Basics of Oncology, 2nd edition

Basics of Oncology, 2nd edition

Author: Frederick O. Stephens

Publisher: Springer


Publish Date: December 18, 2015

ISBN-10: 331923367X

Pages: 389

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Who Should Read This Book

In Western societies and other developed countries, cancer is the leading cause of death, after cardiovascular disease. It is therefore a major component of medical undergraduate curricula and of primary concern to nurses and allied health workers.

Presently most undergraduate students learn about cancer from a broad range of general and specialist books and journals. Medical students read about cancer in textbooks of surgery, pathology and cancer medicine as well as in general and specialist journals and from time to time in newspaper reports, in magazines and from various other sources.

We the authors teach, practise and conduct research in different specialty areas in different parts of the world. We agreed that we should write this book as an easily understood and general overview of cancer for students of medicine, nurse oncologists, students of medical sciences and other health professionals in all parts of the world. It is intended to serve as a basis for more detailed or specialised studies that will be needed in different areas of practice and in different countries. Different countries will emphasise different aspects according to their more specific community needs, incidence, traditions and available healthcare facilities and systems.

What This Book Is About

This book is intended to give an introduction to the scientifi c and clinical aspects of cancer, that is, the broad range of concepts of causes, pathology, clinical features, possible investigations, treatments and outcomes both for cancers in general and for the common cancers in different countries. It should be a basis for further study as appropriate for all areas of oncology no matter where it is practised or in what particular professional discipline. The purpose of this book is not to cover all social, personal, environmental or fi nancial aspects of cancer nor to discuss details of supportive services available. These important aspects will differ in different countries with different social, medical and administrative services and facilities as well as different traditional practices and requirements. Ideal comprehensive facilities and services may or may not be available. Other books, specifi cally written for students and practitioners in different countries with different curriculum requirements, may be needed to cover these aspects.

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