The MD Anderson Cancer Care Series: Gastrointestinal Cancer. Edited by Jaffer A. Ajani, Steven A. Curley, Nora A. Janjan, and Patrick M. Lynch. New York: Springer Science+Business Media, Inc., 2005. 400 pages. Softcover. ISBN 0-387-22090-9.
Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract remain a major challenge for cancer specialists in the United States and worldwide. Gastrointestinal Cancer, the third volume of the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series, details MD Anderson Cancer Center’s current standard approach to the care of patients with gastrointestinal cancer. Designed for the busy practitioner, this book emphasizes the day-to-day aspects of practice, minimizing both extensive literature review and approaches not yet incorporated into routine practice.
In 20 comprehensive yet concise chapters, the experts at MD Anderson describe their current standard approach to treating gastrointestinal malignancies. In addition to chapters devoted to individual disease sites, the book covers:
- recent advances in histopathology
- the current status of imaging techniques in gastrointestinal cancer
- the roles of endoscopy and laparoscopy
- risk factors for colorectal cancer susceptibility
- screening and prevention of colorectal cancer
- palliative therapy
- bowel management
Each chapter ends with an up-to-date list of suggested readings and a list of “key practice points” highlighting the most important principles presented.
This thorough, practical volume, which includes more than 60 photographs and line drawings, is an essential clinical guide for oncologists, surgeons, and all physicians involved in the care of patients with gastrointestinal cancer.