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In nine clear and concise lectures focusing on ten of the most common cancers, this book explains the basics of cancer: what it is, what it does, and what is being done to try to cure it. Using his trademark style of every-day example, metaphor, anecdote and humor, Dr. Sompayrac conveys — step-by-step — the essentials of what we know about human malignancies, what conditions and events are necessary for tumors to form and grow, and what has been learned about stopping that process.
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Reviewer: Michele Lynn Thomas, RN (Union Hospital)
Description: This book discusses what causes cancer, how it affects patients, and the treatments. The author presents the information in terms that even a nonmedical reader could understand.
Purpose: The book gives an overview of cancer, then discusses nine "model" cancers to show how cancer works. The book is useful because it explains cancer in the simplest terms and the author meets her objectives.
Audience: It is written for healthcare professionals in the field of oncology, students, and can be understood by laypersons. The author knows how to format the information to maximize understanding.
Features: After an overview of cancer, the author goes through several types of cancer and explains causes, effects, and treatment for each type. The author gives good illustrations of how mutations occur. The drawings reinforce the information. However, some of the information on chromosomes could have been simplified.
Assessment: The book would be useful for a new nurse entering the field, a patient, or family member of a patient diagnosed with cancer as well as any reader who wants to learn more about cancer and its effects.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763718213
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 8.59 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book 1
Lecture 1 An Overview 3
Lecture 2 Leukemia 9
Lecture 3 Lymphoma 25
Lecture 4 Breast and Prostate Cancer 35
Lecture 5 Lung and Skin Cancer 51
Lecture 6 Colon Cancer 63
Lecture 7 Cancer of the Cervix and the Liver 75
Lecture 8 Cancer and the Immune System 85
Lecture 9 Cancer in the Future 93
Glossary 103
Index 105
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