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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Haleigh Werner, MD (University of Washington Medical Center)
Description: The fourth edition of this book continues its tradition of providing extensive in-depth and up-to-date information spanning all aspects of radiation oncology - from radiobiology, physics, and cancer biology to radiation oncology technology and clinical practice.
Purpose: The expressed purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a definitive, authoritative, and comprehensive review of radiation oncology. This fourth edition meets these objectives extremely well.
Audience: "This book is written for radiation oncologists in practice and training, however, it can also be an important resource for medical and surgical oncologists and to all involved in oncology practice. "
Features: "This book begins with an excellent overview on the history and application of radiation oncology and then proceeds with a thorough discussion of cancer biology and radiation physics. This book also has new comprehensive chapters on three-dimensional planning and intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning which is essential given the rapid changes in the evolution of radiation therapy planning. Following the chapters on various radiation techniques, modalities and modifiers are the clinical chapters devoted to each individual anatomic cancer site. Each chapter provides an excellent review of anatomy, epidemiology, pathology, diagnostic work-up, prognostic factors, and treatment with a separate section detailing the results of clinical trials and those pertinent trials in progress. The book is very well illustrated with radiologic images, simulation films, graphs, figures and tables. These illustrations are conveniently placed on the same page as the text describing the data. In addition, numerous references are organized alphabetically at the end of each chapter. "
Assessment: In my opinion, this book continues to be single, most authoritative textbook for radiation oncology. The editors and authors have done an outstanding job of implementing many new chapters addressing the changing technology and tumor biology and providing clear, concise information on the wide variety of malignancies encountered in clinical practice. This book is a must for practicing radiation oncologists and radiation oncology residents. It will not disappoint the reader.