Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology Hardcover – Dec 17 2004
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European Urology Today, Volume 17, Issue 1 -- "I was particularly taken by the chapters describing radiotherapy techniques, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy, and innovative surgical techniques. This textbook should be present in all medical oncological departments." European Urology Today Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Volume 6, Issue 294 -- "Since its initial publication in 1982, Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, edited by DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg, has been a staple reference text in the medical oncologist's library. With each edition, the numbers of topics and contributors have increased, and this, the seventh edition, is the most inclusive. The practice of oncology has changed dramatically over the last 3 decades. We have progressed from the discovery that Hodgkin disease can be cured with chemotherapy to the knowledge that a variety of cancers can be cured or have improved survival. We have seen new chemotherapeutic agents developed in just the last several years become standard therapy. Most exciting, though, is the new era of targeted therapies: antiangiogenesis agents, enzyme inhibitors, and monoclonal antibodies, among others. Certainly, while there are other worthy texts, for many oncologists, Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology has been a primary reference since our training. The seventh edition continues to be a reliable and thorough source defining contemporary cancer care."-Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
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Its strengths are 1. the excellent introduction to the science of oncology 2. the comprehensive reviews of each tumour type (inevitably dated as is almost every text-book) 3. a sufficient coverage of all modalities of treatment to allow the medical oncologist to appreciate the contribution of surgery, and radiation therapy 4. a number of useful discussions of common clinical scenarios.
Its weakness is twofold: 1. if you are looking for a clear recommendation or approach to a problem you will often be better served elsewhere 2. the writing is hard going with a strong tendency to turgid US academic prose.
So who should read it? Any medical oncology fellow should read this or one of the similar books cover to cover. For consultants it is a useful starting point to review a condition not often seen, or provide a background to the field. In contrast to another reviewer I cannot believe a lay-person without a very strong health science background will be able to wade through it.
Later you would be able to read a more detailed textbook like Weinberg's.In summary I strongly recommend this book.
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