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Focusing on cancer in small animals, this updated 3rd Edition comprehensively covers the latest material in clinical oncology, including chemotherapy, surgical oncology, and cytologic techniques in cancer. Its user-friendly style makes it an excellent reference for both veterinary practitioners and those involved in academic research. Timely new information that is relevant in day-to-day practice is emphasized. Numerous new contributing authors ensure the text is up to date and that it contains today's most important information on cancer in the small animal.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Anne Barger, DVM, MS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: The fourth edition of this book on cancer in small animals is a marked improvement over the third edition published in 2001. It not only has about 120 more pages with illustrations in color, but is now a standard 8.5" x 11" size. With this edition, the late, well-regarded coeditor Greg MacEwen, is replaced by David Vail who collaborates with senior editor Stephen Withrow. The 34 contributors are all well qualified in their areas.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an update on the care of the animal cancer patient. Oncology is a growing and vibrant area of veterinary practice and this book is a standard tool in that discipline.
Audience: Although written primarily for specialists in veterinary oncology, the book is suitable for general practitioners as well as for senior students of veterinary medicine.
Features: Unlike the third edition, which was organized more like the DeVita text of human oncology (Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 7th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004)), this edition is organized around the four areas of biology, diagnostics, therapeutics, and specific malignancies. Part two, entitled "Diagnostic Procedures for the Cancer Patient," is largely a new area with a completely new section on clinical imaging in oncology as well an updated section on clinical cytology that is itself a mini-atlas. Unfortunately, like all current offerings in cytology, there are no histo-cyto correlations to provide substance to cytologic interpretation with tumor gradings. There is an excellent new section on molecular diagnostics and issues that ends with an offering by the senior author on principles of biopsy. As a surgeon, he includes some very good rules of thumb.
Assessment: This is an essential reference for those working in animal clinical oncology. There have been many important advances since the third edition was published in 2001.
Barbara E. Kitchell
This textbook of veterinary cancer medicine is a clinically oriented resource. The first 14 chapters are general overviews of selected topics; the remaining chapters deal with specific tumor types. The prior edition was published in 1989 with the title Clinical Veterinary Oncology. The objectives are to provide a textbook that corrects what they describe as historically...strong opinions based on weak data. In the second edition, the objectives are expanded to be ...a state of the art book with an emphasis on biologic behavior and treatment of cancer in small animals. These objectives are worthy, and this edition represents a much-needed resource for veterinarians. For the most part, the objectives are met. The emphasis on exclusion of protocols based on weak data, although important, leaves some treatment areas lightly covered. Veterinary students, practitioners, and veterinary oncologists are the intended audience, according to the authors. The book meets the needs of this audience, although oncology specialists may find some of the material superficial. The editors are highly respected in the field of veterinary oncology. The selection of contributing authors adds depth to the material. Illustrations are black-and-white photographs and line drawings, which are appropriate in amount and quality. The references included are excellent and current. The authors have done a fine job with regard to references. The table of contents and index are well organized and adequate. The book is larger than the previous edition, and the cover design is improved. This second edition represents a substantial improvement and a much-needed reference resource. The bookis well written and exceptionally well referenced. The initial chapters are insightful, well-written overviews of principles of cancer biology, diagnosis, and therapy. The disease-specific chapters present the most current reviews of treatment protocols available. This book is a worthwhile addition to any practicing veterinarian's library.
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Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher

"The book is nicely split into sections and then into chapters. It is easy to find what you are looking for, be it some background science and explanation regarding cancer therapies, or information on a more specific tumour type. The book begins with a discussion of the basic science and principles of oncology, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This is explained nicely but simply, and is well illustrated throughout...In summary, this book covers the main tumours in good depth; it is a useful reference for the basic principles of veterinary oncology and is certainly recommended for the practice bookshelf. The new edition provides new material that enhances its usefulness."

Veterinary Record, May 2013

"This book is the ideal companion for the vet wishing to understand disease and the best way to deal with it including communication to the client, complementary and alternative medicine and developmental therapeutics. A large part of the book remains focused on specific malignancies according their location."

