National Cancer Control Programmes, Policy and Managerial Guidelines 2nd Edition

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Published by World Health Organisation (2002)
ISBN: 92-4-154557-7.
180 pages.
RRP: US$37.80

The first edition of this book was produced following a meeting of a Working Group on National Cancer Control Programs at WHO in 1991. This second edition has been produced by the Cancer Control Program of Noncommunicable Diseases WHO following a meeting on national cancer control programs in developing countries held in 2000. The intention of the monograph is to provide advice to guide the development of effective cancer control programs internationally, and in particular in developing countries. In summary, the book aims to provide a framework for policy development and program management in cancer control, which is able to be translated across differing socioeconomic and cultural contexts.

Part one overviews the medical and social context of cancer to provide a rationale and background for the establishment of a cancer control program. Part two goes on to discuss approaches to cancer control, introducing the principle of the prevention and early detection of cancer, cancer treatment, palliative care, cancer research and surveillance. Part three overviews the development of a national cancer control program and briefly describes activities in cancer control in various countries. Finally, part four gives advice about how to identify priorities for action.

The book covers quite some territory. Limitations in this approach relate to the level of detail included on some subjects. However, such an approach is consistent with the aim of the book and it would be expected that readers could then go elsewhere for more detailed information. The breadth of the book will be useful in that it provides a single reference point for those seeking to develop a conceptual framework in support of their cancer control activities. The content of the book is well presented, with good use of diagrams and case studies to enhance readability.

This book would serve as an excellent resource for the many NGOs and health agencies interested in cancer control. Also, it is likely to be of value as a student text for those involved in conducting tertiary courses addressing this important topic.

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