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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Hidayatullah G. Munshi, MD (Northwestern University)
Description: This is an up-to-date, comprehensive book detailing the basic biology and management of some of the world's most common cancers. The previous edition was published in 2002 and since then there has been a significant progress in our understanding and management of gastrointestinal cancers.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a useful reference covering all aspects of gastrointestinal cancers, including the basic biology, pathology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. The editors have successfully achieved this goal by bringing together leading experts in each of these areas.
Audience: This book will be useful to anyone interested in understanding the pathobiology and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, especially given the fact that our understanding and treatment of these cancers is rapidly evolving. It will be useful not only to lab researchers, but also to practicing clinicians.
Features: The first portion of the book covers the principles of modern oncology as they relate to gastrointestinal cancers, focusing on such topics as epidemiology, genetics, diagnostic imaging, and management. The second portion is an up-to-date and in-depth review of each of the site-specific gastrointestinal cancers. Chapters focus not only on molecular biology and pathology, but also on the management of each of the cancers from the viewpoint of medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists. The entire book is also online and fully searchable, making it even more accessible and useful.
Assessment: This is a valuable contribution to the field as there has been tremendous progress in our understanding and treatment of these cancers over the last five years. This book will be useful to anyone interested in understanding the basic biology or in learning to take care of patients with these very common cancers.