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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Neal W Wilkinson, MD (Kalispell Regional Medical Center)
Description: The authors explore in detail the wide variety of procedures in the emerging field of interventional oncology, with a focus on indications, complications, and results. To my knowledge, this is the only book devoted solely to this field.
Purpose: Historically, oncology has been classified as either a surgical, medical, or radiation field. In recent years, a new field of minimally invasive percutaneous and endoscopic treatments has evolved. Interventional radiologists have assumed many of these roles, moving away from more typical roles in vascular, trauma, and venous access. The authors comprehensively cover the new field of "interventional oncology."
Audience: This is perfect as a single source of information for clinical interventional radiologists wanting more specific details on novel techniques and new indications. The busy medical, radiation, and surgical oncology services also will find the book a helpful source of technical detail, new indications, and limitations. Chapters dedicated to liver, kidney, lung, and bone may interest a wider audience.
Features: The book covers a wide variety of topics, but focuses on what interventional oncologists have to offer cancer patients. Technical chapters cover embolization and ablation, followed by chapters that delve into the specifics of each organ and cancer type: liver, kidney, lung, bone, and others. Each of these topics is well developed. However, the book omits some areas such as percutaneous transhepatic access, stenting, and therapeutics.
Assessment: This book fills a void. Interventional radiologists who devote time and effort to caring for cancer patients will find the recognition of this newly designated field rewarding. Clinicians who deal with radiologists will learn specifics about the field that are often elusive.