Gr 8 Up-This is not just another revision of the Silversteins' Cancer: Can It Be Stopped? (HarperCollins, 1987). It is a study of the most recent clinical trials and the newest developments and ongoing research in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Each chapter begins with a case study about a patient and then proceeds into the chapter topic. The use of marijuana and the debate about legalizing it for medicinal purposes is discussed, as is the use of thalidomide. Data and acronyms abound, although the statistics have to be taken at face value as there are no source notes. Black-and-white photographs, with an occasional table of facts, are included. Some photographs are very similar to those in the earlier book. An extensive glossary, a list of resources and organizations, and a good index are included. The writing is more sophisticated than in the previous edition and it's dry, but it will interest readers who want to learn everything they can about the current medical state of cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. Kirsten Lamb's Cancer (Raintree, 2002) is for less-capable readers but has full-color illustrations, numerous text boxes, bulleted lists, and graphs and charts.-Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.