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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Therese A Dolecek, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health)
Description: This is a comprehensive account of cancer control, a concept that in recent years has been driving major initiatives in most developed countries. The editors note, "Cancer control aims to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer, and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer, through an integrated and coordinated approach directed to primary prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation."
Purpose: The book addresses the need for an integrated and understandable overview of the spectrum of topics that constitute the evolving area known as cancer control. Given that cancer ranks high in morbidity and mortality, especially but not exclusively in developed countries, the objectives are very worthwhile. Indeed, the book is successful in accomplishing those objectives.
Audience: This is appropriate for faculty and students in health-related academic settings as well as administrators and healthcare professionals involved in the many aspects of work associated with cancer. The editors and chapter authors are all experienced through either their affiliations with departments in academic institutions or positions in highly recognized cancer agencies.
Features: Overarching cancer control areas include cancer burden descriptions, elements of cancer prevention, screening and early detection, bridging science and practice, patient-level treatment and quality of life issues, and integration of cancer control in various populations. The discussion of cancer control program models currently being implemented in various countries is very informative, especially for those contemplating or developing their own programs.
Assessment: The editors' goal was to produce a book that includes all of the currently recognized components of cancer control in a single source. At present, such information is only found in separate chapters in publications or articles focusing on cancer control aspects of specific areas such as cancer prevention or early detection. With the completion of this extremely ambitious endeavor, the editors have succeeded in producing a consolidated resource to understand and address the many important issues associated with cancer control.