by Hagop M. Kantarjian, Robert A. Wolff, Charles A. Koller
The MD Anderson Manual of Medical Oncology was designed to fill an important void in oncology reference material by serving as a hands-on resource for the practicing oncologist. It was written exclusively by MD Anderson faculty and fellows with the idea of presenting a bird’s eye view of medical oncology as it is currently practiced at that institution. While definitely written from the perspective of the medical oncologist, this book clearly emphasizes MD Anderson’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. Furthermore, while evidence-based rationales are given for patient care strategies, no apologies are offered for articulating the unique perspectives and biases as they apply to cancer biology and therapy as practiced at this top-rated cancer center. The rationales for ongoing clinical trials are clearly articulated as well as the importance of ongoing clinical investigation. The authors have filled the book with tables, graphics, relevant pathology figures, and other illustrative images, making it visually stimulating. Flowchart and diagrammatic algorithms are supplied to provide readers with a practical guide to the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies used at MD Anderson. Numerous chapters address important palliative and supportive measures, such as oncologic emergencies, infections, endocrine manifestations of non-endocrine tumors, palliation, and long-term followup.