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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kehinde Adekola, MBBS (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive, pocket-sized, concise book focusing on the diagnosis and therapeutic decision-making process in cancer management. It is an update of the 2009 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a current, much-needed concise resource with information on the bedside diagnosis, management, and therapeutic decision-making for cancer patients. These are important objectives and the authors have written a book that is easy to read and quickly review.
Audience: The audience includes hematology/oncology fellows, residents, and medical students. However, it is a great resource for practicing hematologists/oncologists, oncology nurses, and internists. The contributing authors are among the leading experts in hematology and medical oncology.
Features: The book highlights the key principles, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with cancer. It covers various hematological and solid cancers, and the complications of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Section IV, which focuses on a wide variety of complications, is especially helpful. Among the useful appendixes, I especially liked the one that outlined a cancer survival guide for women, which was written by a cancer patient.
Assessment: This is an excellent and concise resource for hematologists/oncologists and physicians in training. The size of the book is also a plus, making it easy to carry around. This edition is justified, as this is a field that is rapidly evolving.