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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 602

Principles and management of cancer: A literature boost in radiation oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology, Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Date of Web Publication31-Aug-2017

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Susovan Banerjee
Department of Radiation Oncology, Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.183199

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Banerjee S. Principles and management of cancer: A literature boost in radiation oncology. J Can Res Ther 2017;13:602

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Banerjee S. Principles and management of cancer: A literature boost in radiation oncology. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 May 27];13:602. Available from: http://www.cancerjournal.net/text.asp?2017/13/3/602/183199

Authors: Dr. Tejinder Kataria, Dr. Hemant Singhal, Dr. Dinesh Chand Doval

Publisher: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Limited

ISBN: 9789351529712

Price: Rs. 3895

Year of Publication: 2016

There is a dearth of quality compiled guidelines for the students, teachers, and practitioners in the developing countries of the low- and medium-income countries. With the increasing number of cases in the developing countries such as India, there is a rapid expansion of radiotherapy cancer treatment and training facilities.[1] With the increasing availability and practice of cancer treatment in these countries, more physicians are now involved in cancer care, and there is a need of quality literature for them, which should be comprehensive, evidence-based, narrates the modern practices, predicts the coming treatment trends yet simple to understand and at a bearable cost.

The book “Principles and Management of Cancer” fits here nicely. The unique features of the book include a team of eminent cancer physicians that includes radiation oncologists, medical physicists, cancer surgeons, medical oncologists, pain care physicians, and nutritionists of national and international repute. The book beautifully compiles the current approach to all major cancers, with essential updates from current evidence generated in the field. The chapters focusing on common cancer surgeries as that of head and neck or breast are illustrative and well written from an oncology prospective.

The book does not dwell on traditional radiotherapy treatment techniques and emphasizes more on the techniques of modern radiotherapy. The book can serve as an important bridge for the practicing radiation oncologists from their days of medical schooling to today's practice. Radiation oncology is a multidisciplinary treatment, and in most cases, the patient is referred for radiation therapy by a specialist of allied branches. In practice, it is generally seen that either many of them are not sensitized to the role of radiotherapy or they fear the adverse effects of radiotherapy. The book can be incorporated as an essential reading material in the postgraduate courses, to prime the students in training about the possible role of radiotherapy while dealing with a patient. Reading this book will provide a vivid understanding to them that radiotherapy is neither witchcraft nor rocket science but just another art in medicine based on sound scientific ground of physics, biology, medicine with clear clinical evidence.

I would like to congratulate the editors for successfully presenting the basics of cancer treatment and radiotherapy treatment of all major cancers in a comprehensive and lucid way along with the alphabets of medical physics, quality assurance, clinical trials, and supportive care within a reasonable volume of 832 pages. I wish to see the next edition comes in time with more added information about the developing countries.

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Banerjee S, Mahantshetty U, Shrivastava S. Brachytherapy in India – A long road ahead. J Contemp Brachytherapy 2014;6:331-5.  Back to cited text no. 1


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