Description: This text is a condensed version of Perez's Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, 3rd Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1998).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a summary of the basic concepts necessary in the daily practice of radiation oncology that is available for immediate consultation. It is not meant to replace the comprehensive data in the full text.
Audience: The target audience includes oncology residents and practitioners. Although the clinical summaries of each site are useful for all oncologic healthcare professionals, the radiation oncology student, resident, and practitioner will find the discussions of radiotherapy techniques most beneficial.
Features: Only those chapters containing radiation therapy treatment planning and management principles are included. A systematic review of tumors by site/organ comprises the bulk of the text, and includes anatomy, natural history, staging and diagnostic work-up, a summary of radiation techniques, outcomes, and sequelae. Biologic principles, radiation physics, and basic epidemiology are omitted. The text is organized in point form; appropriate illustrations with supplementary explanations are also included. An appendix of commonly used medications is a practical addition not found in the full text. Unfortunately, the contributors to each chapter are not identified, and the reader is not told who actually condensed each chapter.
Assessment: Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncologyis considered to be mandatory reading for all radiotherapy trainees, and a reliable reference for the practicing oncologist. This condensation provides basic clinical and management principles with regard to radiotherapy; however, a frequent limitation in summarizing any topic is the loss of historical and evolutionary perspectives. Thus, a reader may not grasp the rationale for a treatment technique or guideline. The editors are quite clear, nonetheless, that this is to serve as a quick clinical reference only, and not as a replacement of the full text.