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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: The goal of this book is to describe the gamut of procedures and problems treated by a new specialist, the interventional oncologist, and by so doing help to define this new field. The book begins with principles of oncology and then progresses into principles of image-guided therapies. The bulk of the book deals with approaches to specific tumors. The amount of text allocated to various tumors and sites reflects current and probable immediately forthcoming uses; thus a large portion of the book is devoted to liver and kidney, where such interventions are well established. The book concludes with a section on special techniques, including palliative interventions.
Purpose: It attempts to span and thereby define the emerging intersection of interventional radiology with oncology. This is a worthy objective and the book fulfills it ably for those areas that it covers. The editors are interventional radiologists; thus the material is perhaps slightly slanted. As a surgical oncologist, I was surprised to find so little about image-guided therapy in the central nervous system or breast, for example, areas where such techniques are clearly being used or are emerging.
Audience: Practitioners in the field — radiologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists are the intended audience. They will find it a useful reference.
Features: The book is particularly strong in coverage of techniques useful in management of hepatobiliary malignancies and renal tumors. The chapter on palliative care is excellent. I would have wished for more treatment of CNS and breast malignancies.
Assessment: This is a unique and interesting book. It will be of greatest interest to radiologists, particularly those in training. Surgical and medical oncologists, as well as radiation oncologists, will find it of interest, but it will not replace specialized books in these fields.