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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael S. Cookson, MD(Vanderbilt University School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive textbook details contemporary information with regard to the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer. The text consists of seventeen chapters which have been authored by an internationally esteemed panel of experts. It is broad in scope and covers many specific and timely topics with regard to prostate cancer. The emphasis is on initial diagnosis, natural history evaluation, and treatment options of patients with prostate cancer.
Purpose: While not specifically stated, the purpose is centered around providing an updated analysis of the currently available information, specifically in regard to issues such as prostate cancer screening, diagnosis (including pathology in regard to the biopsy specimen), and an updated version of the wide variety of treatment options.
Audience: The targeted audience appears to be urologists, radiation therapists, and medical oncologists who specialize in the treatment of patients with prostate cancer.
Features: Chapter One is an excellent overview of the natural history of prostate cancer. Chapters Two and Three contain pertinent details with respect to analysis biopsy material. The chapter on PIN is particularly well written. Chapter Seven addresses the controversial issue of prostate cancer screening. Chapter Eight contains an overview of PSA; Chapters Eleven though Fifteen address issues related to treatment, including surgery, radiation therapy, cryosurgery, and hormonal manipulation. Chapter Sixteen is designed to review the state-of-the-art with respect to chemotherapy in the management of prostate cancer. The major strength of this textbook is the expert opinion provided by the distinguished contributors who are represented in this international collaboration. While the text is well written, one weakness is the limited number of photographs available, particularly with respect to the pathology chapters, and the inclusion of only black-and-white photographs. Another weakness, regarding the radiation therapy chapter, is the less than two pages devoted to interstitial brachytherapy and only a single page devoted to advances with respect to combination therapy, combining androgen deprivation therapy with radiation.
Assessment: The editors are to be commended for their attempt to provide an updated and comprehensive textbook on the management of prostate cancer. One of the particularly challenging aspects of a textbook of this nature is the rapidly expanding and ever changing approach to the management of prostate cancer, which within one to two years can make a variety of these chapters appear outdated. Despite this limitation, I think this textbook is well-written and could be recommended as an excellent text for the busy clinician desiring an updated reference on the diagnosis and management of patients with prostate cancer.