Pediatric Radiation Oncology

Pediatric Radiation Oncology

by Edward C. Halperin, Louis S. Constine, Nancy J. Tarbell, Larry E. Kun
     
 

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Established since 1986 as the definitive text and reference on use of radiation therapy for childhood cancer, Pediatric Radiation Oncology is now in its thoroughly revised and updated Fifth Edition. This edition reviews all significant recent clinical trials—including, for the first time, significant European clinical trials—and provides

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Established since 1986 as the definitive text and reference on use of radiation therapy for childhood cancer, Pediatric Radiation Oncology is now in its thoroughly revised and updated Fifth Edition. This edition reviews all significant recent clinical trials—including, for the first time, significant European clinical trials—and provides increased coverage of international and Third World issues. The latest cancer staging guidelines are included. New chapters cover psychosocial aspects of radiotherapy for the child and family and medical management of pain, nausea, nutritional problems, and blood count depression in the child with cancer. This edition also has full-color illustrations throughout. A companion website includes the full text and an image bank.

Editorial Reviews

4 Stars! from Doody
M.H. Marymont
This is the second edition of an essential reference source for those individuals involved in the care of children with malignant disease; the first edition was published in 1991. It is a thorough yet concise volume that masterfully describes the breadth and depth of the role of radiation in pediatric cancer. Its purpose is to outline and detail how radiation is used in the treatment of pediatric malignancies; both the theory (rationale) and practical aspects are addressed, although this book is not intended to serve as technical reference. This text fills a previously long-standing void within radiation oncology. This text is intended for several different groups of practitioners: radiation oncology residents in training, attending physicians actively treating children, and pediatric oncology colleagues. It is a superb source of information, data, and references for residents, especially in preparation for board examinations. At the attending level, it is not only a solid review but also an indispensable reference source. The authors are leading academicians in the field, each of whom actively participates in the ongoing national intergroup therapy protocols. Pertinent and informative tables accompany this text. Various CT, MRI, and plain film images from case studies are included as well as photographs of simulation (treatment planning) films, which give the book a practical bent. These examples can be directly applied to actual patients. Numerous references are provided at the close of each chapter; they include both classic literature as well as updated material. A special feature has the most recommended articles asterisked in the margin. This is especially helpful when researchinga topic or preparing a presentation. This book has my highest recommendation. Its direct, clear, and thoughtful presentation reads extremely well. It should be mandatory reading for anyone on a pediatric radiation rotation (including nonradiation oncologists). It provides the best overview of the field available in print today. This edition is expanded and updated, making it a must buy for any medical reference facility.
James G. Douglas
This much anticipated third edition is an excellent update of the only textbook specifically devoted to the use of radiotherapy for management of childhood cancers. The previous edition was published in 1994. It is intended to provide a concise yet inclusive overview of pediatric tumors, with emphasis on the indications and techniques of radiation therapy for those tumors. The book is primarily written for radiation oncologists, both residents and practitioners, who treat childhood cancers. It would also be an invaluable resource to a pediatric oncologist's reference library as a companion textbook to Pizzo and Poplach's Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1997). The text is primarily organized by tumor types. In each chapter there is a discussion of tumor epidemiology, biology, and staging, followed by treatment strategies, with primary emphasis on combination chemotherapy/radiotherapy multimodal approaches. Controversies in treatments are fully explored. Radiotherapy techniques are described in detail where appropriate and include contemporary treatment planning methods. References are abundant and current. In the final chapters important issues such as long-term sequelae of irradiation are covered, and practical information on the use of anesthesia/sedation and immobilization devices in children is provided. The entire book has been substantially rewritten and updated from the second edition. Welcome additions include the more liberal use of figures and pictures, including color plates showing three dimensional treatment plans. This new edition continues the tradition of excellence found in the previous editions. It is very well written andeasy to read with a cohesiveness that is rarely found in reference textbooks of this nature. It should be in the library of every oncologist involved in the care of children with cancer.
Booknews
Offers background information on cancer in children, and information on diagnostic and staging studies, treatment strategies, and when and how to employ radiation therapy. Each chapter is devoted to a specific tumor type, and reflects controversies in management, presenting all major sides of an issue. Areas covered include leukemia, brain tumors, Hodgkin's disease, Ewing's sarcoma, osteosarcoma, Wilm's tumor, and tumors of the liver and biliary tree. Others subjects include late effects of cancer treatment, secondary tumors, anesthesia for external-beam radiotherapy, and stabilization and immobilization devices. Includes b&w photos, and b&w and color images. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: James G Douglas, MD, MS (Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County)
Description: This much anticipated third edition is an excellent update of the only textbook specifically devoted to the use of radiotherapy for management of childhood cancers. The previous edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: It is intended to provide a concise yet inclusive overview of pediatric tumors, with emphasis on the indications and techniques of radiation therapy for those tumors.
Audience: The book is primarily written for radiation oncologists, both residents and practitioners, who treat childhood cancers. It would also be an invaluable resource to a pediatric oncologist's reference library as a companion textbook to Pizzo and Poplach's Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1997).
Features: The text is primarily organized by tumor types. In each chapter there is a discussion of tumor epidemiology, biology, and staging, followed by treatment strategies, with primary emphasis on combination chemotherapy/radiotherapy multimodal approaches. Controversies in treatments are fully explored. Radiotherapy techniques are described in detail where appropriate and include contemporary treatment planning methods. References are abundant and current. In the final chapters important issues such as long-term sequelae of irradiation are covered, and practical information on the use of anesthesia/sedation and immobilization devices in children is provided. The entire book has been substantially rewritten and updated from the second edition. Welcome additions include the more liberal use of figures and pictures, including color plates showing three dimensional treatment plans.
Assessment: This new edition continues the tradition of excellence found in the previous editions. It is very well written and easy to read with a cohesiveness that is rarely found in reference textbooks of this nature. It should be in the library of every oncologist involved in the care of children with cancer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451148695
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Health
Publication date:
03/28/2012
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NOOK Book
Pages:
512
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16 MB
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