Progress in pediatric oncology has antedated even some of the more recent accomplishments in adult oncology. Considerable advances have been made in the treatment of children and adolescents with leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma, and other cancers, and this success has resulted in a significant improvement in the overall survival of these young patients.

Even when cured, however, young people who survive cancer often experience challenging physical and emotional consequences. The management of these consequences must be integrated with the treatment and follow-up strategies to ensure these patients the best possible quality of life.

The ongoing, unified research efforts of a single pediatric cooperative group can serve as a catalyst for further advances in this field. Many pediatric patients may benefit from evidence-based therapeutic and supportive-care approaches; however, they may not have access to research facilities or may not choose to be a part of ongoing research. This monograph provides an excellent overview of current treatment strategies in pediatric oncology. It delivers encouraging news to physicians, regardless of specialty, who see young patients in their medical practices. Pediatricians would especially benefit from reading this volume, but family physicians, oncologists, hematologists, neurologists, radiotherapists, behavioral scientists, and psychologists would also find it useful

We would like to thank Vickie J. Williams, managing editor; Kim DuPree, Katie Matias, and Sandy Young of the Department of Scientific Publications; the volume editors; and the chapter authors for their very valuable contributions to this work.

Aman U. Buzdar, M.D. 
Ralph S. Freedman, M.D., Ph.D.

© 2005 Springer-Verlag, New York, Inc. All rights reserved. ISBN: 0-387-24470-0.