregnant She started bleeding abnormally and profusely Her local doctor tested her for syphilis which came back negative so they referred her to John Hopkins Hospital John Hopkins was the only hospital that treated black patients at the time Her new doctor Dr Howard Jones examined Henrietta and the lump in her cervix He had cut off a small piece of her tumor and sent to the lab to be tested After the tumor had been tested Dr Howard Jones discovered she had malignant epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix Stage 1which was cervical cancer Henrietta would be treated with radium tube inserts which were sewn in place After several days with the tubes inside her she would be sent to with instructions to return for an X-Ray treatment as a follow up She had two samples of her cervix removed a healthy part and a cancerous part without her permission The cell samples were sent to Dr George Otto Gey The cells would eventually become the Hela immortal cell line Henrietta was in pain and wasnt showing any improvement from the treatment She returned to John Hopkins on August 8th for a treatment session but asked to be admitted to the hospital She remained there until the day of her death Although she
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