Cancer Principles & Practice of Oncology Review

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Second Edition
Ramaswamy Govindan
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2010)
RRP: US$85.00
ISBN-13: 9781605470580

I studied for my English Literature ‘O’ Level examination using Brody’s Notes, which provided a review of the texts we were studying. However, I did not read the texts and subsequently only received a “D” Grade and failed my exam.

This book provides a valuable tool for those studying the discipline of cancer, but must be recognised as a tool to test the knowledge already acquired rather than as the source of knowledge itself. The book’s editor, Ramaswamy Govindan, acknowledges this as the role of the book in the preface. This book is a companion to Devita, Lawrence and Rosenberg’s authoritative textbook, Cancer – Principles and Practice of Oncology, and as such is useful in directing attention to the key points of each subject.

This book is divided into chapters based on those in the Devita text book, which allows for the reader to focus on particular areas of specialisation. Each chapter comprehensively covers the assigned subject matter providing the reader with a thorough interrogation of knowledge held.

The book contains hundreds of multiple-choice and case-based questions covering the principles of surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology and malignant haematology. Topics covered include the biology, diagnosis, staging and treatment of cancers, as well as the management of cancer and treatment complications at each anatomic site. The questions vary between simple one-lined inquiries to more involved case studies. In either case, the answers provided are comprehensive explanations of the issue raised and include surrounding points of interest.

Disappointingly, this book does not include chapters on psychosocial issues nor cancer rehabilitation, both of which are important topics in modern oncological practice.

As with the definitive text Cancer – Principles and Practice of Oncology, this review provides online access to ensure any updates to practice detailed in the book can be captured online, thus ensuring the questions and answers represent contemporary, cutting edge practice.

This book particularly targets medical and nursing staff studying for clinical exams and would provide a useful resource for those setting the examinations for such people. For this reason this book provides a valuable contribution to any medical or nursing library.

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