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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ramsis Farid Ghaly, MD, FACS (Ghaly Neurosurgical Associates)
Description: This book compiles the literature on the current best practices for the treatment of common brain tumors. It covers both conventional and new, innovative surgical and nonsurgical approaches, presenting a summary of the level of evidence and expert recommendations for each.
Purpose: It is intended as a guide to best practices in the treatment of brain tumors to help practitioners in the decision-making process. It summarizes the literature and presents recommendations, addressing the disputed topics and controversies.
Audience: The intended audience includes neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, and neurologists, and it is appropriate for neurosurgical trainees. The book is written by two well-known neurosurgical oncologists from John Hopkins, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa and Shaan M. Raza, with over 100 contributors from around the world.
Features: The book is organized into 15 sections based on tumor type and location, covering the controversies in treatment for each one, presenting a summary of the level of evidence and expert recommendations, empowering practitioners to choose the best approach for their patients. The timely examples in the book address issues such as radiosurgery for schwannoma, how aggressive treatment should be for skull base tumors, the extent of resection and adjuvant techniques in astrocytoma surgery, brain metastasis, resection, radiotherapy, and radiosurgery, adjuvant therapy for medulloblastoma, and treatment paradigms for pineal tumors. There are many intriguing controversies in neuro-oncology, among them the expanding role of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The book incorporates the newest approaches such as endoscopic minimally invasive brain surgery and local drug delivery in high-grade gliomas. The color illustrations and clinical examples are spectacular. Each topic is accompanied by an updated reference list.
Assessment: In a rapidly changing field with many new discoveries, a book such as this is very valuable. Practitioners could easily get overwhelmed by the hundreds of contradicting scientific articles, but this book summarizes the literature and equips them to choose the best approaches for their patients. This is a great addition to the patient care and scientific library.