"Basics of Oncology" provides an easily understood and general overview of the basic medical, scientific and clinical aspects of cancer. Causes, pathology, clinical features, diagnostic investigations, treatments and outcomes are all carefully explained and discussed, both for cancers in general and for the common cancers in individual countries. The reader will thereby be provided with an understanding of how and why people develop cancer, how the body reacts to cancer, what can be done to prevent the disease, and how the various cancers are best diagnosed and treated. The book will serve as a sound basis for the more detailed or specific studies that may be needed in different areas of practice and in different countries. It will be invaluable for students of medicine, nurse oncologists, students of medical sciences and other health professionals in all parts of the world.
THE CANCER PROBLEM.- What Is Malignancy?.- Epidemiology.- Summary of Practical Measures to Prevent Cancer.- GENERAL FEATURES OF CANCER - PRESENTATION AND MANAGEMENT.- Symptoms of Cancer: Local and General.- Signs of Cancer: Local and General.- Clinico-Pathology of Cancers.- Investigations That May Be Useful in Detecting Cancer.- Treating Cancer.- Relationship Between Patients, Their Doctors and the Healthcare Team.- MOST COMMON CANCERS.- Skin Cancers.- Lung Cancer (Bronchogenic Carcinoma).- Breast Cancer.- Cancers of the Digestive System (Alimentary Tract).- Head and Neck Cancers.- Cancers of Female Genital Organs.- Cancers of the Male Genital Organs.- Cancers of Bladder and Kidneys.- Cancers of the Brain and Nervous System.- The Leukaemias and Lymphomas.- Soft-Tissue Sarcomas.- Malignant Tumours of Bone and Cartilage.- Metastatic (Secondary) Cancer.- MAKING PROGRESS.- Techniques and Evidence of Progress.- Future Directions.
From the reviews: "This book explores the topic of cancer from a basic medical, clinical standpoint without undertaking any of the psychosocial aspects of the disease. It is intended to provide students, both medical and nursing, a basic understanding of cancer ! . It is easy to read and understand for all students in health related fields ! . The overall quality of this book is good, and it could be useful for teaching students about cancer ! . it may be handy as an additional reference." (Margaret R Hurst, Doody's Review Service, September, 2009) "Stephens and Aigner ! provide a general overview of the essential medical, scientific and clinical aspects of cancer by offering detailed explanations and discussion of the causes, pathology, clinical features, diagnostic investigations, treatments and outcomes all within one volume. The aim is to furnish students of medicine, nurse oncologists and other health professionals with a sound basis with which to expand into detailed or specific study in different areas of practice." (Times Higher Education, February, 2010)