This second edition of Breast Cancer continues the tradition of the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series. The book is oriented towards the needs of clinicians who manage breast cancer at every stage of the disease. Chapters are written by experts with a strong knowledge of research findings who also are active in the clinic and understand the practical needs of the patient and her physician.
Multidisciplinary care is a popular term today, but such care has been practiced at MD Anderson Cancer Center for decades. The physicians who assembled this book are experienced practitioners of multidisciplinary care. The authors of each chapter carry out their clinical activities at our Nellie B. Connally Breast Center, where they collaborate in providing complete patient care services at a single site
The chapters start, logically, with prevention of breast cancer and personalized risk assessment, including genetics. These topics are followed by chapters on early detection, with emphasis on a variety of sophisticated imaging techniques and sampling of tissue. The various surgical options, including reconstruction, are thoroughly presented. Before medical oncology is introduced there are chapters dealing with the growing use of markers to predict prognosis and to select hormonal or chemotherapy treatments that are likely to succeed. The book concludes with issues related to survivorship, including re-entering social and job-related activities and dealing with questions related to sexuality and reproduction.
I recommend this book to anyone seeking to apply the science and art of medicine to patients with breast cancer and to women who wish to prevent the disease or have survived it. Readers will become up to date on recent discoveries in, for example, human cancer genetics, expression arrays, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonography, as well as current approaches to managing the mental and social challenges with which breast cancer patients must deal. Clinicians who read this book will become more skillful health care providers, which is the aim of each of the volumes in the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series.
John Mendelsohn, M.D.
President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center