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From The CriticsReviewer: Kenneth R. Carson, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This update provides a comprehensive review of the methods of determining prognosis and their clinical use with numerous tumor types.
Purpose: The intent with this new edition is to consolidate previous work in prognosis and prognostic factors, facilitating their use in clinical practice. These are worthy objectives, as patients with cancer and their physicians often struggle with providing realistic prognostic advice. Prognosis is often a lost art in the practice of modern, evidence-based medicine. The authors deliver exactly what they intended.
Audience: "This book is targeted at clinicians and researchers in the field of oncology. Each of the authors and editors is a credible authority in his or her respective field. "
Features: A well written description of the background and methods used to determine prognosis, including anatomic, histologic, and genetic prognostic factors, begins the book. The book is then divided into disease specific chapters with prognostic information related to each disease type. Each of these chapters contains a table for quick reference, which is helpful for busy clinicians.
Assessment: This is a well organized and reasonably comprehensive book. While the use of genetic prognostic factors is not explained comprehensively for all tumor types, the usefulness of this information is still being determined for many tumors. The book provides a quick reference that brings together state-of-the-art knowledge for numerous tumor types. The inclusion of genetic prognostic information for some tumor types as well as information on prognosis in the terminal setting, provides additional value in this third edition.