Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics

: 2010  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 594-

Specialist training in oncology

Francis James 
 Additional Professor of Radiation Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum - 695 011, Kerala, India

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Francis James
Additional Professor of Radiation Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum - 695 011, Kerala

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James F. Specialist training in oncology.J Can Res Ther 2010;6:594-594

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[AUTHOR:1]Editors: TV Ajithkumar and Helen M Hatcher

Publisher: Mosby, Elsevier,

Publication date: October 1, 2010

Price: £45.99/ Rs 3031

Many of the currently available oncology books are reference books detailing various treatment options and controversies, which are quite likely to confuse a new oncology trainee and trainees often 'cannot see the wood for the trees'. There has been a need for an oncology textbook for clinical, medical, and surgical oncology trainees, which clearly describes the basic principles and practical aspects of cancer management. 'Specialist training in oncology' is a new book edited by TV Ajithkumar and Helen M Hatcher, published by Mosby, intended for just that purpose.

The book covers the following three parts: basic principles, site-specific cancer management, and research in oncology. Part one covers clinical approach to cancer patients, principles of surgery, radiotherapy and systemic treatment, cancer genetics, late effects of treatment, and palliative care. This gives a good introduction.

Site-specific management covers all common cancers and includes work-up and stage-wise treatment recommendations. Oncologic emergencies and management of side effects are also added to this section.

The last section covers clinical trials in cancer and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of clinical research in cancer.

The layout, formatting, and flow charts are of excellent quality, and make understanding and reading a pleasure. The figures are plenty and include clinical photographs, radiological, magnetic resonance and nuclear medicine images, anatomy sketches, and radiation planning.

The 'Specialist training in Oncology' makes an excellent companion to the recently updated textbook 'Practical radiotherapy planning' written by Ann Barrett et al. intended to describe practical aspects of radiation planning. These two books will certainly make the lives of clinical oncology or radiation oncology trainees a lot easier. This will reduce frowning of consultants too!