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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert B Den, MD (Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: Experts in the fields of genitourinary oncology who are academic leaders and well published in various aspects of prostate, bladder and upper tract, testicular, kidney, penile, and adrenal malignancies author this book. The chapters are independent units that provide a comprehensive review of the field with a focus on the most recent discoveries and controversies.
Purpose: The book presents the experience of the experts, with a focus on management of these malignancies. This thorough overview of the different treatment approaches to genitourinary oncology presents both the advantages and disadvantages.
Audience: The targeted audience includes both new trainees and veteran clinicians in urological, radiation, and medical oncology. In addition, the expert opinions are an invaluable resource for scientists and engineers interested in understanding the clinically relevant unanswered questions in the field. The authors present a fair and impartial review of the current literature.
Features: The book is divided into six sections focused on the various genitourinary malignancies. Each section follows a similar format: the first several chapters cover epidemiology, genetics, and molecular biology; the next few discuss diagnosis, staging, and prognosis; and the remaining majority of chapters detail the various treatment modalities for early, locally advanced, and metastatic disease. The illustrations and charts supplement and enhance the text. The book gives equal attention to surgical and nonsurgical approaches, which is a strength of this work given the controversies surrounding treatment, particularly for prostate cancer. A significant limitation is that the book does not mention the less common types of prostate cancer, specifically neuroendocrine or basal cell. There has been an increase in the scientific understanding of these distinct histopathologic types. There also have been tremendous advances in the treatment of metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer, and this section should be expanded in future edition.
Assessment: This is an excellent, well-written resource for readers interested in an in-depth overview of genitourinary oncology. The authors are leading experts in their fields and it is a privilege to get their insights and opinion. This book will provide medical students, residents, or experienced physicians with a working understanding of genitourinary oncology.