Royal Canin, Vet's - Today, December 2013

"This book is amazing! I find it very hard to be critical, so I have stopped trying and am just putting pen to paper and writing what I think. If you have an interest in oncology and some spare time to concentrate whilst reading, buy this book. If you are a resident studying oncology, learn this book and you will pass your exams. The amazing thing about this book compared to any other veterinary text book I have ever read is that not only is it an authoritative and extremely contemporary resource, it also manages to convey a critical appraisal of all of the relevant veterinary literature without lapsing into the language of critique. I have tried to find fault with this book by checking for popular misrepresentations of the veterinary oncology literature. Where there is a valid controversy, all sides are represented without bias and without necessarily giving air to the notion that a controversy exists. I cannot find fault.

One of the really striking things about this book is that it is so up to date. There is a significant time lag between starting a project, identifying editors, instructing chapter authors, giving deadlines, chasing authors, reviewing deadlines, editing text, proofing and publishing. I always used to say that any textbook is two years out of date by the time it reaches the shelves. However, this book is considerably more contemporary than I expected. This must, in part, be due to the excellent choices of author for the various chapters included. These individuals are known to be leaders in their fields. It must also be reflection of the hard work of the editorial and production teams.

You know a reviewer is reaching desperation point when they discuss the pictures in only the third paragraph (unless it is a book that is based upon illustrations). The diagrams in the early chapters are clear and are appropriate. Cytology images are clear and useful. Photographs add to the overall quality of the book and break up the words striking a victory for the production team. Graphs are used to illustrate outcomes in a manner that could not be achieved without them.

I really love this book. If you are interested in veterinary oncology, have a flick through this book online or at a conference when you get the chance. I hope that you agree with me that this is the definitive oncology reference source for the early 21st century and that you feel compelled to buy it. Your patients will thank you for it."

Gerry Polton MA VetMB MSc(Clin Onc) DipECVIM-CA(Onc) MRCVS, UK

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721605586
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/15/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why Worry About Cancer in Pet Animals? 1
2 The Pathology of Neoplasia 4
3 Tumor Biology 16
4 Paraneoplastic Syndromes 32
5 Diagnostic Cytology in Clinical Oncology 43
6 Biopsy Principles 52
7 Surgical Oncology 58
8 Cryosurgery 64
9 Chemotherapy 70
10 Radiation Therapy 87
11 Immunology and Biologic Therapy of Cancer 99
12 Metabolic Alterations and Nutritional Therapy for the Veterinary Cancer Patient 117
13 Complications of Cancer and Its Treatment 129
14 New Developments in Cancer Therapy 147
15 Tumors of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissues 167
16 Mast Cell Tumors 192
17 Soft Tissue Sarcomas 211
18 Tumors of the Gastrointestinal System
A Cancer of the Oral Cavity 227
B Cancer of the Salivary Glands 240
C Esophageal Cancer 241
D Exocrine Pancreas 243
E Gastric Cancer 244
F Hepatic Tumors 248
G Tumors of the Intestinal Tract 252
H Perianal Tumors 261
19 Tumors of the Respiratory System 268
20 Tumors of the Skeletal System 287
21 Tumors of the Endocrine System 316
22 Tumors of the Female Reproductive System 347
23 Tumors of the Mammary Gland 356
24 Tumors of the Male Reproductive Tract 373
25 Tumors of the Urinary System [S.N.]
26 Tumors of the Nervous System 393
27 Ocular Tumors 420
28 Hematopoietic Tumors
A Feline Retroviruses 432
B Canine Lymphoma and Lymphoid Leukemias 451
C Feline Lymphoma and Leukemias 479
D Canine Myeloproliferative Disorders and Malignant Histiocytosis 495
E Plasma Cell Neoplasms 509
29 Miscellaneous Tumors
A Hemangiosarcoma 521
B Thymoma 530
C Transmissible Venereal Tumor 533
D Mesothelioma 538
E Neoplasia of the Heart 542
30 Companion Animal Death and Pet Owner Grief 547
Index 561
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