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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heidi Phillips, BA, VMD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book provides up-to-date, state-of-the-art information on all aspects of comparative oncology, from the epidemiology and known causes of cancer in companion animals to the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. The previous edition was published six years ago.
Purpose: The purpose is to detail the most recently proposed and confirmed mechanisms of disease and treatment of disease. New information pertaining to cancer biology, cancer epidemiology, and clinical trials is especially helpful.
Audience: Written for students and practitioners of veterinary medicine, the book is a highly useful aid for the study and management of oncological disease by all who are engaged in the study or practice of veterinary medicine, from students and general practitioners to boarded specialists. The authors are authorities in the fields of veterinary oncology, pathology, and surgery.
Features: The book successfully covers all areas of cancer biology and treatment, and provides succinct and informative summaries of known epidemiology and risk factors for the development of many cancers. Of special note is the completeness of the chapter dedicated to paraneoplastic conditions, which is unique aspect to this book. Special attention also is given to supportive care of cancer patients and to client education, often the most difficult tasks faced by veterinarians treating cancer in companion animals.
Assessment: This is a timely and thorough update that provides an accurate, inclusive summary of clinical studies and recommendations for practitioners treating cancers of all kinds in companion animals. The attention paid to the peripheral aspects of cancer diagnosis and management, such as the recognition and treatment of paraneoplastic conditions, is noteworthy.