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Editorial Reviews

William J. Gradishar
This is a comprehensive book providing an in-depth overview of the biology and clinical aspects of disease related to the field of medical oncology. The third edition is a complete rewrite of the second edition published in 1982. The new edition has the added expertise of several new editors who are leaders in the field, and has attracted an entirely new group of expert contributing authors. The result is a complete up-to-date reference. The stated purpose of the text is to describe the scientific foundations from which cancer medicine is derived and to describe, in detail, the principles underlying the management of clinical aspects of malignant disease (e.g., diagnosis, treatment, complications). The text has a very broad potential audience. It would be an appropriate reference for students, residents, nurses, general physicians and subspecialists in the field of oncology. Basic scientists may find it useful as an overview of clinical aspects of specific diseases. The text is divided into sections (i.e., biology, immunology, etiology, epidemiology, principles of treatment, etc.). Each section is then subdivided into chapters written by leading experts who deal with specific topics related to the broader section topic. (e.g., I. Cancer Biology: 1. Cell Proliferation and Differentiation 2. Molecular Biology 3. Growth Factors, etc.). The sections of the text dealing with specific diseases are similarly organized. In general the chapters are well written and the references are up-to-date (1992). Certain chapters, though well written, offer the clear bias of the author (i.e., breast cancer) and the contribution of others in the field, primarily by exclusion. The table of contents and indexallow for easy access to desired information. As with all multiauthored books, there is some variability in the quality of individual chapters, but taken as a whole, this book is an excellent reference that achieves its desired goals. It should be part of medical libraries and the personal libraries of physicians caring for cancer patients.
Booknews
Contains 191 papers contributed primarily by surgical, radiation, and medical oncologists to assure a multidisciplinary approach to each disease. Gynecologic, urologic, orthopedic, and otolaryngologic surgical oncologists have contributed in their specialty areas. Psycho-oncology, nursing oncology, and rehabilitation medicine are all represented, and pathology and the imaging specialties are specifically included as individual contributions and as parts of the chapters on various diseases. Volume one begins with the biology, etiology, and epidemiology of cancer, then covers the principles of imaging, endocrine and gene therapy, chemotherapy, and each oncologic discipline. Volume two presents specific neoplasms and complications. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Booknews
A comprehensive and authoritative treatise on cancer in all of its aspects--from causation and the molecular biological understanding of the nature of cancer, through the principles that underlie all the disciplines necessary for effective diagnosis and treatment, together with a detailed description of all the types of clinical cancer. The present edition (second, 1982) is entirely new. The editorship has been tripled (to six) and the contributors increased to 306 to better cover the much broader scientific and clinical aspects of modern oncology. A demo CD-ROM of the STAT!-Reference Oncology Library, which now contains Cancer Medicine, is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Chadi Nabhan, MD (Northwestern University )
Description: This hematology and oncology textbook provides a thorough review of the well known facts as well as the recent advances in different hematologic and solid organ malignancies.
Purpose: This is a well organized, clearly written, and easy-to-read textbook. The authors use visual aids, including tables, radiographs, and figures, to efficiently supplement the text. They establish this book as a reference for background information about the rapidly developing therapies aimed at the treatment of cancer. In each chapter, however, there is an expanded discussion about the etiology, risk factors, and known epidemiological data for each disease.
Audience: It is geared towards both basic scientists and clinically oriented healthcare providers. It nicely blends the core scientific principles with their clinical applications.
Features: The book covers the broad spectrum of therapies being incorporated into the management of cancer patients. It highlights the principles of our current understanding of cancer biology and of using the body's immune system in the battle against malignancies. The text specifically details the topics of cancer prevention, principles of imaging techniques in cancer patients, the use of monoclonal antibodies, and the future of antitumor vaccines. It also discusses certain pertinent features of radiation and surgical oncology that are crucial and integral parts of medical oncology practice. Perhaps expanding the discussion on biotherapeutics agents would have been more favorable, as these agents represent the future of cancer therapy. However, the most attractive aspect of this text is the orderly presentation of the background relating to the basic science principles followed by their application to patients in clinical trials. In each chapter this usually leads to therapeutic agents, old and new, used in each disease, with an easy to read rationale for the use of these therapies. This book encompasses excellent reviews and up-to-date information on the medical complications of cancer therapy. The authors provide detailed references to allow expanded reading for interested individuals.
Assessment: Given the persistent and continued advances in this rapidly expanding field, this book provides relevant and valuable discussions that enhance our understanding. The current edition of this text is an excellent asset for any medical library and is highly recommended for researchers and healthcare providers.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Chadi Nabhan, MD (Northwestern University )
Description: This hematology and oncology textbook provides a thorough review of the well known facts as well as the recent advances in different hematologic and solid organ malignancies.
Purpose: This is a well organized, clearly written, and easy-to-read textbook. The authors use visual aids, including tables, radiographs, and figures, to efficiently supplement the text. They establish this book as a reference for background information about the rapidly developing therapies aimed at the treatment of cancer. In each chapter, however, there is an expanded discussion about the etiology, risk factors, and known epidemiological data for each disease.
Audience: It is geared towards both basic scientists and clinically oriented healthcare providers. It nicely blends the core scientific principles with their clinical applications.
Features: The book covers the broad spectrum of therapies being incorporated into the management of cancer patients. It highlights the principles of our current understanding of cancer biology and of using the body's immune system in the battle against malignancies. The text specifically details the topics of cancer prevention, principles of imaging techniques in cancer patients, the use of monoclonal antibodies, and the future of antitumor vaccines. It also discusses certain pertinent features of radiation and surgical oncology that are crucial and integral parts of medical oncology practice. Perhaps expanding the discussion on biotherapeutics agents would have been more favorable, as these agents represent the future of cancer therapy. However, the most attractive aspect of this text is the orderly presentation of the background relating to the basic science principles followed by their application to patients in clinical trials. In each chapter this usually leads to therapeutic agents, old and new, used in each disease, with an easy to read rationale for the use of these therapies. This book encompasses excellent reviews and up-to-date information on the medical complications of cancer therapy. The authors provide detailed references to allow expanded reading for interested individuals.
Assessment: Given the persistent and continued advances in this rapidly expanding field, this book provides relevant and valuable discussions that enhance our understanding. The current edition of this text is an excellent asset for any medical library and is highly recommended for researchers and healthcare providers.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812114225
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 2502

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