Principles of Neuro-Oncology: Cancer of the Nervous System

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The only book to provide comprehensive coverage of all the clinical management strategies of tumors afflicting the nervous system! Provides the best and most logical synthesis between clinical information and the molecular and basic science principles of these diseases. With a strong focus on radiation therapy, this text features management guidelines for treatment, including dosages and preferred combination of chemotherapeutic drugs as well as coverage of patient follow-up care. Brain tumors account in proportional terms for the highest level of mortality amongst cancer patients. Their incidence is also markedly on the rise, and now represents the most common solid tumor in children. As it is the only organ system without an inherent lymphatic system to protect against disease, the brain and peripheral nerves are also more susceptible to the spread of cancer from other regions of the body than any other organ. Once considered a veritable death sentence, the diagnosis of a CNS tumor is now conveyed along with measured optimism and a wide array of prospective strategies for its clinical management. Treatment of these tumors had always traditionally been the exclusive domain of the neurosurgeon, but now with the advent of many effective chemo- and radiotherapeutic regimens, this discipline has become as multi-modality oriented as many others in the field of oncology. Schiff’s Principles of Neuro-Oncology will provide comprehensive coverage of all the clinical management strategies employable for the diagnosis and treatment of tumors that afflict the nervous system.

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" Principles of Neuro-Oncology covers neuro-oncology in a thoughtful, methodical, and comprehensive manner. I found it easy and interesting enough to read that I finished the entire book over one weekend. The book clearly explained basic principles and laid out scientific rationale for future research. It is full of sound, up to date clinical advice that should be useful for residents, fellows, and even experienced clinicians....In summary, editors Schiff and O’Neill, together with their co-contributors, have put together a comprehensive but readily available reference work for neuro-oncology. I recommend it to radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, and neuro-surgery residents, fellows, and experienced clinicians alike."-- International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics ( International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 2006-05-01)

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PRINCIPLES OF NEURO-ONCOLOGY

David Schiff, MD

Brian Patrick O’Neill, MD

Only PRINCIPLES OF NEURO-ONCOLOGY provides comprehensive coverage of diagnosis and treatment of all primary and metastatic tumors of the nervous system. Offering streamlined access to sophisticated imaging studies that aid in diagnosis, and to management guidelines for treatment, the text assists those physicians who care for the growing numbers of patients with nervous system malignancies. PRINCIPLES OF NEURO-ONCOLOGY provides:

• A logical synthesis of clinical strategies and the basic science and molecular principles underlying these diseases

• In-depth coverage of all major tumors of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves

• The most comprehensive coverage of radiation therapies for nervous system tumors of any source

• Ready access to dosages and preferred combinations of chemotherapeutic drugs

• 500 diagnostic images; over 100 in full color

• Thorough introduction to presentations and neuroimaging

• Epidemiology, genetic and molecular underpinnings, and neuropathology

• Clinical strategies for complications of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment

• Information on patient follow-up care

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