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Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology Hardcover – Dec 17 2004

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  • Hardcover: 3500 pages
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 7 edition (Dec 17 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781744504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781744508
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.5 x 7.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,199,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
As a resident, I use this book as a first resource for almost all Oncology reading. By your second year of residency you should be getting a lot of your data from the literature rather than texts, but it is still very useful to have a text summery to start from. Take prostate cancer as an example. You can read the DeVita chapter in a (long) afternoon and have an excellent base to expand from. Furthermore, the hundreds of references for each chapter are essentially a list of every landmark article on that topic. If you are an intern or MS4 and you are going to go Rad-Onc, Internal then Med-Onc, OB-Gyn Onc, or even Surgery or Dermatology then you simply need this book. There is nothing else that comes close. To be honest, if you are building any type of medical library whatsoever, you need this book. By the way, mine came with the CD-Rom version on the inside of the back cover for free! Check with your retailer to see if yours will, too. Best of luck, study hard- CURE CANCER!
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Although the Devita text is a good resource, it has important drawbacks. In every edition, including the latest one, too much information has been out of date even at the first day of publication. Several other major oncology texts somehow manage to avoid this problem much better. Also, since the text comes out every two years, information in the current edition is already at least 3 years old or older. Beyond this, the index is detailed but it still is hard to find specific information, i.e., the book is clumsily organized. Finally, the CD version has the worst search program that I have ever used. You can enter information with any degree of specificity and the search will retrieve (at best) a list of chapters and major chapter sections in which to look. You then have to read through miles of text to find the information that you wanted. Searchability is one of the main reasons for buying a CD and I consider the Devita CD virtually worthless.
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Format: Hardcover
this book is considered one of the text...that make the specialest so much satisfied by the quality and quantity of the information it contain and the it is discussed. but for us in middle east it is very [pricey]. you will understand that when you know that my monthly salary as an assesstent lecturer inradiation oncology dept.; Alazhar university, Cairo, Egypt;... a low price edition will be much helpful and very wise to prevent illegal copying of the book. thanks a lote
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ebc5ccc) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ebe3ad4) out of 5 stars Cumbersome organization Oct. 25 2002
By Justin D Cohen, MD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although the Devita text is a good resource, it has important drawbacks. In every edition, including the latest one, too much information has been out of date even at the first day of publication. Several other major oncology texts somehow manage to avoid this problem much better. Also, since the text comes out every two years, information in the current edition is already at least 3 years old or older. Beyond this, the index is detailed but it still is hard to find specific information, i.e., the book is clumsily organized. Finally, the CD version has the worst search program that I have ever used. You can enter information with any degree of specificity and the search will retrieve (at best) a list of chapters and major chapter sections in which to look. You then have to read through miles of text to find the information that you wanted. Searchability is one of the main reasons for buying a CD and I consider the Devita CD virtually worthless.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ebe3b28) out of 5 stars comprehensive, but not flawless Nov. 15 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Devita is recognized as the established text-book on medical oncology.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ebe3f60) out of 5 stars the must.. July 20 2005
By P. Souquet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The reference in the oncology book for students, oncologists and specialists involved in cancer treatment
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ebe433c) out of 5 stars Wonderful text for physicians and non-physicians alike. Oct. 6 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This immensely readable text is a gold-mine for anyone interested in cancer. It is a blessing that this text exists for understanding the pathology, treatment and prognoses of various cancers
HASH(0x9ebe40d8) out of 5 stars Very good book July 25 2012
By Ruben Agrelo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the few textbooks available about cancer biology.Very well written and concise it will give you an overview of this changing field.
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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